“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A Road of Serving!
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:26-28 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is about serving others. While many people put much time and effort into climbing their version of the ladder of success, few take time to understand God’s instructions for becoming great. Not only did Jesus serve others as He walked this earth, that was His purpose in coming. He made it clear through His teaching and His example that true success is found by climbing down the ladder to be with those who need served rather than climbing up the ladder away from them. Any level of greatness that we might achieve will only be found as we view ourselves accurately according to God’s perspective and serve others as Jesus did. As you pray this week, ask God to help you live with the humility that sees yourself as He sees you. Pray for the courage to serve others when your flesh desires to be served. Pray for the wisdom to serve others according to their need. Pray for the desire to be more Christ-like in the way you serve. Pray that your greatness would be measured by your sacrificial acts of service 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 as you grow in serving Him as you serve others.
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: Serve Others By God’s Power. Pray that your weaknesses would allow God’s power to be evident in you as you serve others. Pray that you would not use your weakness as an excuse to not serve others. “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.” 2 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
Tuesday: Serve Others In Love. Pray that you would experience true freedom in Christ as you serve others in love. Pray that godly love would compel you to use your freedom to serve others rather than your own selfish desires. “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
Wednesday: Serve Others Wholeheartedly. Pray that you would always view serving others as a way of serving the Lord. Pray that your service to others would be wholehearted as you serve God. “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.” Ephesians 6:7-8 (NIV)
Thursday: Serve Others Prayerfully. Pray that your service to God would be filled with continual prayer for others. Ask God to help you remember people in your prayers as you serve them. Pray that you would follow the godly examples, and be a godly example, of serving. “I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.” 2 Timothy 1:3 (NIV)
Friday: Serve Others Faithfully. Pray that God would help you understand His gifting in your life. Pray that recognizing the gifting in your life as coming from the hand of God would help you use it to faithfully serve others. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Saturday: Serve Others Eagerly. Pray that you would be eager to serve even in areas where you are viewed as the leader. Pray that your eagerness to serve would be an example to those around you. “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers — not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:2-3 (NIV)