Lifestyle of Prayer: Unity (Revisited)

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: Unity (Revisited)!

“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 year ago we began this “Lifestyle of Prayer” emphasis with a 40 day focus on praying people by name.  Next week we will return to a season of praying for one another by name, but I want to lead into that with a return visit to a prayer focus on Unity.  Save this guide to use in conjunction with the following weeks of individual names.  This week we will focus on different aspects of unity from God’s perspective.  It seems nearly everyone loves the idea of unity, if people would just agree with me — really we just want conformity, not unity.  Real unity comes when we decide it’s all about what God says, wants, and desires and not about me!.  Use the suggestions each day but most of all allow God’s Word to soak into your life and direct how you pray and who you pray for.  As you pray, pay attention to any changes and/or actions God would be calling you to make in that area.  Pray for a unity of spirit among believers in general and among your church family in particular.  View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort.

 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” 
Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV)

Please spend time praying each day for godly wisdom in applying that day’s “unity” quality for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the other “one anothers” in your life.  Thank you!

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: Unity of mind.  Pray for a unity of mind among the people of God so that the work of the kingdom is not hindered.  “Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD.”  2 Chronicles 30:12

Tuesday: Unity of life.  Pray for unity in the families of our congregation and in the family of our congregation so that life together will be “good and pleasant”.   “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”  Psalm 133:1

Wednesday: Complete unity.  Pray that your pursuit of complete unity in Christ would help others to see Jesus and the love of God in you.  “I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  John 17:23

Thursday: Unity of spirit.  Pray for a unity of spirit among our church family that is based on our following Christ Jesus..  “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.” 
Romans 15:5

Friday: Unity of faith.  Pray for the maturity to get along with one another as we mature into a unity of faith through our knowledge  of, and relationship with, Jesus.  “until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:13

Saturday Perfect unity.  Pray for a Christ-like love which will hold together in perfect unity all of the godly characteristics that God calls you to “put on” in your life.   “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” 
Colossians 3:14

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Jesus (Week 2)

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: Jesus!

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Matthew 16:15

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 

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 finish a two-week series of praying about who Jesus is, or should be, in our life.  Over the two weeks we are using many of the titles/descriptions of Jesus found in the gospel of John.  As you are growing in the practice of prayer, I also encourage you to grow in the practice of journaling your prayers, your requests, your praises, and make note of how you see God working in each.   As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  Pray each day for the individuals of your church congregation as well as the body of believers who meet there.  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 each day praying about how God describes who Jesus is through the gospel of John.  With that in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks.

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: The Gate.  Pray that you would recognize Jesus as the gate that must be entered through in order to be saved.  “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.”  John 10:9

Tuesday: The Good Shepherd.  Pray that you would always know Jesus as the good shepherd who laid down his life to protect you from the judgment to come.  “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  John 10:11

Wednesday: The Way.  Pray that you would follow Jesus fully as the way in which you should go.  “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”  John 14:6

Thursday: The Truth.  Pray that you would know Jesus as complete truth.  “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”  John 14:6

Friday: The Life.  Pray that you would have life itself through your relationship with Jesus who is life.  “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”  John 14:6

SaturdayThe True Vine.  Pray that you would remain attached to Jesus as the true vine that provides the life and nourishment that you need.  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.”  John 15:1

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Jesus (Week 1)

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: Jesus!

But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Matthew 16:15

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 

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 begin a two-week series of praying about who Jesus is, or should be, in our life.  Over the two weeks we will be using many of the titles/descriptions of Jesus found in the gospel of John.  As you are growing in the practice of prayer, I also encourage you to grow in the practice of journaling your prayers, your requests, your praises, and make note of how you see God working in each.   As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  Pray each day for the individuals of the church congregation you attend as well as the body of believers who meet there.  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 each day praying about how God describes who Jesus is through the gospel of John.  With that in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks.

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: Lamb of God.  Pray that you would know Jesus as the Lamb of God who was sacrificed to pay for your sin.  “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'”  John 1:29

Tuesday: Son of God.  Pray that the presence of Jesus in your life causes you to testify that He is God’s Son.  “I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”  John 1:34

Wednesday: Messiah.  Pray that you would both believe and tell others that Jesus is the anointed one that God has promised.  “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ).”  John 1:41

Thursday: Son of Man.  Pray that you would recognize the depth of understanding God has of you through the role of Jesus as the Son of Man.  “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”  John 1:51

Friday: Bread of Life.  Pray that you would be filled with the life-sustaining bread that is Jesus.  “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.'”  John 6:35

SaturdayLight of the World.  Pray that you would constantly walk in the light that is Jesus as you follow Him with each step you take.  “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”  John 8:12

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Turn To God!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: Turn To God!

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 
2 Chronicles 7:14

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 

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 pray about turning to God as we humble our self, pray, and seek His face.  As you pray, allow God to change you to be more like Jesus each day.   As you are growing in the practice of prayer, I also encourage you to grow in the practice of journaling your prayers, your requests, your praises, and make note of how you see God working in each.   As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  

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 how God would have you respond to that day’s “turn to God” focus.  With that in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks.

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: With A Whole Heart.  Pray that you would turn to God with your whole heart as you obey His commands.  “If you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Deuteronomy 30:10

Tuesday: In Worship. Pray that your remembering God’s work in your life would lead you to turn to Him in worship.  “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him.”  Psalm 22:27

Wednesday: For Healing.  Pray that you would turn to God in every life situation where healing is needed.  “They will turn to the LORD, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.”  Isaiah 19:22

Thursday: For Salvation.  Pray that you would always turn to God for your salvation, understanding that there is no other way.  “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”  Isaiah 45:22

Friday: For Mercy.  Pray for the courage to turn to God for mercy when His Spirit convicts you of wicked ways and evil thoughts.  “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”  Isaiah 55:7

Saturday In Repentance.  Pray that you would turn to God in a manner that shows a complete change of direction because of your faith in Him.  “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”  Acts 20:21

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Turn From . . . !

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: Turn From . . .!

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 
2 Chronicles 7:14

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 

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 pray about turning away from some things that God categorizes as “wicked ways”.  As you pray, seek God’s face as He instructs you on things to turn away from.   As you are growing in the practice of prayer, I also encourage you to grow in the practice of journaling your prayers, your requests, your praises, and make note of how you see God working in each.   As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  

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 how God would have you respond to that day’s “turn from” focus.  With that in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks. 

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: Worthless Things.  Pray that God would help you to turn away from the worthless things in your life that continue to receive the worship He deserves.  “We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God.”  Acts 14:15

Tuesday: Darkness.  Pray that you would allow Jesus to fill you with His light so you may turn from all deeds of darkness.  “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God.”  Acts 26:18

Wednesday: Godless Chatter.  Pray that you would pay close attention to what you hear and say,  deliberately turning  from godless chatter.  “Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge.”  1 Timothy 6:20

Thursday: Wickedness.  Pray that you would turn from all wickedness so that your confessing the name of the Lord would bring Him glory.  “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”  2 Timothy 2:19

Friday: Error.  Pray that you would be open to correction in order to turn from any error that you may be following.  “Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”  James 5:20

SaturdayEvil.  Pray that you would live above reproach and turn from all evil, and all appearances of evil, in order to exalt the great name of Jesus.  “He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.”  1 Peter 3:11

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Speech!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: Speech!

We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”  
  James 3:2

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 

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 pray about our speech and the way we use our words.  As you are growing in the practice of prayer, I also encourage you to grow in the practice of journaling your prayers, your requests, your praises, and make note of how you see God working in each.   As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  

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 speech.  With that in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks.

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: Gracious Speech.  Pray about the connection God makes between a pure heart, gracious speech, and those you are friends with.  “He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.”  Psalm 22:11

Tuesday: Powerful Speech.  Pray that you would recognize that speech with real power comes from God and His Word.  “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.”  Acts 7:22

Wednesday: Truthful Speech.  Pray that your speech is always truthful so that the power of God is heard in it.  “. . . in truthful speech and in the power of God . . .”  2 Corinthians 6:7

Thursday: Excel in Speech.  Pray that the quality of your speech would be noted as something you excel in.  “But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us — see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”  2 Corinthians 8:7

Friday: Exemplary Speech.  Pray that the example you set in your speech would cause others to look up to you.  “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”  1 Timothy 4:12

SaturdaySound Speech.  Pray that your speech would be considered sound and above reproach so that no accusation would have cause to stick.  “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 2:8

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: PRAYER!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: PRAYER!

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  
  2 Chronicles 7:13-14

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 

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 look the instructions given to Solomon for God’s people to know how to return to Him when they have strayed.  As you are growing in the practice of prayer, I also encourage you to grow in the practice of journaling your prayers, your requests, your praises, and make note of how you see God working in each.   

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.  With that in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks. 

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: Pursue.  Spend time with God considering, even writing out, what it would look like for you to pursue God wholeheartedly.  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:13

Tuesday: Repent.  As you pray, listen for God to reveal not just actions but even thoughts for which you need to turn to Him in repentance.   “Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.”  Acts 8:22

Wednesday: Act.  Spend the necessary time listening to God so that your prayers result in God-led action.  “If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”  James 2:16

Thursday: Yield.  Empty yourself daily of  your will so that the focus of your prayers would be fully yielded to God.  “He went away a second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.'”  Matthew 26:42

Friday: Encourage.  Pray that you would be filled with, and share, encouragement as you cry out to God as a way of life.  “You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.”  Psalm 10:17

SaturdayRejoice!  Recognize, and rejoice, in the greatness of God being found by all who would seek Him.  “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.”  Psalm 105:3

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Purpose of Proverbs!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: Purpose of Proverbs!

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:  for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young”  
Proverbs 1:1-4

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 

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 look at the introduction to the book of Proverbs and pray about the things God says we are to learn from them.  As you pray, spend some time with God each day in the book of Proverbs.   As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  

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 how you will use the book of Proverbs God has given us.  With that focus in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks.  Thank you!

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: Gaining Wisdom & Discipline.  Pray that you would seek, and value, the wisdom and discipline found in God’s word.  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”  Proverbs 1:7

Tuesday: Understanding Words of Insight.  Pray that your relationship with God would grow as you learn from the words of insight He gave Solomon.  “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”  1 Kings 4:29

Wednesday: Instruction of Prudent Behavior.  Pray that God’s word would instruct you in ways that are prudent as you avoid deception.  “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.”  Proverbs 14:8

Thursday: Doing What is Right, Just, & Fair.  Pray that your time in Proverbs would guide you on paths that are right, just, and fair.  “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair — every good path.”  Proverbs 2:9

Friday: Give Prudence to the Simple.  Pray that God’s word would give you prudence and understanding when you feel it is out of your reach.  “You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.”  Proverbs 8:5

SaturdayGive Knowledge & Discretion to the Young.  Pray that you would use God’s word to fill you with knowledge and discretion beyond what you have gained through years of life.  “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.”  Proverbs 8:12

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Responding To God’s Love!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: Responding To God’s Love!

“You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words.  I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.  I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.  I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.  Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.  At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.” 
Psalm 119:57-62

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 

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 our prayer focus will be based on Psalm 119:57-62 as we consider our response to God’s love.  As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  

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 your response to God’s love.  With that focus in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks.  Thank you!

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: Obey God’s Words.  Pray that having the LORD as your God would cause you to not only make, but keep a promise to obey His words.  “You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words.”  Psalm 119:57

Tuesday: Seek God’s Face.  Pray that God’s graciousness is known by you as you seek His face wholeheartedly.  “I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.”  Psalm 119:58

Wednesday: Walk In God’s Ways.  Pray that an examination of your ways would direct your walk to follow the ways of God.  “I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.”  Psalm 119:59

Thursday: Obey God’s Commands.  Pray that your life would be emptied of excuses so that you would promptly obey the commands of God.  “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.”  Psalm 119:60

Friday: Remember God’s Law.  Pray that the distractions of the world we live in would never keep you from remembering the law of God.  “Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.”  Psalm 119:61

SaturdayThankful for God’s Righteousness.  Pray that words of thanksgiving would always be on your lips for the righteousness that God has expressed in His laws  “At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.”  Psalm 119:62

 

Lifestyle of Prayer: Listen!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer” 

 This week’s prayer focus: Listen!

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,  for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”  
James 1:19-20 

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 

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 focus on around the subject of Listening.  Some might say that listening has become a lost art.  However, if you study what the Bible says about listening, you will find that mankind has never done very well at it.  As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  

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 God’s call to be one who would listen.  With that focus in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks.  Thank you!

Sunday: Pray for Tom Lemler and the work God is doing through Impact Prayer Ministry.

Monday: With Understanding.  Pray that God would   give you understanding as you listen so that you hear what is meant as well as what is said.  “Jesus called the crowd to him and said, ‘Listen and understand.’”  Matthew 15:10

Tuesday: For Reconciliation.  Pray for the strength and courage to listen in the midst of conflict so that reconciliation is possible.  “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”  Matthew 18:15

Wednesday: To the Son.  Pray that you would understand the importance that God places on you actually listening to His Son.  “A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.’”  Luke 9:35

Thursday: Patiently.  Pray that you would always listen with patience and that those you share the gospel with would also listen patiently.  “. . . and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.”  Acts 26:3

Friday: Eagerly.  Pray that you would learn to listen first to God, and to others, when your tendency may be to speak without hearing what is being said.  “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  James 1:19

SaturdayFor Instruction.  Pray that your listening has purpose — that you put into practice the things God says to do.  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  James 1:22