“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A Place of Belonging!
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”
Matthew 19:14 (NIV)
Our prayer emphasis this week will return to a previous prayer focus on having a place where we belong. Most of us have times in our life when we struggle with feelings of not fitting in or knowing where we belong. The enemy is good at creating division and feelings of exclusion, but God has a lot to say about where we belong as His children. To all who feel pushed aside and excluded by those who feel they are more important, Jesus calls us to come to Him and know that we belong in His kingdom. As you pray this week, pray that your sense of belonging would be restored and refreshed as you approach God with the heart and faith of a child. Pray about how you view others, especially those who are different from you in some way, and ask God to help you value the way He has made them. Pray that God would use you to help others know that they too belong. Pray that the church gathering you participate in would always be a place where all who approach God in spirit and in truth can belong.
“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 knowing that you belong.
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: Belonging to Jesus Christ. Pray that you would recognize the value you have as one who has been called to belong to Jesus. Pray that the people around you would know you as one who belongs to Christ. Pray for the courage to help others have a desire to belong to Jesus. “And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:6 (NIV)
Tuesday: Belonging to One Another. Pray that you would live as a valuable part of the body of Christ as you belong to one another. Pray that you would value others as a member of the body you are a part of. Pray for the humility needed to practice this reciprocal belonging to one another. “So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5
Wednesday: Belonging to the Lord. Pray that your life would be lived for the Lord in all that you do. Pray that the people around you would know you as one who belongs to the Lord. Pray for the wisdom to help other see how they can belong to the Lord. “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8 (NIV)
Thursday: Belonging to the Day. Pray that your actions would express to others that you belong to the day because you have put aside the deeds of darkness. Pray that the people around you would know you as one who is self-controlled. “But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NIV)
Friday: Belonging to God. Pray that you would declare the praises of God as you live as one who has been chosen to belong to Him. Pray that the people around you would hear from you how belonging to God has transformed your life. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Saturday: Belonging to the Truth. Pray that your heart would be at rest as you belong to the truth. Pray that the people around you would know rest through an acceptance of the truth. Pray for discernment to share truth in ways that help others find peace and rest in Christ. “This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence.” 1 John 3:19 (NIV)