Lifestyle of Prayer: Made New In Birth!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

Made New In Birth!

“In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’”
John 3:3 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living as those who have experienced a new birth in Christ.  Just as a natural birth is expected to result in growth and maturity, a spiritual birth is the beginning of a new life in Christ.  God’s desire is that those who are born of the Spirit would live by the Spirit.  When we live as those who are born again, we do so in a way that reflects the very nature of the One who has given us birth.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you live as one who is new.  Pray that your birth in Christ would always be seen by you as a starting point in the growth of your faith and spiritual life.  Pray that you would allow others the opportunity to grow and mature, just as you have need for that same opportunity.  Pray for the courage required to die to self in order to experience the fullness of life gained through a new birth.  Pray that being made new would be reflected not only in the way you live, but also in the way you represent Jesus 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 living as one who is born of God.

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.

MondayBorn to Reject Sin.  Pray for the courage to agree with God about sin in order to reject every trace of it from your life.  Pray that being born of God would be evident in your rejection of sin.  Pray that others would see God’s purity in you.  “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.”  1 John 3:9 (NIV)

TuesdayBorn to Love.  Pray that you would live as one who has been born of God to love.  Pray that your love of God would be evident to all.  Pray that your love of one another would help others to see your love of God and God’s love of them.  “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”  1 John 4:7 (NIV)

WednesdayBorn to Believe.  Pray that your faith in Jesus would be evident through the new birth you have in Christ.  Pray that you would be involved in sharing the good news of this new birth to everyone.  Pray about how God would have you to live and share your belief in Jesus.  “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.”  1 John 5:1 (NIV)

ThursdayBorn to Overcome.   Pray for a patient endurance that helps you to see how you can be an overcomer in Christ.  Pray for a confidence in Christ that helps you to see beyond the daily struggles of life.  Pray that your faith in Jesus would help you to live in the victory that is found in Christ.  “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”  1 John 5:4 (NIV)

FridayBorn to Protection.  Pray that you would live with the protection of God in a world filled with sin.  Pray that your pursuit of protection would always be mindful of how God has provided spiritual armor for your use.  Pray that your spiritual protection would be of even more importance than a physical protection.  “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.”  1 John 5:18 (NIV)

SaturdayBorn to Truth.  Pray that you would grow in understanding as you learn to know the One who is true.  Pray that your birth in Christ would always lead you to a greater awareness and sharing of godly truth.  Pray that you would allow the truth of God’s Word to guide you in what you understand and in what you share with others.  “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true.”  1 John 5:20 (NIV)