Lifestyle of Prayer: A New Resolve!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

A New Resolve!

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Philippians 3:12 NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living with a new, or renewed, resolve.  Sometimes we make new and right commitments but we lack the resolve to follow through as we ought.  God’s desire is that we set our eyes on things above and press on with a resolve to never give up.  Living with a new resolve equips us to follow through with our commitment to the things of God.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you know the things that you need to work on and to give you the resolve to press on in those matters.  Pray that you would never lose sight of the goal of growing in relationship with Jesus.  Pray for the courage to take your commitments to a higher level as you resolve to be transformed into the image of Jesus.  Pray for a growing desire to remain steadfast in sharing the good news of Jesus in every opportunity God gives you.

“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 pray each day for God’s help in crying out to Him with a new resolve.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayA New Resolve To Press On.  Pray that you would be able to filter out the entanglements of your past that would keep you from pressing on.  Pray that you would keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and His heavenward calling as you live with a greater resolve to press on.  “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal.”  Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

TuesdayA New Resolve To Seek God.  Pray that you would be convicted of a need to seek God in all things.  Pray that your resolve to seek God would be something you take very seriously.  Pray that you would allow God to lead you into times dedicated to seeking Him with no distractions.  “Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.”  2 Chronicles 20:3 (NIV)

WednesdayA New Resolve To Purity of Speech.  Pray for a heart that is willingly opened to God for His examination and purification.  Pray that your heart would be filled with the presence of God so that no sin would be found in what overflows through your mouth.  “Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.”  Psalm 17:3 (NIV)

ThursdayA New Resolve To Purity of Body.   Pray for the courage to resist peer pressure when it comes to living with purity.  Pray for wisdom to see through the temptations the world deems as acceptable.  Pray for a greater resolve to remain pure.  “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”  Daniel 1:8 (NIV)

FridayA New Resolve To Know Christ.  Pray that your resolve to know Christ would be the pinnacle of the things you desire.  Pray that a knowledge of Christ would be the foundation for the way you interact with others.  Pray that Jesus would be the one thing you find most important to share with the people you spend time with.  “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  1 Corinthians 2:2 (NIV)

SaturdayA New Resolve To Lift Up One Another.  Pray that you would grow in your awareness of how easy it is to stumble.  Pray that everything you do would lift up people rather than be a stumbling block to them.  Pray that you would carefully guard your words and actions so they would help others rather than harm them.  “Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”  Romans 14:13 (NKJV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A New Commitment!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

A New Commitment!

“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.  Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”
Revelation 3:2-3 NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living with a new, or renewed, commitment.  In the parable of the sower, we read of people who receive the Word of God and it grows in their life only to be choked out by the cares of the world.  In a time filled with many distractions and cares, it is critical that we examine our deeds and cry out to God with a new commitment.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you notice when you become distracted.  Pray that your commitment to God and to the fellowship of believers would be made new each day.  Pray that you would live in such a way that others would know the value of crying out to God with a new commitment.  Pray that your new commitment would result in deeds which are complete in the sight of God.

“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 pray each day for God’s help in crying out to Him with a new commitment.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayA New Commitment During Suffering.  Pray that you would choose to turn to God when life turns difficult.  Pray that your commitment to a faithful God would lead you to continue doing good in the midst of suffering.  Pray that God’s faithfulness would sustain you when times are good and when times are not so good.  “So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.”  1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)

TuesdayA New Commitment To Obedience.  Pray that your commitment to God would be seen in the way you choose to obey His Word.  Pray for the courage to live with a heart fully committed to God.  Pray that the people around you would know you as one who obeys God in all things.  “But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands.”  1 Kings 8:61 (NIV)

WednesdayA New Commitment To God’s Word.  Pray that your commitment to God and His Word would be based on the grace that He freely offers.  Pray that you would grow in extending grace to others as you are built up by the grace of God’s Word.  “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”  Acts 20:32 (NIV)

ThursdayA New Commitment That Leads To Righteousness.   Pray that you would live with a commitment that results in God’s righteousness shining through you.  Pray that the righteousness found in Christ would lead you in paths of true justice.  “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”  Psalm 37:5-6 (NIV)

FridayA New Commitment To the God of Truth.  Pray that your commitment to God would always be based on truth.  Pray that your pursuit of truth would always be based on God as the source of truth.  Pray that you would know and share the redemption that is available to all through the truth of God.  “Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.”  Psalm 31:5 (NIV)

SaturdayA New Commitment In All Your Ways.  Pray that you would seek God’s help in examining your motives.  Pray that your commitment to God in all of your ways would result in plans which are successful by His standards.  Pray for a heart which is committed to keeping God at the center of everything you do.  “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.  Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”  Proverbs 16:2-3 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Being Renewed!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

Being Renewed!

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.”
Isaiah 40:30 NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about being renewed.  Even after we have received new life in Christ, we have times when we “grow tired and weary”.  It is in these times we have God’s promise that we can be renewed as we put our hope in Him.  As we live our life in Christ, He desires to renew us in every way possible.  When we stumble and fall, we can be picked up by God and set on the right path again.  Our hope in God is not in vain when we allow Him to renew us through all of our weaknesses into His strength.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you recognize and admit where you are weak.  Pray that you would fully place your hope in Him so that you would be renewed.  Pray that even your faith would be renewed in times when it becomes weak.  Pray that God’s renewal in  your life would lead you to greater endurance as you live each day for Him.

“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 pray each day for God’s help in being renewed as you live your life in Christ.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayRenewed Even In Death.  Pray that you would live this life with an eye toward an eternal renewal that is to come.  Pray that the promise of being renewed after death would give you great hope in the midst of the difficult days of life.  Pray that your hope would be shared with others so they would know of a renewal to come.  “If a man dies, will he live again?  All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.”  Job 14:14 (NIV)

TuesdayRenewed In Spirit.  Pray that the pure heart God creates in you would renew your spirit each day.  Pray for a patient endurance that comes from a renewed spirit within you.  Pray that the people around  you would see a purity in you that comes from a renewed spirit.  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

WednesdayRenewed In Mind.  Pray that your mind would be guarded from conforming to the patterns of this world.  Pray for a submissive spirit that allows a renewed mind to transform your thoughts and actions.  Pray that your life would help others desire to live with a renewed mind.  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  Romans 12:2 (NIV)

ThursdayRenewed Each Day.   Pray that the things God is renewing within you each day would be enough to help you through any circumstances.  Pray that this daily renewal would keep you from losing heart and giving up.  Pray that your life would help others know they can experience God’s renewal.  “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”  2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

FridayRenewed In Truth.  Pray that your speaking, and listening, to truth would renew within you a knowledge that is from God.  Pray that you would know the truth of God’s renewal in your life even as you live as a new creation.  “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”  Colossians 3:9-10 (NIV)

SaturdayRenewed By the Holy Spirit.  Pray that you would know the true source of any lasting renewal to be found through God’s Spirit.  Pray that you would experience a renewal by the Holy Spirit because of God’s mercy in your life.  “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”  Titus 3:5 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A Time to Remember!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

A Time to Remember!

“And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”
2 Peter 1:15  NIV)

As we prepare to finish another year it is a good time to pause and remember some things that God would have us never forget.  While we each have events take place which seem like they will be forever etched in our mind, experience says that without a consistent reminder we will likely forget most of those memorable events.  For this reason, God is constantly calling us to remember as He gives us reminders and memorials to help us do so.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you understand your own weaknesses and seek His help in remembering the things that are of utmost importance.  Pray that you would pass along to others the things that God has done in and through your life.  Pray that the reminders of God’s work in the past would give you great confidence and hope regarding His work now and in the future.  Pray for the wisdom needed to hold on to that which ought to be remembered and to let go of the things would hinder your life in Christ.

“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 pray each day for God’s help in remembering the things which have real importance.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayA Time to Remember Through Worship.  Pray that all of your times of seeking God would remind you of the need to worship Him for He is worthy.  Pray that you would fill your mind with songs that help you remember the things of the Lord.  Pray that the people around you would be lifted up by the way you worship God.  “I remembered my songs in the night.  My heart mused and my spirit inquired.” Psalm 77:6 (NIV)

TuesdayA Time to Remember God’s Deeds and Miracles.  Pray that you would not forget the mighty works of God from days of long ago, nor from your own days.  Pray that your remembrance of God’s work would help you grow in faith.  Pray that the people around you would hear of the mighty works of God from you.  “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” Psalm 77:11 (NIV)

WednesdayA Time to Remember God’s Laws.  Pray that you would find comfort in remembering the laws of God.  Pray that your path each day would be lived according to the laws of God.  Pray that the people around you would know you as one who remembers God’s laws because they see you keeping them.  “I remember your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.”  Psalm 119:52 (NIV)

ThursdayA Time to Remember God’s Name.  Pray that God’s name would always be on your mind as He draws you to follow His ways.  Pray that a remembrance of God’s name would lead you to honor that name with your life in everything you do.  Pray that the people around you would see you as keeping God’s name holy.  “In the night I remember your name, O LORD, and I will keep your law.”  Psalm 119:55 (NIV)

FridayA Time to Remember God’s Warnings.  Pray that you would remember the warnings of Jesus when trouble comes so that you are prepared to trust Him.  Pray that the people around you would remember both the promises and warnings of God.  “I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.”  John 16:4 (NIV)

Saturday:  A Time to Remember The Lord’s Sacrifice.  Pray that you would always take the Lord’s Supper seriously as you remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  Pray that you would value the reminder God has given us about the sacrifice of Jesus.  Pray about how your participation in the Lord’s Supper will proclaim His death, and resurrection, until He comes.  “And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’” 1 Corinthians 11:24 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Pursuing Peace (Week Two)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

Pursuing Peace!
(Week Two)

“He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.”
1 Peter 3:11 (NIV)

While many will gather at Christmas time and sing of “peace on earth, goodwill toward men”, for many the stresses of life make this season anything but peaceful.  Whether you think you need it or not, we can all use a gentle reminder that God wants His children to pursue peace.  It seems nearly everyone loves the idea of peace, but few actually obtain it because we want peace according to our definition and standards rather than God’s.  As you pray this week, 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.  Pay attention to any changes and/or actions God would be calling you to make that would lead you to a more deliberate pursuit of peace.  Pray that the way you pursue peace would help others to have a greater peace with God and with one another.  Pray for wisdom in pursuing peace in ways that are good and right without compromising the integrity and truth of God’s Word.

“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 pray each day for a life in Christ which pursues peace.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayPursuing Peace With Everyone.  Pray for a desire to pursue peace with everyone to the best of your ability.  Pray for the wisdom needed to know how to pursue peace with everyone.  Pray for courage to choose peace whenever possible.  Pray that the peace you choose would be contagious.  “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”  Romans 12:18 (NIV)

TuesdayPursuing Peace With Effort.  Pray that peace would be a priority in your life that is worthy of your effort.  Pray that your pursuit of peace would build up everyone you encounter.  Pray for the strength to continually work at peace.  Pray that your efforts would lead to peace for yourself and others.  “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”  Romans 14:19 (NIV)

WednesdayPursuing the Peace of God’s Presence.  Pray for a unity among believers that will help each one to live in peace.  Pray that God’s peace would be evident to others.  Pray that a growing awareness of God’s presence would help you pursue a peace that reflects His love.  “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”  2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)

ThursdayPursuing Spirit Produced Peace.  Pray that peace would be an obvious part of the fruit God’s Spirit is producing in you.  Pray that you would not be a hindrance to peace.  Pray for an abundant harvest of peace as God’s Spirit works in you.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

FridayPursuing Peace Beyond Understanding.  Pray for a growing faith that helps you pursue peace even when it seems impossible.  Pray for the courage needed to pursue peace in times when the world would say peace makes no sense.  Pray that this peace will guard your heart and mind during times of struggle and difficulty.  “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

Saturday:  Pursuing Peace Through Discipline.  Pray that your pursuit of peace would help you to endure the unpleasantness of discipline.  Pray that you would allow God’s discipline in your life to produce a harvest of peace.  Pray that the training you receive at God’s hand would spread peace to others.  “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”  Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Pursuing Peace (Week One)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

Pursuing Peace!
(Week One)

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”
Psalm 34:14 (NIV)

While many will gather at Christmas time and sing of “peace on earth, goodwill toward men”, for many the stresses of life make this season anything but peaceful.  Whether you think you need it or not, we can all use a gentle reminder that God wants His children to pursue peace.  It seems nearly everyone loves the idea of peace, but few actually obtain it because we want peace according to our definition and standards rather than God’s.  As you pray this week, 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.  Pay attention to any changes and/or actions God would be calling you to make that would lead you to a more deliberate pursuit of peace.  Pray that the way you pursue peace would help others to have a greater peace with God and with one another.  Pray for wisdom in pursuing peace in ways that are good and right without compromising the integrity and truth of God’s Word.

“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 pray each day for a life in Christ which pursues peace.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayPursuing the Life of a Peacemaker.   Pray that you would accept just how “God-like” it is to be a peacemaker and that you would put that quality into practice consistently.  Pray that your life as a child of God would lead you to help others be reconciled with Him, and with one another, so they would know true peace.  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”  Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

TuesdayPursuing Peace With One Another.  Pray that you would recognize the importance of being at peace with one another and make the effort to season your surroundings with peace.  Pray that you would pursue peace with others in a way that preserves what is good.   “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”  Mark 9:50 (NIV)

WednesdayPursuing Paths of Peace.  Pray that you would walk on the paths of peace that are illuminated through your relationship with Jesus.  Pray about how your pursuit of peace should change the way you respond to God’s mercy.  “Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”  Luke 1:78-79 (NIV)

ThursdayPursuing Peace Through Surrender.  Pray for the courage to seek peace in all situations on God’s terms.  Pray that you would understand the cost of living in opposition to God and seek peace with Him through total surrender.  “If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.  In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:32-33 (NIV)

FridayPursuing Peace That Overcomes.  Pray for peace in the midst of trouble knowing that Jesus has overcome whatever the world throws at you.  Pray that Jesus would be your refuge in times of trouble so that you would always find peace in Him.  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 (NIV)

Saturday:  Pursuing Peace With God.  Pray that you would never lose sight of how God has provided the way for things to be right between you and Him.  Pray that your faith would be strengthened as you grow in peace with God.  Pray that God will help you to share your faith which has brought you into peace with God.  “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:1 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A Life That Overcomes (Week Two)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

A Life That Overcomes (Week Two)!

“Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Psalm 42:5 (NIV)

This week we finish a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray for a greater confidence in God’s desire and ability to help you overcome even in the midst of life’s difficulties.  Pray that you would be an instrument of God in helping others know that in Christ they can live as one who overcomes.

“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 pray each day for a life in Christ which overcomes the world.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayOvercoming Abandonment.  Pray that you would overcome in a way that gives you a permanent place of belonging with those who are pure.  Pray that you would live with a confidence in a God who will never abandon you.  “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”  Revelation 3:5 (NIV)

TuesdayOvercoming Through Deliberate Praise.  Pray that your hope in God would lead you to praise Him even in the midst of despair.  Pray that your life would be lived in a way that leads others to praise God for the hope He offers.  “Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”  Psalm 43:5 (NIV)

WednesdayOvercoming Wandering.  Pray that you would find a place of belonging as the temple of God so you would have no need to wander away from Him.  “He who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.”  Revelation 3:12 (NIV)

ThursdayOvercoming Through Time With Jesus.  Pray that your despair would lead you to a closer walk with Jesus.  Pray that God’s Word would burn within you as you examine it during times of despair.  “He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’  They stood still, their faces downcast.  They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’”  Luke 24:17, 32 (NIV)

FridayOvercoming Weariness.  Pray that you would overcome everything that would keep you from being able to sit and rest at the throne of Jesus.  Pray that you would find the strength through Christ to persevere with confidence when the troubles of life are many.  “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.”  Revelation 3:21 (NIV)

Saturday:  Overcoming Through the Comfort of Others.  Pray that you would experience the comfort of God through the presence of His people.  Pray that your presence would be a comfort to others who feel downcast for whatever reasons.  Pray that you would notice those who need to be comforted by your presence.  “But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.”  2 Corinthians 7:6 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A Life That Overcomes (Week One)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

A Life That Overcomes (Week One)!

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:7 (NIV)

This week we begin a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray for a greater confidence in God’s desire and ability to help you overcome even in the midst of life’s difficulties.  Pray that you would be an instrument of God in helping others know that in Christ they can live as one who overcomes.

“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 pray each day for a life in Christ which overcomes the world.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayOvercoming the Power of Death.  Pray that you would listen to the message of God’s Spirit as He calls you to overcome in a way that gives victory over death.  Pray for a continued faithfulness that helps you live with confidence in the resurrection.  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.”  Revelation 2:11 (NIV)

TuesdayOvercoming By Doing Right.  Pray that you would accurately examine your life for sin that could be causing your despair.  Pray for the courage to repent of sin and do what is right.  Pray that your life choices would give you confidence in being an overcomer.  “Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?”  Genesis 4:6-7 (NIV)

WednesdayOvercoming Your Past.  Pray that you would feast on the spiritual manna and rejoice in a new name that frees you from your past.  Pray that you would listen to what God says about you being a new creation.  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”  Revelation 2:17 (NIV)

ThursdayOvercoming Through Answered Prayer.  Pray that you would be diligent in going to God in prayer during times of despair.  Pray that God’s faithfulness in answering prayer would lift you from your despair.  “Eli answered, ‘Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.’  She said, ‘May your servant find favor in your eyes.’ Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.”  1 Samuel 1:17-18 (NIV)

FridayOvercoming Oppression.  Pray that you would be faithful in doing God’s will as He empowers you to overcome oppression with His authority.  Pray for a growing obedience to God’s authority.  “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations — ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’ — just as I have received authority from my Father.”  Revelation 2:26-27 (NIV)

Saturday:  Overcoming By Remembering God’s Presence.  Pray that you would be reminded of God’s presence when your despair comes from feelings of being alone.  Pray that the presence of God, which surrounds you everywhere, would lift your soul.  “My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon — from Mount Mizar.”  Psalm 42:6 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A Thankful Life (Week Four)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

A Thankful Life (Week Four)!

“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)

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week and move toward the celebration of Christ’s birth, our thankfulness should not only remain but should grow each day as we consider the gift of Jesus.  Giving thanks really ought to be a lifestyle for God’s children every day that we live.  Our level of thankfulness will say a lot to the people around us who need to know of the hope that is found in Jesus.  This week we will focus on being thankful for the various aspects of the church family.  Each day will emphasize a category of people to pray for that are, or could be, a part of your church family.  Pray specifically for the people you know in each category.  As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  Pray each day for the individuals of the congregation you attend as well as for the gathering of believers throughout your area and around the world.

“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 pray each day for a life that expresses genuine thankfulness.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayThankful For Visitors That Come.  Pray that you would notice visitors and be welcoming.  Pray that visitors would be encouraged to pursue Jesus and grow in connections.  “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.”  Colossians 2:2 (NIV)

TuesdayThankful For Members.  Pray that each member would be growing in faith and equipped to share their faith.  Pray that your involvement in the body of Christ would be an encouragement to others.  “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

WednesdayThankful For Deacons.  Spend time thanking God for deacons who serve with diligence and faithfulness.  Pray that they would receive the respect due them.  Pray for a heart of service to be found in each person whether in a leadership position or not.  “Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.”  1 Timothy 3:8 (NIV)

ThursdayThankful For Elders.  Thank God for elders who desire a noble task.  Pray that their task is made easier by a congregation that lives out a connection with God.  Pray that God would continually raise up and make known those He is preparing to shepherd His flock.  “Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.”  1 Timothy 3:1 (NIV)

FridayThankful For Teachers.  Pray for God’s wisdom and protection for those who teach.  Pray that all teaching would remain true to God’s Word.  Pray for a spirit of humility to continually grow in the lives of all who teach whether they do so formally or informally.  “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”  James 3:1 (NIV)

Saturday:  Thankful For Visitors To Invite.  Pray for those God would have you share your faith with.  Pray for the courage to invite people to attend church with you.  Pray that those you invite would be moved by God to come.  Pray that they would find a welcoming atmosphere that helps them to grow in connection and worship of God.  “Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.”  Matthew 22:9 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: A Thankful Life (Week Three)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

A Thankful Life (Week Three)!

“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 (NIV)

Giving thanks really ought to be a lifestyle for God’s children every day that we live.  Our level of thankfulness will say a lot to the people around us who need to know of the hope that is found in Jesus.  And I might add, the genuineness or lack thereof of our thankfulness will be noticed by many who are watching.  We all go through struggles that test our faith and we may endure things that no one would be thankful for, but it can be in those times that finding ways to give thanks anyway can speak volumes to others.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine your current level of thankfulness.  Pray that you would always look for reasons to give thanks and that you would learn to give thanks even when the reasons seem hidden.  Pray that your faith would grow as you daily practice an attitude of gratitude in your relationships with one another and with God.  Pray that you would find ways to express your thanks to those who need to hear it.

“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 pray each day for a life that expresses genuine thankfulness.

Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayGive Thanks Through Sacrificial Offerings.  Pray that the offering of yourself and your possessions to God would be done with a thankful heart.  Pray that your promises to God would be fulfilled as you give sacrificially.  Pray for a growing generosity that reflects a growing thankfulness in your life.  “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High.”  Psalm 50:14 (NIV)

TuesdayGive Thanks Through Singing.  Pray that you would learn to express your thanks to God through the songs you sing, whether sung privately or publicly.  Pray that God’s name would be lifted up through the music you listen to as well as through the music you share with others.  Pray for a spirit of thankfulness that is expressed.  “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”  Psalm 69:30 (NIV)

WednesdayGive Thanks For What the Lord Has Done.  Pray that you would pay attention to what God has done in your life so that you would give Him thanks for doing so.  Pray that you would use every opportunity you have to thank the Lord so that the people around you would know of His great work.  “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”  Psalm 105:1 (NIV)

ThursdayGive Thanks Which Glorifies God.  Pray that you would live in such a way that your life would lead to an overflowing of thanksgiving which brings glory to God.  Pray that you would know God’s grace and willingly share it with others so that they too would have a reason to be thankful.  “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”  2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)

FridayGive Thanks For One Another.  Pray that you would learn to be thankful for the people God brings into your life.  Pray that your thankfulness for one another would lead you to always remember them in prayer.  Pray about how God would have you express your thankfulness for others to them as well as to Him.  “We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.”  1 Thessalonians 1:2 (NIV)

Saturday:  Give Thanks In All Circumstances.  Pray that you would look for reasons to be thankful in each and ever circumstance you face.  Pray that your desire to be within the will of God would lead you to be a more thankful person.  Pray for a spirit of joy as you grow in thankfulness.  “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)