Lifestyle of Prayer: Courageous Choices!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

Courageous Choices!

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:15
(NIV)

This week we will focus our prayer time on seeking God’s help in making courageous choices!  Regardless of our circumstances, or even our own role in being where we are, we have the opportunity to make choices that determine, or show, who we really serve.  Our prayer life should help us to be in line with God’s will so our choices will honor Him.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you see accurately where you are at in relationship with Him.  Pray that you would seek His help in making choices that draw you closer to Jesus and that help others see Him in you.  Pray for the courage to choose wisely in everything you do.  Pray that you would regard no choice as too insignificant for prayer.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
 

Please pray each day for God’s help in making courageous choices.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayChoose Life.  Pray that you would make courageous choices that lead to life.  Pray that you would be able to lovingly communicate the choice between life and death to others so they would choose life.  “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”  Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

TuesdayChoose Instruction.  Pray that you would always value godly instruction.  Pray that you would choose the instruction of God’s wisdom over anything else you may value.  Pray that all of your interactions with others would help them to know the value of godly instruction in their life.  “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold.”  Proverbs 8:10 (NIV)

WednesdayChoose Understanding.  Pray that you would choose an understanding that can only come from God.  Pray for a godly wisdom that is applied in your understanding of the times.  Pray that you would choose to apply godly understanding in all of your interactions with people.  “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!”  Proverbs 16:16 (NIV)

ThursdayChoose What Pleases the Lord.  Pray that your life would be lived choosing the things that please the Lord.  Pray for the courage to be consistent in pleasing the Lord so that others come to know Him.  “For this is what the LORD says: ‘To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant . . . I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.'”  Isaiah 56:4-5 (NIV)

FridayChoose to Be Spirit-filled Workers.  Pray that you would choose to value God’s presence in the lives of people.  Pray that you would choose to be one who is full of the Spirit and wisdom.  Pray that the people around you would know you as one who is full of the Spirit.  “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them.”  Acts 6:3 (NIV)

Saturday:  Choose to Be Faithful Messengers.  Pray that you would choose, to be a faithful messenger in carrying the gospel.  Pray for wisdom in being involved in choosing and sending out faithful messengers so the gospel would be shared everywhere they go.  “Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, two men who were leaders among the brothers.”  Acts 15:22 (NIV)