Lifestyle of Prayer: Words From the Cross!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus:  Words From the Cross!

 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (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 return to the words of Jesus from the cross to help us focus our prayer time each day!  As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, it is fitting to not only consider the sacrifice Jesus made, but to apply His very words to how we pray this week.  Use the topics this week to help you pray through difficulties, through weakness, through loneliness, through concern for others, and most importantly through the eyes of Jesus.

 “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 focused around the words of Jesus spoken from the cross.  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: Father, forgive them.  Pray that the people you see today would realize and accept the Father’s forgiveness.  “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”  Luke 23:34

Tuesday: You will be with me.  Pray that the people you interact with today would have a desire to know, and be known, by Jesus.  “Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.'”  Luke 23:43

Wednesday: Behold, your son.  Pray about how God would have you respond to those with no family.  “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”  John 19:26-27 

Thursday: Why have you forsaken me.  Pray for those who feel forsaken by God; that you would represent Jesus well to them.  “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’–which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'”  Matthew 27:46

Friday: I thirst.  Pray that the people you see today would have a real thirst for the things of God.  “Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.'”  John 19:28

SaturdayIt is finished.  Pray that you would be actively involved in helping people be ready for the time their life on earth is finished.  “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”  John 19:30  “Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.”  Luke 23:46

 

Check out the audio recordings from this past week’s prayer conference!

https://impactprayer.wordpress.com/prayer-conference-audio/ 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Talk FIRST to God!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

 This week’s prayer focus:  Talk FIRST to God!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

When you need someone to talk to, who do you go to first?  Why?  Is it easy or difficult for you to think about talking first to God about everything?  Why?  Our prayer emphasis this week will have us praying about the application points from my sermon, “Talk FIRST to God”.  Pray that God would help you to have a relationship with Him that is so special that your desire would always be to go to Him first about everything.  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 relationship you have with God and how that can grow through your willingness to communicate openly with Him.    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. 

MondayTalk Faithfully to God.  Pray that you would not let a day go by without talking to God about your needs for that day.  Pray that you would recognize, and avoid, the distractions that attempt to keep you from praying.  “Give us today our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11 (NIV)

TuesdayTalk Intentionally to God.  Pray that you would talk to God specifically about the things that tempt you.  Pray that you would be more intentional in seeking God’s help to overcome temptation.  “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”  Matthew 6:13 (NIV)

WednesdayTalk Respectfully to God.  Pray that genuine worship of God would always be evident in your conversations with Him.  Pray that you would always view God as holy.  “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’”  Matthew 6:9 (NIV)

ThursdayTalk Submissively to God.  Pray that you would seek God’s will, and submit to it, in all of your requests and petitions.  Pray that you would repent of the pride that keeps you from submitting to God in everything.  “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10 (NIV)

FridayTalk Truthfully to God.  Pray that you would always be truthful with God about the sin in your life and the debt He has paid to remove it.  Pray that you would be truthful in your forgiveness of others.  “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  Matthew 6:12 (NIV)

SaturdayTalk FIRST to God about Everything.  Pray that you would recognize and experience the benefits of talking first to God about everything.  Pray that God would help you to see things in your prayer life that need to change in order for His truth to be more evident.  (Matthew 6:9-13)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A Prayer Lesson From Jesus

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

 This week’s prayer focus: Prayer Lesson From Jesus!

Week of March 31, 2013

“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)

A Lifestyle of Prayer should be just that — a lifestyle, not simply an event.  View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort.  It is my prayer that these weeks of “topical” prayer guides have been training and equipping you in the practice of prayer.  This week we will be using the teaching of Jesus on prayer found in Matthew 6 as the basis for our daily prayer emphasis.  We will break down the model prayer of Jesus as a guide on how to pray each day for our friends, family, co-workers, classmates, neighbors, strangers, church family, self, and anyone else that God brings across our path.  Pray each day for the individuals of Deer Run as well as the body of Deer Run.  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 focused around the words of Jesus spoken in the model prayer.  With that focus in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the other “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks.  Thank you!

Sunday, March 31: David Honeycutt, Paul Stearns, Kristen Nicks,  volunteers, the preaching & teaching at DRCC, and the DRCC finances.

Monday, April 1: Start with proper focus.  Pray that your focus would be on pursuing and knowing God.  Ask God to help you pray from a pure heart and motive.  “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  Matthew 6:7-8

Tuesday, April 2: Honor God.  Pray that God’s name would be honored and respected — not only in your prayers, but in your life.  Pray for the people you meet today, that they would respect the name of God.   “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.'”  Matthew 6:9

Wednesday, April 3: Seek God’s will in everything.  Pray that God’s will would be seen and done in your life.  Pray God’s will for the people you interact with today — that none should perish but all would come to repentance.  “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10 

Thursday, April 4: Ask, and trust, God for your daily needs.  Pray for your specific daily needs.  Pray that God would fill you with the bread of life — His son, Jesus.  Pray for the needs of the people in your life today.  “Give us today our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11

Friday, April 5: Seek forgiveness and seek to forgive.  Agree with God about your sin and ask for His forgiveness.  Pray for those who have sinned against you and for those you have sinned against — that forgiveness would be both extended and accepted  “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  Matthew 6:12

Saturday, April 6Protection from the attacks of satan.  Pray for the courage to resist temptation.  Pray for the wisdom to take the “way of escape” when necessary.  “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”  Matthew 6:13

Sunday, April 7: David Honeycutt, Paul Stearns, Kristen Nicks, volunteers, the preaching & teaching at DRCC, and the DRCC finances.