“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
Growing In Belief!
“Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
Genesis 15:6 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about seeking God’s help when we experience doubt. Because believing God, and believing in God, is based on faith, it is not unusual to experience times of uncertainty that can grow into doubt. Even when we say we believe, an honest examination of that belief will often reveal a need for help to grow in our practice of that belief. It has been said that we can tell what a person really believes by closely observing what they do. While our words may say what we want to believe, our actions tend to reflect our true beliefs. As you pray this week, ask God to help you refine and solidify what you know and believe about Him. Pray that you would grow with God’s help in your times of disbelief. Pray that your response to God and His Word would show those around you that you really believe what God says. Pray that your life would reflect what you say you believe about God. Pray for wisdom in the way you share your belief in God with others so that they too would believe. Pray that you would not only have a belief in God, but that you would gaze into His Word and actually believe what He says.
“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 growing beyond our doubts.
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: A Belief That Leads To Repentance. Pray that you would believe God when it comes to knowing what is right and wrong. Pray that today would be the time to know the nearness of God. Pray for hearts that would respond in repentance to a belief in the good news about Jesus. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Belief That Can Grow. Pray that you would be aware of both your strengths and weaknesses in the area of believing God. Pray that your desire to believe would not keep you from admitting times of unbelief. Pray that you would always call out to God for help in growing through any areas of unbelief. “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’” Mark 9:24 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Belief That Leads To Worship. Pray that the things you know and believe about God would always lead you to an attitude of worship. Pray that others would know about your belief in God by the way you live a life that worships Him. Pray for the courage to worship God at all times no matter where you are. “Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him.” John 9:38 (NIV)
Thursday: A Belief That Obeys. Pray that your response to belief about the good news of God’s kingdom would always lead to obedience. Pray for the courage to obey God’s Word simply because you believe Him. “But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12 (NIV)
Friday: A Belief That Results In Action. Pray that your belief of what God says would be seen by others through the things you do. Pray for a growing faith that puts your belief of God into action. “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.” James 2:18-19 (NIV)
Saturday: A Belief That Brings Joy. Pray that you would daily know the joy that comes from believing God. Pray that your belief of God, and your belief in God, would help you to know His love in ways that bring joy to you and to those around you. Pray that your joy would be an expression of your love for God. “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)