Lifestyle of Prayer: Examples!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

 This week’s prayer focus:  Examples!

“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!  No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
1 Corinthians 10:11-13 (NIV)

As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event.  Throughout scripture we are told to view various things as examples of God’s mercy, His judgment, His patience, His love, and the list goes on.  This week our focus will be on praying about the examples we learn from and the example we ought to be.  Continue to pray for the family.  View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort.  Continue to use the prayer guides/lists from the past weeks.

“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 what you have and about how God wants you to use 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: The Example to Serve Others.  Pray that you would have eyes that notice the needs of others and have a willingness to serve them.  “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”  John 13:14-15 (NIV)

Tuesday: The Example of Faithfully Following Christ.  Pray that you would follow the example of faithful people and be an example of one who faithfully lives the teachings of scripture.  “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.  I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.”  1 Corinthians 11:1-2 (NIV)

Wednesday: The Example of Diligent Work.  Pray that your example as a worker would help others see Christ more clearly.  “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.”  2 Thessalonians 3:7-8 (NIV)

Thursday: The Example of God’s Mercy and Patience.  Pray that your life would be an expression to others of God’s mercy.  “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.”  1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV)

Friday: The Example of Integrity.  Pray that you would learn to live a life that is above reproach.  “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”  Titus 2:7-8 (NIV)

SaturdayThe Example of Christ-like Suffering.  Pray for courage to respond with humility when you suffer for the sake of Christ.  “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”  1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Integrity!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

 

 This week’s prayer focus:  Integrity!

“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
Matthew 5:37 (NIV)

“I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes,
will he find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:8 (NIV)

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 we will focus our prayer emphasis on some things that God says about integrity.  Selfishness and situational ethics have made integrity a dying characteristic — everyone else does “it”, so will I.  Integrity is a part of God’s nature so it is a characteristic we ought to pursue in our life in order to better reflect Jesus to the world.  Pray that you would make a life of integrity a priority each day you live.  Pray each day for the individuals of Deer Run as well as the body of Deer Run.

 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 each day praying about, and writing down, how God would have you live out that day’s aspect of prayer.    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: Judged according to your Integrity.  Pray that you would live in such a way that you have no fear when the One who knows your heart judges you according to your integrity.  “Let the LORD judge the peoples.  Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.”  Psalm 7:8 (NIV)

Tuesday: Protected by Integrity.  Pray that the hope you have in Jesus would fill you with an integrity that protects you from sin.  Pray that the people around you would seek God’s protection through a life of integrity.  “May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.”  Psalm 25:21 (NIV)

Wednesday: Upheld by Integrity.  Pray that your life of integrity would lift you up to eternal life with God.  Pray that the people around you would have a relationship with Jesus that is upheld by their integrity.  “In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.”  Psalm 41:12 (NIV)

Thursday: Leading with Integrity.  Pray that all leading you do would be done with integrity.  Pray that all those who lead within God’s kingdom would do so with a heart of integrity.  “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”  Psalm 78:72 (NIV)

Friday: Guided by Integrity.  Pray that your pursuit of God would fill you with an integrity that guides your every step.  Pray that the people around you would avoid destruction by seeking God in a life of integrity.  “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”  Proverbs 11:3 (NIV)

SaturdayTeaching with Integrity.   Pray that all the teaching you do in both word and deed, would be done with complete integrity.  “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”  Titus 2:7-8 (NIV)