“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A Time to Go!
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will continue a focus on our responsibility after the resurrection. We live a resurrected life as we join with Christ in the power of His resurrection. The result should be a transformation that changes us in such a way that we are obedient in doing everything Christ commanded. Part of that obedience is in taking the good news of Jesus to others everywhere we go. As you pray, ask God to help you know and follow His commands in a way that shares them with others. Pray that you would consider how your obedience helps to spread the gospel to everyone you meet. Pray that you would be involved in teaching others the very things you have learned through your relationship with Jesus. Pray that God would empower you with the courage that comes from His presence with you always.
“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 fulfilling the Great Commission.
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: Go with Authority. Pray that God’s authority would be taken seriously by all believers — especially in regards to fulfilling His commands. Pray that you would be obedient to the authority of Jesus in all things. Pray for the confidence to share the good news of Jesus with the backing of His authority. “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’” Matthew 28:18
Tuesday: Go Everywhere. Pray that God would help you to see the opportunities in your daily life to proclaim a living faith in Jesus. Pray that you would know the nearness of God’s kingdom as you live a resurrected life. Pray that the message of Jesus would be seen in you and heard from you everywhere you go. “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’” Matthew 10:7
Wednesday: Go and Make Disciples. Pray that everything about you is surrendered to Jesus and that you would not “cheapen” the cost of discipleship. Pray that your life as a disciple of Jesus would be reflected in who you attract people to. Pray that the people around you would learn what it means to be a disciple. “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33
Thursday: Go and Immerse into Christ. Pray that you would recognize, and help others recognize, the importance of dying with Christ in order to be raised with Christ. Pray that you would understand and share the importance of God’s work which is accomplished in our obedience to being immersed.. “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” Romans 6:3
Friday: Go and Teach Faithfully. Pray that your teaching remains impartial and true to the Word of God. Pray that your obedience to the truth of God’s Word would be reflected in the way you teach others. Pray for a steadfast walk with Jesus that teaches others through your words and through your actions. “‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.’” Matthew 22:16
Saturday: Go with God’s Constant Presence. Pray that you would recognize the constant presence of God and never replace Him with a temporary god. Pray that your daily walk with God would help others know His nearness and availability. Pray that God’s everlasting presence would fill you with great contentment. “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5