“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
The Courage To Overcome!
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:7 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus will take another look at some things God calls His children to overcome. While we may want a life of ease and comfort, Jesus says that life as a follower of Him will be filled with trouble, misunderstandings, and even persecution. While that is not news that anyone really wants to hear, Jesus also tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world. When John wrote the messages from Jesus to the seven churches that we read of early in the book of Revelation, He ends each message with a promise for those who overcome. As you pray this week, ask God to empower you to be an overcomer. Pray that you would recognize, and overcome, the power of sin. Pray that you would recognize, and value, what awaits those who overcome. Pray that you would face whatever hardship comes your way with the courage that comes from knowing the crown of life is given to those who overcome.
“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 having the courage to overcome.
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: Overcome Death. Pray that you would listen to the message of God’s Spirit as He calls you to overcome in a way that gives victory over death. Pray that you would live with great hope as one who will overcome death by the power of Jesus. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.” Revelation 2:11 (NIV)
Tuesday: Overcome the Past. Pray that you would feast on the spiritual manna and rejoice in a new name that frees you from the past. Pray that your eyes would be open to the power of God to help anyone overcome their past. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” Revelation 2:17 (NIV)
Wednesday: Overcome Oppression. Pray that you would be faithful in doing God’s will as He empowers you to overcome oppression with His authority. Pray for the courage to remain faithful in the midst of any opposition. “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations — ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’ — just as I have received authority from my Father.” Revelation 2:26-27 (NIV)
Thursday: Overcome Abandonment. Pray that you would overcome in a way that gives you a permanent place of belonging with those who are pure. Pray that your life would help others know they can have a place of belonging. “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.” Revelation 3:5 (NIV)
Friday: Overcome Wandering. Pray that you would find a place of belonging in the temple of God so you would have no need to wander away from Him. “He who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.” Revelation 3:12 (NIV)
Saturday: Overcome Weariness. Pray that you would overcome everything that would keep you from being able to sit and rest at the throne of Jesus. Pray for the courage needed to find rest in Jesus even as you live in a world filled with trouble. “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:21 (NIV)