“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
This week we will focus our prayer time on living with a courageous faith. Since faith is required to please God, it is vital that we hold on to the seeds of faith which have been planted in us and nurture them so they grow into an ever-increasing active faith. Faith includes a huge element of belief, but it also is made up of confidence and trust which should lead us to do something about what we believe. As you pray, ask God to increase your belief in a way that gives you confidence to do the things of God. Pray that you would rightly examine what your faith is currently leading you to do. Pray that you would be wise in living life by faith and not use faith as an excuse for foolish decisions. Pray that your life of active faith would be centered in a relationship with God as you seek to represent Jesus well to those around you. Pray that the people around you would be more aware of Jesus because of your faith.
“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 living with courageous faith.
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.
Monday: Faith That Is Visible. Pray that you would live with a faith that can be seen. Pray that your faith would be put into action in ways that are not only noticed, but in ways that help others. Pray for a visible faith that pleases God by the way you use it to care for others. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’” Mark 2:5 (NIV)
Tuesday: Faith That Is Growing. Pray that you would understand the need to constantly grow in your faith. Pray that you would always go to God as both the source of your faith and the source of its growth. Ask God to increase your faith. Pray that your growing faith would help others grow in their desire to know God. “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’” Luke 17:5 (NIV)
Wednesday: Faith That Encourages Others. Pray that your faith would be practiced in such a way that others are encouraged by it. Pray that you would know the encouragement that comes from being with people of faith. Ask God to help you grow through a shared faith. “I long to see you so that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:11-12 (NIV)
Thursday: Faith That Is Tested. Pray that you would be strong in faith as you experience times when it is tested. Pray that you would accurately examine your faith as you consider the fruit it is producing. Ask God to fill you with a faith that will pass every test it is put through. Pray that your life would help others see the value of faith during the struggles of life. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)
Friday: Faith That Protects. Pray that you would put your faith into action in such a way that it protects you from the attacks of the enemy. Pray that you would be aware of the temptations of the evil one, and in faith resist and overcome them. Pray that your faith in Jesus would help stop the spread of evil. “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16 (NIV)
Saturday: Faith That Produces Work. Pray that your courageous faith would produce good works that honor God. Pray that you would live a life of thankfulness as you consider the work God has produced in others through their faith. Ask God to help you recognize His work being done in the lives of others. “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)