“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A Courageous Way!
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
With a continued focus on a time for courage, this week we will focus our prayer emphasis on our ways. The Bible makes it clear that each one of us has a way that seems right to us, but it is only God’s way that leads to life. When we accept God’s ways as being far above our own ways, we begin a journey that leads us in a way which is eternal. As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine your ways to see how much of them are of you and how much are of Him. Pray that you would continually grow in accepting and living by God’s ways in all things. Pray for the humility needed to admit when your ways are in error so that you would turn to the ways of God. Pray that the way you live your life would help others clearly see Jesus at work in you.
“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 in a courageous way.
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: A Perfect Way. Pray that you would find the strength from God to walk in a way He has made perfect. Pray that you would live with the courage to pursue a way that is perfect by God’s standard. Pray that your life would help others to know the way of God to be perfect in all situations. “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:33 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Guided Way. Pray for the humility needed to look for, and see, the right way in every circumstance. Pray that you would be a willing learner when it comes to knowing and following the way of God. Pray that your life would help others see the value of a life guided by God and His Word. “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Blameless Way. Pray that you would know the blessings of living in a way in which the accusations of the enemy do not stick to you. Pray for a growing understanding of the Word of God which will lead you in living a blameless life. Pray that the people around you would be blessed in their pursuit of a blameless life. “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.” Psalm 119:1 (NIV)
Thursday: An Excellent Way. Pray that your pursuit of the good things of God would always lead you to the most excellent way of doing everything. Pray that your life would reflect God’s love as the most excellent way to live. Pray that your love for God and for others could be described as excellent. “But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 12:31 (NIV)
Friday: A Wise Way. Pray for wisdom, especially in regard to the way you treat those who are not yet believers in Jesus. Pray for the wisdom necessary to see the opportunities in both expected and unexpected circumstances. Pray that the wisdom given to you by God would be used to represent Jesus in everything. “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” Colossians 4:5 (NIV)
Saturday: A Peaceful Way. Pray that you would know the peace of God which can only come through relationship with Him. Pray for a heart which can see a way of peace in all situations. Pray that you would live in a way that conveys peace to those who are living in turmoil. “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)