“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
Loving the Overlooked!
“A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.”
Luke 19:2-3 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will begin a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus. We’ll begin with a look at Zacchaeus and pray about how to love the overlooked . . . even when the overlooked just might be you. Whether you feel overlooked because of your physical characteristics or the labels you wear, Jesus notices you and loves you. When we love like Jesus, we pay attention to those that the world overlooks. As you pray this week, ask God to help you know just how much you are noticed and loved by Him. Pray that you would pay attention to the people around you who feel like the world has passed them by. Pray that your eyes would always be open to the opportunities to share God’s love with others. Pray for a heart that loves people in the same way that God loves 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 loving people who are overlooked.
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: The Overlooked You Pass By. Pray that you would not be so focused on your destination that you miss the people who are along the way. Pray that you would see your journey in life as a series of opportunities to love people. Pray for a heart that loves people in all places where you encounter them. “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.” Luke 19:1 (NIV)
Tuesday: The Overlooked Who Are Seeking. Pray that you would do whatever it takes to see Jesus at work around you. Pray that the people around you would long to know Jesus. Pray that you would learn to love everyone who might be in the process of seeking Jesus. “So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.” Luke 19:4 (NIV)
Wednesday: The Overlooked Who Are Noticed. Pray that you would be confident of the gaze of Jesus directed toward you even when you feel overlooked by people. Pray that God’s love in you would notice and include those who have been overlooked by others. “When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’” Luke 19:5 (NIV)
Thursday: The Overlooked Who Are Labeled. Pray that you would know the love of God regardless of the labels others might put on you. Pray that your love for people would overcome the stereotypes and prejudices that tend to label people. Pray that you would see beyond the labels that others have been tagged with. “All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a “sinner.”'” Luke 19:7 (NIV)
Friday: The Overlooked Who Are Repentant. Pray for the courage to realize when your own actions have caused others to overlook you. Pray for a life which reflects the actions that come from a repentant heart. Pray that you would love those who you have wronged and those who have wronged you. “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Luke 19:8 (NIV)
Saturday: The Overlooked Who Are Lost. Pray that you would know the love of God which sought you when you were lost. Pray that you would live with a compassion for the lost that seeks to share God’s love with them. Pray that you would not lose hope for yourself, or for others, as you consider God’s desire that all would be saved. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10 (NIV)