“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Be Encouraged (Week Two)!
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
This week we look at part two of a two week focus on being encouraged for the purpose of encouraging one another. The distractions of this world are more than enough to bring discouragement to anyone, so it is important that we keep our eyes focused on the power of God to encourage us so that we can encourage others. As you pray this week, ask God to help you be encouraged through your relationship with Him. Pray that you would know God as the source of courage in the midst of any and all discouragement. Pray that you would be open to the encouragement God sends your way through the people around you. Pray about how God would use you to be a more effective encourager to the people in your life. 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 be encouraged so you can encourage 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: Be Encouraged by God. Pray that you would follow Christ in such a way that you experience the encouragement that comes from God. Pray that the encouragement you receive from God would fill you with a spirit of unity with fellow believers. “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.” Romans 15:5 (NIV)
Tuesday: Be Encouraged by Good News. Pray that you would be encouraged by the good news that is reported to you about others. Pray that you would be a bearer of good news about people, and about God, that would be an encouragement to others. “I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.” Ephesians 6:22 (NIV)
Wednesday: Be Encouraged by Being United With Christ. Pray that you would daily know the comfort and encouragement that comes from being in Christ. Pray that the encouragement you have from being united with Christ would compel you to live like Christ in encouraging others. “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion.” Philippians 2:1 (NIV)
Thursday: Be Encouraged by Sound Doctrine. Pray that you would be encouraged as you hold firmly to the sound doctrine of scripture. Pray that you would share sound doctrine in such a way that it encourages others. “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” Titus 1:9 (NIV)
Friday: Be Encouraged by Love. Pray that you would know the encouragement that comes from being loved. Pray that your love for people would be an encouragement to them. Pray love would bring joy and refreshment to you and to the people around you. “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.” Philemon 1:7 (NIV)
Saturday: Be Encouraged by Meeting Together. Pray that you would always see value in meeting together for encouragement. Pray that you would find ways to meet with others to be encouraged and to encourage them. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)