“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)
With a continued focus on a time for courage, this week we will focus our prayer emphasis on living with courageous purity. It seems that most conversations and teaching about purity center around the topic of sexual purity. While that is an important Biblical topic, I believe the Bible teaches that it is often the impurities in other aspects of our life that leads to sexual impurity. The door of impure actions is often opened by having an impure heart, attitude, thought, or speech. As you pray each day this week, pray for a greater desire for, and practice of, the purity that God desires for you. Pray that your pursuit of purity would be courageous as you choose God’s standards rather than the ways of the world. Pray that the promises of God would motivate you to a purity that honors and pleases Him.
“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 courageous purity.
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: Pure Fear of the Lord. Pray that you would always live according to a pure fear of the Lord. Pray that your reverence of God would come from pure motives and would never waver. Pray that the people around you would come to know a fear of the Lord as the foundation for all purity. “The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.” Psalm 19:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Pure Heart. Pray that you would seek and allow God to create a pure heart within you. Pray that a purity of heart would calm your spirit and keep you steadfast in your relationship with God. Pray that the people around you would see your persistence in allowing God’s Spirit to purify your heart. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Wednesday: Pure Way. Pray that you would be a faithful student of God’s Word for the purpose of keeping your way pure. Pray that all of your ways would be pleasing to God. Pray that the people around you would come to know God’s Word as a protection to keep their life pure. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.” Psalm 119:9 (NIV)
Thursday: Pure Speech. Pray that God’s guard over your mouth would keep your speech pure in all situations. Pray for the courage to be silent when needed and to speak when appropriate. Pray that the people around you would hear a consistent message of your faith as you ask God to watch what comes from your lips. “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3 (NIV)
Friday: Pure Thoughts. Pray that your thoughts would only be of things that are pleasing to God. Pray for a purity of thoughts that would guide all of your actions. Pray that the people around you would understand how important their thought life is and that nothing you do would cause them to have impure thoughts. “The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.” Proverbs 15:26 (NIV)
Saturday: Pure Actions. Pray that God would help you to see how your actions are reflecting Him to the world. Pray for the courage to always act in ways that honor God and help to make Him known. Pray that the people around you will know you as God’s child because of the way you live your life. “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” Proverbs 20:11 (NIV)