Lifestyle of Prayer: Learning to Serve!

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This week’s prayer focus: Learning to Serve!

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
Mark 10:43-44 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on learning to serve.  God makes it clear in His Word that we serve Him when we serve people.  While the world often defines greatness based on power and who you have serving you, God says that to be great you must become servant of all.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you to not only see opportunities to serve but to give you the courage to actually serve.  Pray for a spirit of humility to guide you as you serve people wherever you are.  Pray that God’s love would be seen and felt through you as you serve.  Pray that your commitment to serving would be an example for others.  Pray about how God would use your service to teach and train others to join in a lifestyle that serves.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you learn to serve . . . and then to actually serve.

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.

MondayServe In The Spirit.  Pray that you would know the freedom in Christ that enables you to serve in the way of the Spirit.  Pray that each believer would experience the freedom found by serving in the Spirit.  “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”  Romans 7:6 (NIV)

TuesdayServe With Power.  Pray for the courage to serve in God’s power even when you feel weak.  Pray that your eyes would be opened to how God desires show His power through your weaknesses.  “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)

WednesdayServe One Another.  Pray that you would look for opportunities to use you freedom to serve others rather than yourself.  Pray for the compassion needed to serve one another even when you think you are free not to.  “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)

ThursdayServe Wholeheartedly.  Pray that you would serve others with a whole heart, just as you would if it were Jesus being served.  Pray that you would keep your eyes fixed on Jesus as you serve.  Pray that you would know the joy and contentment that comes from serving wholeheartedly.  “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.”  Ephesians 6:7 (NIV)

FridayServe Faithfully.  Pray that you would be faithful in using God’s gifting in your life to serve others.  Pray that your faithfulness in serving would be based on God’s faithfulness to you.  Pray that God would help you to know His grace more fully.  “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)

SaturdayServe Eagerly.  Pray that you would eagerly desire, and look for, opportunities to serve.  Pray not only for elders who serve eagerly, but to be one who eagerly serves all those who might look to you as an example.  “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.”  1 Peter 5:2 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Press On!

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This week’s prayer focus: Press On!

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Philippians 3:10-12 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on our need to keep our eyes on Jesus and press on.  As we consider the power of God to raise Jesus from the dead, it is important to stay focused on our faithful pursuit of knowing that power in Christ.  As  you pray this week, ask God to help you overcome the distractions that keep you from pressing on as you ought.  Pray for a greater understanding of the growth you still need.  Pray for a willingness to continue pursuing the things of God which help you be more like Jesus each day.  Pray that the people around you would see the power of God at work in you in a way that increases their desire to know Christ.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you press on in your life with Christ.

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.

MondayPress On To Win.  Pray for the wisdom and discernment needed to see beyond the temporary treasures of this world as you press on toward victory.  Pray that your pursuit of winning would be focused on Jesus and would include an invitation for others to join you.  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14 (NIV)

TuesdayPress On To Maturity.  Pray that you would pursue a mature view of all things.  Pray for a spirit of understanding to bring peace in the midst of your relationships as each person presses on toward maturity.  “All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.”  Philippians 3:15 (NIV)

WednesdayPress On To Consistency.  Pray that your life would consistently display the fruit of all you have learned in Christ.  Pray that the distractions of this world would not lead you to giving up on putting into practice the things you know.  Pray that your consistency in faith would help others see Jesus through you.  “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”  Philippians 3:16 (NIV)

ThursdayPress On According To Instruction.  Pray that you would learn from the godly examples found in scripture and the ones around you today.  Pray that you would honor those who live according to God’s instructions as you learn from them.  “Join with others in following my example and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.”  Philippians 3:17 (NIV)

FridayPress On With Compassion.  Pray that your heart would always remain soft when aware of the plight of others.  Pray for a growing compassion for all people and especially for those who do not know Christ.  Pray that you would press on with compassion.  “For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.”  Philippians 3:18 (NIV)

SaturdayPress On Toward Heaven.  Pray that you would live as one who knows your real citizenship is in heaven.  Pray that your would daily press on in a life that lives for, and looks for, the fulfillment of God’s promise.  Pray that you would press on in the way you share with others about a heavenly citizenship.  “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Philippians 3:20 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A New Walk

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This week’s prayer focus: A New Walk!

“We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.”
Romans 6:4 (ASV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on the new walk God has called us into as His children.  Throughout the brief letters we know of as 1, 2, & 3 John, we find some good instruction regarding what this new walk ought to look like.  As you pray this week, ask  God to help you examine your current walk for its level of “newness”.  Pray that you would be both buried and raised with Christ in order to experience His help in living this new walk.  Pray that your walk with Christ would help others to see and know how to live in ways that honor Him.  Pray that your old way of life would remain buried as you find contentment and joy in the new walk God has called you to.  Pray for the courage to live according to this new walk even when it feels like you walk alone.  Please continue to pray for patience and understanding with one another as we all journey through these times of confusion knowing God is not the author of confusion.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you grow in your walk with Christ.

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.

MondayWalk In the Light.  Pray that the light of Jesus would both fill and guide each step of your life.  Pray that your common path with others walking in the light of Jesus would create meaningful fellowship with one another.  Pray that your life would be a testimony to others about the light of Jesus.  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” 1 John 1:7a (NIV)

TuesdayWalk In Purity.  Pray that you would allow God’s light to penetrate all parts of your life for the purpose of purifying you from sin.  Pray that you would know the power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse you from sin.  Pray that you would help others to know that they too can walk in purity.  “But if we walk in the light . . . the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7b (NIV)

WednesdayWalk Like Jesus.  Pray that your claims to live in Christ would always be backed up with a walk that imitates Jesus.  Pray that you would continually study and learn about the life of Jesus from God’s Word so that you would know how to walk like Him.  Pray that the people around you would see in you a good representation of Jesus by the way you live.  “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6 (NIV)

ThursdayWalk In Obedience.  Pray that your love of God would abound and lead you into a growing and willing obedience to His commands.  Pray that the people around you would know of your love for God and for them by they way you live out a life which is obedient to God.  “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.” 2 John 1:6a (NIV)

FridayWalk In Love.  Pray that you would know the message of God’s love as foundational to His commands.  Pray that your love for God would grow as you seek to walk with Him each day.  Pray that your message to others, through your words and your life, would lead them to know God’s love and your love.  “As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 1:6b (NIV)

SaturdayWalk In Truth.  Pray that you would always be faithful in pursuing the truth found in God’s Word.  Pray that your choice to walk in truth would fill others with great joy.  Pray for the wisdom needed to not only know truth, but to walk in it each day.  “It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.” 3 John 1:3 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Learning to Wait

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This week’s prayer focus: Learning to Wait!

“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.”
Psalm 130:5 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on the oft-dreaded subject of waiting.  While many can quote God’s promise that “they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”, it seems to only be thought of when we find ourselves forced to wait — such as often has been the case over the past year.  As you pray this week, spend time not just talking to God but also deliberately waiting for Him to answer through His Spirit and His Word.  Pray that you would learn to value the times when you must wait.  Pray that you would find yourself renewed in strength and spirit as you learn to be more deliberate in your waiting.  Pray for the wisdom to know when to wait and when to act, and for the courage to do the proper one at all times.  Please continue to pray for patience and understanding with one another as we all journey through these times of confusion knowing God is not the author of confusion.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you learn to wait with a heart that is attentive to the One you serve.

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.

MondayWait With Expectation.  Pray that you would find joy in waiting with the expectation that God listens and answers.  Pray that you would always be confident in going to God with your requests as you wait with the expectation that He hears and cares.  “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”  Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

TuesdayWait With Courage.  Pray that you would learn to grow in strength and courage in the midst of your times of waiting.  Pray that you would be an example to others by the way you practice waiting with courage.  Pray that your courage would be based on the Lord’s strength rather than your own.  “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”  Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

WednesdayWait With Hope.  Pray that you would live life with great hope as you trust God’s help during your times of waiting.  Pray that you would have hope because of your relationship with God as you wait for the Lord.  Pray that you would be protected by the shield of God as you wait with hope.  “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.”  Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

ThursdayWait With Patience.  Pray that you would learn to wait patiently for the help and answers God will provide as you cry out to Him.  Pray that patience and waiting would be things you learn to value rather than things  you seek to avoid.  Pray that you would notice God’s face turned toward you as you wait.  “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.”  Psalm 40:1 (NIV)

FridayWait With Obedience.  Pray that  you would know the salvation of God now even as you learn to wait for its complete fulfillment.  Pray that you would live obediently as you wait for the completion of God’s work in  you.  Pray that your obedience to God would stand out to others as you wait.  “I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and I follow your commands.”  Psalm 119:166 (NIV)

SaturdayWait With One Another.  Pray that you would grow in your practice of waiting on, and with, one another.  Pray for an attitude and practice in your life that seeks the good of others to such an extent that you find it a joy to wait with them and to wait for them.  Pray that your patience with one another would grow as  you learn to wait.  “So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other.”  1 Corinthians 11:33 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Authority

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This week’s prayer focus: Authority!

“He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
Daniel 7:14 (NIV)

Who’s in charge?  How much authority has Jesus been given by His Father?  What do you and I do about the authority of Jesus?  How does it apply to us?  This week  in our Lifestyle of Prayer emphasis we will look at some scriptures about the authority of Jesus.  As  you pray, ask God to help you be submissive to the authority of Christ in all things.  Pray that your obedience would grow in a way that represents Jesus well to all you meet.  Pray for a greater understanding of the eternal nature of God’s authority and how that authority has been revealed in Jesus.  Please continue to pray for patience and understanding with one another as we all journey through these times of confusion knowing God is not the author of confusion.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you understand and submit to His authority.

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.

MondayAll Authority in Heaven and on Earth.   Pray that you would open every aspect of your life to the authority of Jesus.  Pray that your life would be lived under the authority of Jesus.  Pray for a submissive spirit that finds contentment and joy in your obedience to Christ.  “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”  Matthew 28:18  (NIV)

TuesdayAuthority In Teaching.  Pray that you would accept the teachings of Jesus as having authority in your life.  Pray that you would let God’s authority be present when you share scripture.  Pray that you would greatly value the teachings of Jesus as you recognize the authority in them.  “The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.”  Mark 1:22 (NIV)

WednesdayAuthority to Forgive Sins.  Pray that you would live with confidence because of the authority of Jesus to forgive sins.  Pray for a willingness to identify your own sins in order to submit them to the authority of Jesus.  Pray that you would help others to know the authority of Jesus over sin.  “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….”  Mark 2:10 (NIV)

ThursdayAuthority Over Evil Spirits.  Pray that you would look to Jesus as the One with authority over evil spirits and over the attacks of Satan in your life and in the lives of others.  Pray that you would submit to the authority of Jesus in a way that leaves no room for evil of any kind.  “All the people were amazed and said to each other, ‘What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!’”  Luke 4:36 (NIV)

FridayAuthority to Judge.  Pray that you would have no reason to fear the authority of Jesus to judge.  Pray that you would leave the eternal judgment of people to the One who has the authority to do so.  Pray that the people around you would understand His authority to judge all things.  “And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”  John 5:27 (NIV)

SaturdayAuthority to Give Eternal Life.  Pray that you would never forget that it is Jesus who has the authority to give eternal life.  Pray that you would share the news of eternal life with others.  Pray that the people around you would come to know Jesus as the only way to life eternal.  “For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.”  John 17:2 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Making Disciples As You Go

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This week’s prayer focus: Making Disciples As You Go!

“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’”
Mark 16:15-16 (NIV)

This week’s prayer guide will focus on the instruction of Jesus following His resurrection for each of His followers to go and make disciples.  As we begin the week celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, it is important to remember that the power of the resurrection is meant to be shared . . . and to share it we must take it with us wherever we go.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you share the good news wherever you go.  Pray that you would look for, and notice, the opportunities that exist to talk about Jesus.  Pray that your good news story would be complete and help those who hear it to recognize their need to have their sins washed away.  Pray for the gentleness and respect necessary to make your good news story be heard.  Please continue to pray for patience and understanding with one another as we all journey through these times of confusion knowing God is not the author of confusion.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you make disciples everywhere you go.

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.

MondayGo to the Street.  Pray that you would see all people as valuable.  Pray that you would take the message of Jesus to where the people are who still need to hear it.  Pray for eyes that see the need for Jesus wherever you are . . . and for the courage to share the good news of Jesus in public.  “Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.”  Matthew 22:9 (NIV)

TuesdayGo to your Family.  Pray that you would talk to your family about all that Jesus has done for you.  Pray that your family would know of God’s mercy upon your life as you share with your words and life about the transforming power of Jesus.  “Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’”  Mark 5:19 (NIV)

WednesdayGo and show Mercy.  Pray that your understanding of God’s mercy would compel you to be merciful.  Pray that you would be willing to extend mercy to the people around you.  Pray that your sharing of God’s mercy would lead others to follow Him.  “The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’”  Luke 10:3 (NIV)

ThursdayGo and Leave Sin.  Pray that you would make a deliberate decision to remove yourself from the places of sin in your life.  Pray that God’s forgiveness would always be cause to leave sin behind.  Pray for the gentleness and respect necessary to challenge others to leave a life of sin and follow Jesus.  “‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’”  John 8:11 (NIV)

FridayGo and Bear Fruit.  Pray that your life would bear much lasting fruit as you follow the call of Jesus to go and make disciples.  Pray that God’s will for you to bear fruit is evident in what you ask for.  Pray that being chosen by Jesus would lead you to see the importance of making disciples.  “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”  John 15:16 (NIV)

SaturdayGo Find the Missing.   Pray that you would notice people who are missing, and then actively search for them.  Pray that you would have the heart of Jesus in regard to people who are missing.  “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Matthew 18:12 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Keeping Watch

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This week’s prayer focus: Keeping Watch!

“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back — whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.  If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!'”
Mark 13:35-37 (NIV)

This week’s prayer guide will focus on the instruction of Jesus for us to keep watch.  As Jesus taught during the week leading up to His crucifixion, He spent time instructing His followers to keep watch.  His teaching found in the thirteenth chapter of Mark is a good reminder for all of us to live life keeping watch.  As you pray this week, ask God to open your eyes to the things He would have you see.  Pray for a heart, mind, and spirit that keep watch and are not distracted by the noise of the world.  Pray that you would be an active participant in keeping watch rather than a passive bystander to what goes on around you.  Pray that keeping watch would help you to be found ready when Christ returns.  Please continue to pray for one another in the midst of these confusing and changing times.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you keep watch as you serve Him.

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.

MondayKeep Watch For Deception.  Pray that you would be one who knows the voice of your Shepherd so that you would not be deceived by imposters.  Pray that you would keep watch with eyes that are fixed on Jesus so that you would notice the deceit of the enemy and avoid falling into its trap.  Pray for protection from deception.  “Jesus said to them: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.’”  Mark 13:5 (NIV)

TuesdayKeep Watch For the Beginning of the End.  Pray that you would not be frightened by the news of the day which reveals the battle of evil against all that is good.  Pray that you would keep watch of all divisive news as a reminder that the end is yet to come.  “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”  Mark 13:7 (NIV)

WednesdayKeep Watch For Opportunities.  Pray that you would keep watch for the opportunities God gives you to be His witness.  Pray that circumstances would not determine your availability to God.  “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.”  Mark 13:9 (NIV)

ThursdayKeep Watch For Opposition.  Pray that you would not be swayed by the opposition of the world.  Pray that your desire to know the love of God would overcome all of the hatred the enemy would hurl at you.  Pray for the courage to stand firm in the midst of any opposition.  “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”  Mark 13:13 (NIV)

FridayKeep Watch For the Lord’s Mercy.  Pray that you would notice how God’s mercy has been extended to you so that you would survive.  Pray that you would be a messenger of God’s mercy as you share His invitation for all to come to Him.  “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.”  Mark 13:20 (NIV)

SaturdayKeep Watch For Your Master’s Return.  Pray that you would keep watch for the return of your Master.  Pray that you would be faithful in doing your assigned task as you serve Christ and watch for His return.  Pray that your life would be an encouragement to others as you serve with the gifts God has given.  “It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.”  Mark 13:34 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A House of Prayer

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This week’s prayer focus: A House of Prayer!

“And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of robbers.'”
Mark 11:17 (NIV)

This week’s prayer guide will have us praying about what it looks like to live as the house of God — a HOUSE of prayer!  When we read of Jesus clearing the temple and proclaiming it to be a house of prayer, we would do well to look beyond a physical building and consider the cleansing He wants, and needs, to do in our life.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you live with a greater awareness of His presence each day.  Pray that you would not only allow Jesus to fully cleanse your life, but that He would fill your cleansed house with His Spirit.  Ask God to help you grow in a lifestyle of prayer as He longs for His dwelling within you to be a house of prayer.  Pray that your life would be an example to others of what living as the temple of God can look like.  Please continue to pray for one another in the midst of these confusing and changing times.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you to be a house of prayer for all nations.

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.

MondayLiving As God’s House.  Pray that your decisions in life would be a reflection of God’s Spirit living within you.  Pray that being God’s temple would help you to live with a greater awareness of the purity that He demands.  Pray that the people around you would know the transforming power of God taking up residence within us.  “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”  1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV)

TuesdayA Home of Prayer.  Ask God to help you be committed to making your home a place of prayer.  Pray that becoming a house of prayer would begin in the place where you live.  “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed.”  Daniel 6:10 (NIV)

WednesdayAn Occupation of Prayer.  Ask God to help you be occupied with the practice of prayer at all times.  Pray that nothing would distract you from making your conversations with God be a part of everything you do.  “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)

ThursdayAn Understanding of Prayer.  Ask God to give  you a greater understanding of prayer through His Word and His Spirit as you learn from Jesus.  Pray that your understanding of prayer would lead others to a greater desire to pray.  “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’”  Luke 11:1 (NIV)

FridayA Submission of Prayer.  Ask God to give you a submissive spirit within your prayer life.  Pray that you would be fully open to God’s will in the midst of everything you pray about.  “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”  Hebrews 5:7 (NIV)

SaturdayAn Encouragement of Prayer.  Ask God to encourage you through your times of prayer.  Pray that you would know the protection of God that comes with living as a house of prayer.  Pray that God’s Spirit within you would help you to overcome the weakness of your flesh.  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”  Mark 14:38 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living the Good Life

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Living the Good Life!

“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’”
Mark 10:17 (NIV)

This week’s prayer guide will have us praying about living the good life according to God’s perspective.  Many times we think of goodness according to our own definitions of who or what is good.  When we seek eternal life through Christ, His goodness becomes the standard we must use to evaluate our life.  As you pray this week, ask God to open your eyes to see the attractiveness of His goodness.  Pray that His goodness in you would help others to see Jesus more clearly.  Pray that the good life you seek would come from a transformed life and be more than just a whitewashed surface.  Pray for a growing trust in a God who specializes in things thought impossible.  Pray about how God would have you share with others about living a good life in Christ. Please continue to pray for one another in the midst of these confusing and changing times.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you know Him as the true source of goodness.

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.

MondayKnow God’s Goodness.  Pray that your acknowledgement of Jesus as good would always recognize Him as God.  Pray that you would know, and share, the goodness of God as you find Him to be the source of all that is truly good.  Pray that you would seek to imitate God’s goodness.  “’Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good — except God alone.’”  Mark 10:18 (NIV)

TuesdayKnow God’s Commands.  Pray that you would be a willing student of God’s Word.  Pray for a growing knowledge and understanding of the commands of God.  Pray that you would know God’s laws as good.  “You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”  Mark 10:19 (NIV)

WednesdayKeep God’s Commands.  Pray for a conviction and desire to obey God’s Word.  Pray that you would accurately evaluate how well you keep the commands of God.  Pray about how God would have you to know His goodness through your willing obedience to His commands.  “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”  Mark 10:20 (NIV)

ThursdayKnow God’s Love.  Pray that you would never forget God’s love for you.  Pray that you would see people through the eyes of Jesus as He looks upon them with love.  Pray that you would find the goodness of life as you grow in your practice of knowing and sharing the love of God.  Pray about how God would have you share His love with others.  “Jesus looked at him and loved him.”  Mark 10:21a (NIV)

FridayBe Sacrificially Generous.  Pray that you would seek God’s help in discovering the things you lack.  Pray for the courage to live with the generosity toward others that God has shown to you.  Pray that the treasures you seek would be found in God.  “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  Mark 10:21b (NIV)

SaturdayTrust God With the Impossible.  Pray that your limitations would never cause you to give up pursuing the good life.  Pray for a growing faith that trusts God’s ability to do the impossible.  Pray that your pursuit of the good life would trust in what God will do rather than in what you are capable of.  “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”  Mark 10:27 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Win, Lose, and Draw

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Win, Lose, and Draw!

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
Mark 8:35 (NIV)

This week’s prayer guide will have us praying about priorities — how we win, what we must lose, and where we draw strength from in order to choose wisely.  In a world that defines success by how much of its goods you can accumulate, following Jesus redefines our priorities when it comes to how we can really win by losing.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you draw from His well the gifts that lead to eternal life.  Pray that you would live a life that is fully surrendered to God.  Pray that you would value all that you gain through a life that is given to God.  Pray that your life would help others to see all that can be gained by giving themselves fully to God.  Pray for a life of faithfulness that consistently draws near to God in all things.  Pray that you would always allow God to set your priorities in all thingsPlease continue to pray for one another in the midst of these confusing and changing times.  Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.

“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 to help you draw near to Him as you win by losing.

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.

MondayWin the Heavenly Prize.  Pray for the discernment needed to stay focused on the heavenward calling God has extended to all who would accept it.  Pray that winning the heavenly prize found in Christ would be your greatest priority in life . . . worth more to you than anything else.  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14 (NIV)

TuesdayLose Control of Your Life.  Pray that you would willingly surrender control of your life so that it would be found in Christ.  Pray that you would help others know the value of losing as a way to truly find what is most important.  Pray that you would always allow God to have control in your life.  “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”  Matthew 16:25 (NIV)

WednesdayDraw From the Well of Living Water.  Pray that your thirst would be satisfied as you turn to Jesus as your source of living water.  Pray for the humility needed to share with others about the only source of life-giving water — the deep well of living water that is Jesus.  “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?”  John 4:11 (NIV)

ThursdayWin People to Jesus.   Pray that your idea of winning would lead you to consider the needs of others above your own.  Pray that your life would be lived in a freedom that shares Jesus with others.  Pray that many people would be won to Christ through your witness.  “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.”  1 Corinthians 9:19 (NIV)

FridayLose Your Trust In Things.  Pray that you would have the courage to lose your trust in the things this world tends to value the most.  Pray that your priorities would be realigned toward the things of God.  Pray that your life would help others to see how knowing Christ far exceeds the value of any loss of worldly things.  “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.”  Philippians 3:8 (NIV)

SaturdayDraw Near to God.  Pray that your definitions of winning and losing would be defined clearly by God as you draw near to Him with a whole heart.  Pray that your priorities would be purified and that your life would be washed clean as you experience God drawing near to you in response to your desire for Him.  “Draw near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  James 4:8 (NIV)