“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Christian ‘Clothing’!
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)
What are you wearing today? Why? What does your choice of clothing say about you? Like it or not, people often make assumptions about us based on what they see us wearing. As a Christian, what are you wearing that would help people see Jesus? This week our Lifestyle of Prayer emphasis will focus on some characteristics that God says we should clothe ourselves with. Pray that you would live as one chosen by God, holy and dearly loved! 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 being clothed, both inwardly and outwardly, in a way that reflects the character of God as you wrap yourself in His love. 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: Clothed With Compassion. Pray that your understanding of your own weaknesses would fill you with a compassion for others. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:13-14 (NIV)
Tuesday: Clothed With Kindness. Pray that you would be observant to the needs of others so that you would show meaningful kindness. “The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.” Acts 28:2 (NIV)
Wednesday: Clothed With Humility. Pray that you would see the value and importance of others as being greater than your own. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
Thursday: Clothed With Gentleness. Pray that God’s presence in your life would clothe you with a gentleness that is obvious to all. “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5 (NIV)
Friday: Clothed With Patience. Pray for the courage to have patience with people as you wait upon the Lord. “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7 (NIV)
Saturday: Clothed With Forgiveness. Pray that the forgiveness that you receive from God would overflow into forgiveness that you extend to others. “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25 (NIV)