“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Authority of Jesus!
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 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 7:13-14 (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. As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event. Continue to pray for the family. View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort.
“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 spend time praying each day about the authority of Jesus and how you respond to it. Thank you!
Sunday: Pray for your church, its staff and leadership, and for all of the preaching and teaching that takes place. Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: All 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. “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’” Matthew 28:18 (NIV)
Tuesday: Authority to Teach. 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. “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)
Wednesday: Authority to Forgive Sins. Pray that you would live with confidence because of the authority of Jesus to forgive sins. 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)
Thursday: Authority Over Evil Spirits. Pray that you would look to Jesus as the One with authority over evil spirits and the attacks of Satan in your life and in the lives of others. “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)
Friday: Authority to Judge. Pray that you would have no reason to fear the authority of Jesus to judge. 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)
Saturday: Authority to Give Eternal Life. Pray that you would never forget that it is Jesus who has the authority to give eternal life. 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)