“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
Loving the Accused: Show Mercy!
“When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’”
John 8:7 (NIV)
This week we will focus our prayer emphasis on some things that God says about His mercy. Mercy is one of those characteristics that we all tend to love when it is extended toward us yet find ourselves hesitant when it comes to extending it to others. It is a struggle that requires great submission to the will of God as we pray that He would empower us to be merciful by the power of His Spirit. As we focus our prayer emphasis on God’s mercy this week, pray that you would both know God’s mercy in your life and express God’s mercy to others. Pray that you would know the mercy of God when you stand accused by others. Pray that you would extend that same level of mercy when others stand accused. Pray that you would make a life of mercy a priority each day you live.
“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 the accused by showing mercy.
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: Ministry Through God’s Mercy. Pray that you would show mercy to others through the mercy of God in your life. Pray that an awareness of God’s mercy would help you to keep extending mercy to others. Pray that you would know the joy of serving others in ways that are only possible because of His mercy. “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1 (NIV)
Tuesday: Patience Shown By God’s Mercy. Pray that the people around you would see God’s patience displayed through His mercy in your life. Pray that you would learn patience with others as you reflect to them the mercy God has shown you. “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV)
Wednesday: God’s Mercy In Our Time Of Need. Pray that you would have confidence through Jesus in approaching God for mercy in your times of need. Pray that you would always be aware of the element of mercy needed by others in their times of need. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Thursday: Wisdom Filled With God’s Mercy. Pray that you would seek and use true wisdom that is full of mercy. Pray that you would apply the wisdom God provides as He teaches you to be more merciful with yourself and with others. “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 (NIV)
Friday: New Birth Through God’s Mercy. Pray that you would rejoice in the new birth you have through the mercy of God. Pray that your life would be lived in such praise of God that others would know God’s mercy. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
Saturday: Eternal Life Through God’s Mercy. Pray that you would never lose sight of the eternal life you have because of God’s mercy being extended to you. Pray that God’s love would always be the guide for how you share with others about the life God desires for them to live. “Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” Jude 1:21 (NIV)