Lifestyle of Prayer: Living With Compassion!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Living With Compassion!

 “Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains!  For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”
Isaiah 49:13 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about living with compassion.  Many times we try to substitute pity, instruction, warnings, judgment, or even good deeds for true compassion because we want to help but we don’t want to suffer.  Yet godly compassion means to suffer with those who are suffering so that they may receive the same comfort from us that we have received from God.  There is no greater example of compassion than Jesus coming to earth and suffering alongside mankind so that we may be comforted with the same comfort He received from His Father.  Living with compassion means that we will not only take notice of the suffering that takes place in our world, our neighborhoods, our churches, and our homes; we will join in suffering with those who hurt so that together we can find the comfort God desires for us.    We can learn a lot about the compassion we ought to  have by looking at the compassion God has for us.  As you pray this week, ask God to open your eyes to the sufferings of others.  Pray that you would have the courage to suffer with them — not for the purpose of having a pity party, but in order to find the avenues of comfort that are needed.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“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 with compassion.

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 With the Compassion to Forgive.   Pray that you would live with a greater understanding of the ‘suffering with us” that was required in order for God to forgive our sins.  Pray that your love for God and people would fill you with the compassion necessary to forgive.  “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.”  Psalm 51:1 (NIV)

TuesdayLiving With a Compassion that Gives Life.  Pray that you would allow God’s compassion to come to you in a way that brings life.  Pray that your delight in God’s law would lead you to show compassion to others in a way that leads them to the life God offers.  “Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.”  Psalm 119:77 (NIV)

WednesdayLiving With a Compassion that Restores.  Pray that you would know the compassion of God that restores you to Himself.  Pray that you would deepen your compassion in order to restore those whom you may have abandoned.  “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.”  Isaiah 54:7 (NIV)

ThursdayLiving With a Compassion that Shows Mercy and True Justice.  Pray that your willingness to suffer with those who suffer would lead you to seek true justice for those who have been wronged.  Pray that this same compassion that seeks justice would be filled with great mercy.  “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’”  Zechariah 7:9 (NIV)

FridayLiving With Compassion for Those Who are Harassed and Helpless.  Pray that you would pay attention to the “crowds” and notice when their actions are the result of being harassed and helpless.  Pray that your compassion would cause you to suffer together with those being harassed as you help them find the Good Shepherd.  “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”  Matthew 9:36 (NIV)

SaturdayLiving With Compassion for Those Who Need to Return Home.  Pray that you would know the joy of the Father’s compassion as He welcomes you back home.  Pray that you would have great compassion for those who are a long way from home and need to return.  “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”  Luke 15:20 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living With Strength!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Living With Strength!

 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:26 (NIV)

Most of us want to be strong.  We go to great lengths to hide our weaknesses so that we give the impression of strength in all things.  Sometimes we try so hard to be strong in our own power and ability that our mind and body can no longer stand the pressure we have placed upon it, and it begins to shut down.  This week’s prayer focus in on living with strength, but the strength that we must pursue come from God and not from our own might.  God wants us to live with His strength in such a way that the people around us see Him and glorify our Father who is in heaven.  As you pray this week, examine the times that your heart and flesh have failed you and ask God to show you why.  Pray that you would learn to “acknowledge God in all your ways” as you “lean not on your own understanding.”  Pray for the courage to admit your weaknesses so that you can allow God to fill you with His strength.  Pray that the strengthening you receive from God would be used by Him to also strengthen others.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“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 with strength.

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 With Strength to Walk a Perfect Way.   Pray that you would look to God to help you walk according to His perfect way.  Pray that God would give you the strength necessary to resist the temptations to walk in ways that are not perfect.  “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”  Psalm 18:32 (NIV)

TuesdayLiving With the Strength of God’s Help.  Pray that your trust in God would help you to be strengthened by Him in all circumstances.  Pray that you would recognize the help God provides as you praise Him for the strength He gives.  “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.  My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”  Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

WednesdayLiving With Strength that is Renewed by God.  Pray that you would know God as your source of renewal when your own strength begins to fade.  Pray that your hope in God would be strengthened during times of weakness.  “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.”  Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)

ThursdayLiving With the Strength to Proclaim God’s Message.  Pray that you would live with the Lord at your side to strengthen you.  Pray that God’s presence would give you the strength to proclaim His truth at every opportunity.  “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.”  2 Timothy 4:17 (NIV)

FridayLiving With the Strength to Serve Others.  Pray that you would recognize not only God’s calling, but also His equipping you to serve.  Pray that God would fill you with the strength to serve others so that He is praised through your efforts.  “If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

SaturdayLiving With Strength that Seems Small.  Pray that you would cling to God when your strength seems small.  Pray that you would keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, as the one who is the Door, when it feels like your strength is not enough.  “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”  Revelation 3:8 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living With Patience!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Living With Patience!

 “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)

Before you ignore this week’s prayer guide or throw it out because you’ve heard or experienced horror stories about praying for patience, I want to remind you that living with patience is not only instructed by God but it is also part of His gift to us.  This week we will be praying about some qualities that God wants to grow within us as we live with patience.  We will also spend time praying about how God has equipped us to live with patience.  Part of the beauty that is present in all of God’s instructions, including living with patience, is that the ability to follow His instructions comes from Him.  While commanding us to be patient may seem like an impossible instruction to obey, He gives us everything we need to walk in complete obedience.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you see the value of waiting patiently on Him each day.  Pray that you would allow the gifting of His Spirit to work within your life to produce a patience that doesn’t come naturally.  Pray that you would live with patience in such a way that others can imitate your obedience to God.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“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 with patience.

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 With Patience as You Cry Out to God.   Pray that  you would be confident of God listening to your cries even as you wait for His answer.  Pray that you would not become weary in the waiting as you cry out to God.  “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.”  Psalm 40:1 (NIV)

TuesdayLiving With Patience in the Midst of Suffering.  Pray that you would learn patient endurance through the example of others being comforted in their distress.  Pray that you would live as an example to others as you live with patience in the midst of suffering.  “If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.”  2 Corinthians 1:6 (NIV)

WednesdayLiving With Patience through God’s Spirit.  Pray that you would know God’s presence as you live with patience.  Pray that a growing patience in your life would be the result of God’s Spirit living within you.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

ThursdayLiving With Patience With Everyone.  Pray that you would live with patience in every manner of interaction with others.  Pray that your patience with others would allow you to warn, encourage, and help them in appropriate ways according to their need.  “And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”  1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NIV)

FridayLiving With Patience to Receive What is Promised.  Pray that you would know the difference between patience and laziness — and choose patience.  Pray that your active waiting would prepare you to receive what God has promised to those who live by faith.  “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”  Hebrews 6:12 (NIV)

SaturdayLiving With Patience as You Wait on the Lord’s Coming.  Pray that you would not become weary in doing good as you wait for the Lord’s return.  Pray that your patience would lead you to do the work which is appropriate for the current season.  “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.”  James 5:7 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living With Peace!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Living With Peace!

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. ”
Romans 12:17-18 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about living with peace.  Because we live in a world that seems dominated by conflict, peace can appear to be very elusive and even unattainable.  Yet God calls His children to do everything possible from their side to be at peace with everyone.  When Paul writes to the Romans, I don’t believe he is saying to only do what is right in the eyes of everyone — that would be pretty short list.  But putting into practice the things that everyone agrees are right, is a good starting point to living at peace with people.  While peace with others is not completely dependent on us, we can help that process by not creating unnecessary conflict.  But not only is peace with everyone about others, I believe it is also about living at peace with ourselves and with God.  As you pray, ask God to fill you with a peace that can only come from the presence of His Spirit within you.  Pray that you would value those things that are universally right.  Pray that you would seek peace with others in a way that leads them to a true peace with God.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“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 with peace.

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 With Peace in Times of Trouble.   Pray that you would look to God for a peace that is beyond anything the world could offer.  Pray that you would be filled with God’s peace when trouble and fear come your way.  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27 (NIV)

TuesdayLiving With Peace as You Trust in God.  Pray that you would put your hope in God so that He would fill you with a peace that comes from having a complete trust in Him.  Pray that this peace would overflow with a hope that the world can notice.  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13 (NIV)

WednesdayLiving With Peace through God’s Spirit.  Pray that you would live a Spirit-filled life that would give you a peace that cannot be taken from you.  Pray that you would incorporate the fruit of God’s Spirit into your daily practice of living with peace.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

ThursdayLiving With a Peace that Brings Unity.  Pray that you would work diligently at maintaining unity as God’s Spirit binds you together in peace.  Pray that your interactions with other believers would present a picture of unity through a common peace.  “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)

FridayLiving With a Peace that Prepares You to Move.  Pray that you would be prepared to take the gospel message with you because of its message of peace.  Pray that your readiness to go wherever God leads you would come from a belief in the gospel of peace.  “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”  Ephesians 6:14-15 (NIV)

SaturdayLiving With a Peace that Surpasses Understanding.  Pray that your prayer life would fill you with a peace that surpasses understanding.  Pray that God’s peace would always guard your heart and mind.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living With Courage!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Living With Courage!

“But Jesus immediately said to them:
‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’”
Matthew 14:27 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about living with courage.  Throughout scripture, we are commanded to take courage.  From the repeated message to Joshua to “be strong and courageous” to the words of Jesus, “Take courage! It is I.”, spoken to a group of frightened disciples; having courage seems to be something that followers of Jesus need to be reminded of.  For the Christian, living with courage is possible because we know the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world.  God’s desire is that we be filled with a courage that comes from Him, but He also desires that others are filled with courage because of His presence in us.  We encourage one another, or fill one another with courage, as we share life and God’s Word in ways that are caring, constructive, and convicting — I know, sounds like a three-point sermon in the making, right?  As you pray, ask God to fill you with courage to live each day as you walk in obedience to Him.  Pray that His presence would not only fill you with courage, but would give you the ability to encourage others.  Pray that a life of courage would lead you to do the right things at all times.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“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 with courage.

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:  Living With Courage to Pray.  Ask God to fill you with a view of Him that would require courage to approach Him in prayer.  Pray that you would be filled with the courage to trust your requests to the goodness of God.  “You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you.”  1 Chronicles 17:25  (NIV)

TuesdayLiving With Visible Courage.  Pray that your relationship with Jesus would fill you with a courage that is visible.  Pray that your courage would help others to see Jesus in you.  “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”  Acts 4:13 (NIV)

WednesdayLiving With Courage to Believe God.  Pray that you would have the courage to take God at His word in all things.  Pray that your faith would increase as you live with a courageous belief in God.  “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”  Acts 27:25 (NIV)

ThursdayLiving With Courage to Speak.  Pray that you would  have the courage to speak about your life in Christ no matter where you are.  Pray that others would be encouraged to speak the word of God because of the courage they see in you.  “Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”  Philippians 1:14 (NIV)

FridayLiving With Sufficient Courage.  Pray that God would fill you with courage that is sufficient for each day.  Pray that your hope in Christ would give you enough courage to exalt Him in all circumstances. “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”  Philippians 1:20 (NIV)

SaturdayLiving With Courage to Hold On To.  Pray that you would always hold on to the courage that God desires to place within you.  Pray that the faithfulness of Jesus over the things entrusted to Him would fill you with a courage that you will never let go of.   “But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”  Hebrews 3:6 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living Pure!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Living Pure!

“The voice spoke to him a second time,
‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’” 

Acts 10:15 (NIV)

“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”
John 15:3 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about living pure.  While that may sound like a pretty tall order, we are made pure by the blood of Jesus and can be kept pure by the power of God at work in us through His Word and His Spirit.  Unfortunately, many people seem to be more concerned about the purity of their food and drink than they are about the purity of their life.  God has made us clean and wants us to remain clean through a continued relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus.  To live pure each day, however, requires some deliberate thought and action on our part.  We choose often each day whether we will live pure or not.  Many times we find ourselves not living in purity because we haven’t made the choice to do so.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you understand the absolute purity that exists because of the cleansing He has done in your life.  Pray that you would make wise decisions each day to maintain that purity.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“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 pure as one who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus.

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 Pure Through Godly Discernment.  Pray that a godly love would fill you with the discernment necessary to live a pure life.  Pray that your discernment would keep you pure in all of your relationships.  “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.”  Philippians 1:9-10 (NIV)

TuesdayLiving Pure With Joy In Difficult Times.  Pray that you would be able to see beyond your trials to the pure joy that God wants to develop in your life.  Pray that you would live pure in the midst of difficulties as your faith grows through the testing.  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”  James 1:2-3 (NIV)

WednesdayLiving Pure In Our Religion.  Pray that you would live pure in the way you relate to God.  Pray that your practice of religion would be pure as you care for those who are overlooked and for yourself.  “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  James 1:27 (NIV)

ThursdayLiving Pure Through Wisdom From Heaven.  Pray that you would be filled with a wisdom from heaven that guides  you in all purity.  Pray that the way you live would show the people around you a glimpse of the purity that comes from godly wisdom.  “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”  James 3:17 (NIV)

FridayLiving Pure By a Spiritual Diet.  Pray that you would crave the pure spiritual diet that will help you to grow in your salvation.  Pray that your taste of God would make you want more of His purity in the way you live.  “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”  1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)

SaturdayLiving Pure Through Our Hope in Jesus.  Pray that you would desire purity in your life because of the hope Jesus has placed in you.  Pray that you would be more like Christ.  “But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”  1 John 3:2-3 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Wise Counsel!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Wise Counsel!

“To God belong wisdom and power;
counsel and understanding are his.”
Job 12:13 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus will be about seeking wise counsel, not only from God but also from the people He has brought into our lives for that purpose.  If we examine who it is we listen to, many times we will discover it is only those who we believe will agree with us.  How often do we reject wise counsel, whether from God or people, because we have already made up our mind about a matter?  While the Bible talks about the importance of many advisers, it also warns about surrounding ourselves with those who simply say what we want to hear.  Gaining, and giving, wise counsel can be a balancing act as we listen to one another through the filters of God’s Word and His Spirit.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you listen not only to what you want to hear, but to differing viewpoints as you seek wise counsel from God.  Pray that you would subject all counsel you give and receive to the truth of God’s Word and instruction of His Spirit.  Pray that you would have the courage to change when God shows you that you have acted without wise counsel.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.

“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 both giving and receiving wise counsel.

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.

MondayCounsel That Results in Praise.  Pray that you would receive counsel from the Lord at all times.  Pray that you would live a life of praise because of the counsel you receive and follow.  “I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.”  Psalm 16:7 (NIV)

TuesdayCounsel That Leads to Eternal Glory.  Pray that you would desire to be guided by God’s counsel.  Pray that you would live with a confident hope of eternal glory with God as you follow His counsel.  “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”  Psalm 73:24 (NIV)

WednesdayCounsel From God’s Word.  Pray that you would find delight in the laws of God’s Word.  Pray that you would be a student of the Word of God as you seek counsel from it.  Pray that God’s Word would be central in the counsel you give others.  “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.”  Psalm 119:24 (NIV)

ThursdayCounsel That is Successful.  Pray that you would be open to godly counsel and advice that may go against what you want.  Pray that you would surround yourself with advisers who seek to listen to God rather than advisers who seek to make you feel good about your plans.  “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”  Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

FridayCounsel That is Earnest.  Pray that you would know the joy of having friends who will give earnest counsel.  Pray that the counsel you give to others would be given with serious thought and consideration of what God desires.  “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.”  Proverbs 27:9 (NIV)

SaturdayCounsel From God’s Spirit.  Pray that you would know, and listen to, the ultimate counsel of God’s Spirit living within you.  Pray that you would have God’s Word hidden in your heart so it is filled with good things for the Holy Spirit to remind you of.  “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  John 14:26 (NIV)