Lifestyle of Prayer: World Missions!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: World Missions!

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

As we continue our Lifestyle of Prayer emphasis, this week’s focus is a reminder to pray for the mission work supported by you and your congregation.  God expects every believer to be involved in sharing the good news of Jesus everywhere we go.  For some, that calling is to a coworker in a community that you’ve spent your entire life in.  For others, that calling is to take the gospel message to a people group in a distant land that you’ve never been to until responding in obedience to God’s calling.  For many, that calling is somewhere between those two examples as we carry the gospel message everywhere we go.  As we pray about the spread of the gospel, we also pray about our part in taking the message of Jesus to all the world.  Our involvement in missions ought to be an integral part of who we are as a Christian.  We give financially to missions so that their work would not be hindered by a lack of resources.  We pray fervently for missions so that we would hear how God wants to work through them, and through us in partnership with them.  As you pray for the missions and missionaries you know, pray that they would have fruitful labor as you ask God to fill them with the characteristics listed on the reverse side of this page.  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 as you seek to spread the good news of Jesus 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.

Monday: Encouragement.  Pray that God would help you to find ways to encourage those directly involved in mission work throughout the world.  Pray that you would be known as one who refreshes the hearts of others.  “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”  Philemon 1:7 (NIV

Tuesday: Provision:  Pray that each mission would have all that is needed for their work as Christians around the world are “credited” with being the instrument God uses to meet the needs of missionaries.   Pray that  you would know God’s provision as you give to others.  “Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.  And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:17,19 (NIV)

Wednesday: Wisdom:  Pray for a wisdom that comes from God as our missionaries make decisions.  Pray for the patience that is required to know God’s wisdom.  “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.”  2 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

Thursday: Effectiveness:  Pray that the work of missionaries would be effective in reaching people with the good news of Jesus.  Pray for a knowledge of doors which have been opened for effective work.  “But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.”  1 Corinthians 16:8-9 (NIV)

Friday: Boldness:  Pray that the missionaries, and yourself, would be filled with a boldness to proclaim the gospel as we ought.  Pray for the courage to fear God more than the threats of men.  “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”  Acts 4:29 (NIV)

Saturday: Faithfulness:  Pray for missionaries to be great examples of faithfulness and that they would be filled with joy by the faithfulness of those who hear the message from them.  Pray for a faithfulness to the knowledge of the truth.  “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: Facing Trouble!

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This week’s prayer focus: Facing Trouble!

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

Trouble.  The “gift” no one asks for but we all receive.  Jesus made it clear in His teaching that His followers would not be exempt from trouble in this life.  In fact, He says there will be trouble that exists simply because of following Jesus completely.  While trouble is inevitable, Jesus says that we should not add to each day’s trouble by worrying about the trouble of the next day.  When we look to God’s Word, there is much to learn about how to pray during times of trouble.  We begin by seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  When that is the one thing we seek each day, then we begin to get a glimpse of the temporary nature of our troubles.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you face trouble with a wisdom and strength that only He can give.  Pray that you would learn and grow during times of trouble as you rely on the power of God’s Spirit within you.  Pray that you would not add to your day’s trouble things that do not belong and pray that your actions would not add to the trouble faced by 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 as you face, endure, and overcome trouble.

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.

MondayA Stronghold During Times of Trouble.  Pray that you would seek God’s righteousness to be  your stronghold of protection when you experience trouble.  Pray that you would see through the trouble to the salvation that awaits those who remain in the Lord.  “The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.”  Psalm 37:39 (NIV)

TuesdayDelivered During Times of Trouble.  Pray that your care of the weak would grow in proportion to your desire to be delivered from trouble.  Pray that the regard you have for those who struggle would result in both you and them being delivered by God.  “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.”  Psalm 41:1 (NIV)

WednesdayAn Answer During Times of Trouble.  Pray that God would fill your mind and spirit with the desire to call on Him first when you experience trouble.  Pray that your calling out to God would include times of listening as you anticipate His answer to the trouble you face.  “In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.”  Psalm 86:7 (NIV)

ThursdayPeace During Times of Trouble.  Pray that you would be filled with peace through your remembrance of the Word of God.  Pray that the victory won by Jesus would fill you with peace.  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 (NIV)

FridayComfort During Times of Trouble.  Pray that you would allow God’s comfort to fill you during times of trouble.  Pray that you would be active in comforting others with the comfort God has given you.  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Saturday:  Pray During Times of  Trouble.  Ask God to help you turn to Him in prayer during times of trouble.  Pray that you would have the courage to enlist others to pray with you as you wait upon the Lord.  “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.”  James 5:13 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Learning to Give!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Learning to Give!

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
Acts 20:35 (NIV)

This week’s lifestyle of prayer emphasis will focus on learning to give.  Just as the Bible teaches that we know love because God first loved us, we can learn to give because God first gave to us.  Too often we don’t give — not because the need isn’t present, and not even because we don’t have the resources — but simply because we haven’t learned to give.  God’s desire is that we learn to give with the purpose of blessing others and in so doing we discover we too are blessed.  When we follow the example of Jesus we learn to give what we know, we learn to give what we have, and we learn to give what God provides.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you be a learner when it comes to giving.  Pray that your practice of giving would be a blessing to you, and to others, as you reflect Christ in your giving habits.  Pray that your recognition of God as the provider of all good things would help you learn to give more freely.  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 as you learn the blessing of giving.

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.

MondayLearn to Give Thanks.  Pray that your awareness of God’s righteousness would teach you to give thanks.  Pray that God’s work in your life would teach you a lifestyle of gratitude.  “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.”  Psalm 7:17 (NIV)

TuesdayLearn to Give Generously.  Pray that you would follow God as you turn from a wickedness of taking to a righteousness of giving generously.  Pray that God would teach you to recognize all that He has put into your life for the purpose of you sharing it with others.  “The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.”  Psalm 37:21 (NIV)

WednesdayLearn to Give Now.  Pray that you would learn to recognize the moments of opportunity in giving.  Pray that God would help you do an inventory of your life so you know what you can give now.  “Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow’– when you now have it with you.”  Proverbs 3:28 (NIV)

ThursdayLearn to Give Sound Answers.  Pray that you would be a student of God’s Word so you would be able to give sound answers.  Pray that God would help you to discern what is true and reliable as you answer those who seek hope.  “Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?”  Proverbs 22:20-21 (NIV)

FridayLearn to Give Grace.  Pray that you would learn to give grace to others in the measure that God has given it to  you.  Pray that you would understand the power of transformation that comes through the giving and receiving of grace — even to those who are your enemy.  “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.”  Proverbs 25:21 (NIV)

Saturday:  Learn to Give Careful Attention.  Pray that you would give careful attention to all that God has put under  your care.  Pray that you would learn from God how to be responsible in giving attention to that which needs it so that you and your family will be prepared for the coming of Christ.  “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.”  Proverbs 27:23 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A Prayer of FAITH!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

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

“Is any one of you in trouble?  He should pray.  Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise.  Is any one of you sick?  He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.  If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
James 5:13-16 (NIV)

This week’s lifestyle of prayer emphasis will focus on the faith aspect of our prayers.  God says that without faith it is impossible to please Him.  Without some element of faith, our prayers may not really be prayers at all.  It is faith, even if just the seeds of faith, that cause us to cry out to God in prayer.  Faith believes that God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  A prayer of faith will make a sick person well — not always by removing the sickness, but always by being raised up by the Lord.  This week we will spend time asking God to help us grow in some areas that will increase the faith in our prayers.  As you pray, ask God to help you overcome any doubts that hinder your faith.  Pray that you would seek God diligently and believe that He will reward you through a relationship with Him.  Pray that your understanding of “being well” would take on an eternal perspective.  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 praying with faith in all circumstances.

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.

MondayA Prayer of Focus.  Ask God to give you the wisdom to know what is good and right.  Pray that you would stay focused in your belief in God’s desire and ability to answer your prayers.  “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”  James 1:6 (NIV)

TuesdayA Prayer of Acceptance.  Pray that your faith would accept God’s Word as the holy instructions which bring salvation.  Ask God to help you have prayers which are filled with an acceptance of His Word and His ways being the foundation of His answers.  “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”  James 1:21 (NIV)

WednesdayA Prayer of Insight.  Pray that God would fill you with an insight and understanding that could only come through His Word and His Spirit.  Ask God to fill your prayers with the insight that comes from doing the things He teaches.  “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.”  James 1:25 (NIV)

ThursdayA Prayer of Trust.  Ask God to increase your trust of Him as you submit to Him in all things as you go to Him in prayer.  Pray that  you would learn to humble yourself as you pray and trust that He will lift you up.  “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”  James 4:10 (NIV)

FridayA Prayer of Hope.  Pray that you would have patience as you wait for the hope you have in Christ to be fulfilled.  Ask God to help you pray with hope in all things because of the coming of the Lord.  “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”  James 5:8 (NIV)

Saturday:  A Prayer of Exclamation!  Pray that you would know the healing that comes from living in agreement with God, and others, about the harmfulness of sin.  Ask God to help you have powerful and effective prayers that exclaim to others the power of God to heal and forgive.  “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”  James 5:16 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Dare To Be a Daniel!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Dare To Be a Daniel!

“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, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”
Daniel 6:10 (NIV)

The Bible is filled with characters who serve as examples of how we ought to live a godly life.  If you pay attention, you’ll notice that many of them did just that under circumstances that were less than ideal.  Daniel is one of them.  When Nebuchadnezzar invaded Israel, he carried off from Jerusalem “young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace” — young men including Daniel.  Even in a place where it would have been easy to forget God, Daniel maintained a practice of honoring God just as he had been taught.  I still remember the old Sunday School song, “Dare To Be a Daniel”, and believe that doing just that would make a world of difference in the way we represent Christ.  This week we will spend time praying about each of the above qualities that the king looked for, and found, in the life of Daniel.  As you pray, ask God to help you remain faithful regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in.  Pray that you would not be ashamed to be different from others as you live for Christ.  Pray that your daily practice of honoring God would sustain you in continuing to do so when times are difficult.  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 applying the characteristics which made Daniel useful not only to the king, but more importantly, useful in serving God.

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.

MondayDare to Be Perfect.  Pray that you would understand the perfection that God wants you to have in being holy just as He is holy.  Pray that you would set God as the standard of perfection you pursue in all things.  “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:48 (NIV)

TuesdayDare to Be Handsome/Beautiful.  Pray that you would view yourself, and others, in the same way God does.  Pray that the beauty of your inner spirit would be evident to those who see you each day.  “Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”  1 Peter 3:4 (NIV)

WednesdayDare to Be a Learner.  Pray that you would live each day yoked together with Christ as you learn from Him.  Pray that the gentleness and humility of Christ would be characteristics you learn from Him.  “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:29 (NIV)

ThursdayDare to Be Informed.  Pray that you would take the time to be informed about the hardships that are suffered by Christians in many parts of the world simply because they follow Christ.  Pray that being informed would move you to do what you can, and what God calls you to do.  “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.”  2 Corinthians 1:8 (NIV)

FridayDare to Understand.  Pray that God would fill you with an understanding of His will as you search and study scripture.  Pray that your understanding of the Lord’s will would result in your doing of the Lord’s will.  “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”  Ephesians 5:17 (NIV)

Saturday:  Dare to Be Qualified.  Pray that you would live as one qualified to serve in the kingdom of God, not because of your self but because of a God who has qualified  you.  Pray that you would live a life of thanksgiving as one God has qualified.  “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”  Colossians 1:12 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living a (New) Resurrected Life!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Living a (New) Resurrected Life!

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’”
Revelation 21:5

As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event.  View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort.  This week as we reflect on the resurrection of Jesus and the new life we have in Him, we will focus on some of the aspects of living that new life.  Whether you feel new or not, if you have been adopted into God’s family, He has made, and continues to make, you new!  As you pray, ask God to help you not only experience the newness of being in Christ but that you would share that newness with the people around you on a daily basis.  Pray that the power of the resurrection of Jesus would be on display in your life as you live a life that has been made new.  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 a new life through the power of the resurrection.

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: New Command.  Pray that you would live out this new command in a way that your love would not be ordinary, but would be Christ-like.  Pray that your obedience to the command to love one another would help others see you as a disciple of Jesus.  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35

Tuesday: New Life.  Pray that the new life you experience in Christ would compel you to share that message with others.  Pray that your life and your words would always tell the full message of the resurrected life you live.  “‘Go, stand in the temple courts,’ he said, ‘and tell the people the full message of this new life.’” Acts 5:20

Wednesday: New Teaching.  Pray that you would always be prepared to give an explanation of the teaching of Jesus that you follow.  Pray  that you would live in a way that others would want to know the new teaching that you follow.  “Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, ‘May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting?’”  Acts 17:19

Thursday: New Covenant.  Pray that you would fully live by the Spirit which gives life according to the covenant God has made with His people.  Pray that you understand fully the competence you have been given to share the new covenant with others.  “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”  2 Corinthians 3:6

Friday: New Creation.  Pray that you would know the power of the resurrection in making you a new creation in Christ.  Pray that your life as a new creation in Christ would not be held back by a past that has been forgiven.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

SaturdayNew Attitude.  Pray that the removal of your old self  would be complete as you live fully in a new attitude when you allow Christ to complete a renewing of your mind.  “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds.”  Ephesians 4:22-23

Lifestyle of Prayer: Obedience!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Obedience!

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!”
Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)

Most adults seem to like the command where God says children are to obey their parents.  We like it because we tend to unconsciously add two small words to it.  We tend to read it, “[Little] Children obey your [good] parents in the Lord, for this is right.”  Yes, there are limits when it comes to obeying people — “We must obey God rather than men” — but obedience is a trait that God expects all of His children to exhibit.  This week, as we pray leading up to Resurrection Sunday, we will be praying about following the example of Jesus, who “became obedient to death — even death on a cross.”  As you pray, ask God to help you examine your current level of obedience and reveal how you need to grow to become more like Christ.  Pray that you would value the choice of obedience in your life and in the lives of others.  Pray that the results of your obedience would help the people around you see Jesus more clearly.  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 understanding the importance of obedience in all aspects of your relationship with 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.  

MondayObedience That Is Steadfast.  Pray that God would help you to maintain a steadfast obedience to the decrees of God.  Pray that your times of doubt would be replaced by a steadfast commitment to obeying the laws of God.  “Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!”  Psalm 119:5 (NIV)

TuesdayObedience In Your Thoughts.  Pray that God’s Spirit would guard  your mind so that every thought is obedient to Christ.  Pray for the wisdom to see through the arguments and pretension that would lead you away from obedient thoughts.  “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

WednesdayObedience That is Wholehearted.  Pray that you would pursue a wholehearted obedience to the teachings of God in order to escape the slavery of sin.  Pray that you would help other know they do not have to remain a slave to sin.  “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.”  Romans 6:17 (NIV)

ThursdayObedience to Leaders.  Pray that your obedience would be a joy to the leaders who have authority over you.  Pray that you would recognize the advantages that come, both to you and your leaders, when you obey.  “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”  Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)

FridayObedience to the Truth.  Pray that you would be able to express pure love for others because of your obedience to the truth.  Pray that you would allow God to purify your life by your willingness to obey His truth.  “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.”  1 Peter 1:22 (NIV)

Saturday:  Obedience to God’s Commands.  Pray that your love for God would be expressed in your obedience to His commands.  Pray that the command to walk in love would be the foundation for your obedience.  “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”  2 John 1:6 (NIV)