“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
Claiming God’s Promises!
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on claiming some of the promises of God. Promises in the Bible can be difficult for many people to grasp. Sometimes we tend to define the promise according to our understanding and what we want. When God promises comfort, how often do we want it to mean we would never experience a pain that would require His comfort? Even if we understand the nature of the promise accurately, we often expect the promise to be fulfilled in keeping with our timetable rather than God’s. As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in your understanding of His “great and precious” promises. Pray that you would hold fast to His promises, especially when it takes longer for them to be fulfilled than what you would like. Pray for the heart, mind, and eyes to see how God has not only extended His promises to you, but calls you to share in extending His promises to others.
“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 recognizing and claiming God’s promises.
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: Promised Peace. Pray that you would listen to God and find a peace in Him that the world cannot take away. Pray that you would hold on to God’s promise of peace in the midst of trouble. Pray that you would share God’s peace with others as you fully reject a life built on folly. “I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints — but let them not return to folly.” Psalm 85:8 (NIV)
Tuesday: Promised Salvation. Pray that you would know the unfailing love of God that gives the promise of salvation that is based on His goodness. Pray about how God would have you love others in a way that reflects His love. Pray that you would share with others about the salvation God has brought to you as you live for Him. “May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise.” Psalm 119:41 (NIV)
Wednesday: Promised Graciousness. Pray that you would know the graciousness of God as you seek Him with a whole heart. Pray with thanksgiving for the many ways God extends His grace to you. Pray that you would learn to be gracious with others as you realize how much you experience the graciousness of God’s promises to you. “I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.” Psalm 119:58 (NIV)
Thursday: Promised Comfort. Pray that a recognition of God’s unfailing love would comfort you in your times of greatest pain. Pray that you would always seek God to be your comfort. Pray that you would be obedient in comforting others with the comfort God has given you according to His promises. “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119:76 (NIV)
Friday: Promised Deliverance. Pray that you would always turn to God as the one who can meet your needs “according to His riches in glory.” Pray that you would fully consider how God has delivered you as you share His promises of deliverance to the people around you. “May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise.” Psalm 119:170 (NIV)
Saturday: Promised Eternal Life. Pray that you would always hold fast to the greatest promise of God — eternal life through Jesus Christ. Pray that you would have the courage to speak boldly with others about eternal life as a promise which we can hold on to because the One who promises is faithful. “And this is what he promised us — even eternal life.” 1 John 2:25 (NIV)