“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Setting An Example!
“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 (NIV)
Our prayer focus this week is on setting an example in various areas of our life so that no one would have legitimate reasons to look down on us. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who really wants to be looked down upon, but I have encountered many that seemed to do little to keep that from happening — in fact, there are times I’m sure I’ve been one of those. God says that a good way to keep people from looking down on us for superficial reasons is to build a life of godly character. As you pray this week, ask God to help you to accurately examine the example you are currently setting. Pray that you would have the courage to live above reproach in every area of your life. Pray for wisdom in applying God’s Word in ways that make you an example without being pretentious. Pray for the humility needed to help others grow even as you work on your own example. Pray for a spirit of unity among brothers and sisters in Christ as we grow in our love for one another. Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.
“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 to help you live as an example that lifts Him up to others.
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 the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: An Example Beyond Appearances. Pray that your relationship with Jesus would be the most noticeable thing about you. Pray for the courage and humility needed to let Jesus shine through your human weaknesses. “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 (NIV)
Tuesday: An Example In Speech. Pray that the graciousness of your speech would rise above what people might expect. Pray for the wisdom to see how the words you use are heard by people — both people who are similar to you and people who may be very different from you. “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6 (NIV)
Wednesday: An Example In Life. Pray that your life would reveal to others a wisdom and understanding that can only come from God. Pray that you would live with humility in such a way that people would see the hand of God present in the way you live life. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13 (NIV)
Thursday: An Example In Love. Pray that you would know the fullness of God’s love expressed through Jesus Christ so that you would love others with the same fullness. Pray that you would continually grow in the way you express love, using the sacrificial love of Jesus as your example. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” 1 John 3:16 (NIV)
Friday: An Example In Faith. Pray that you would live with a faith that can be seen in what you do. Pray that the things you do each day would be consistent with your expressed faith. Pray that others would see your faith active within your deeds so that they would be encouraged in their faith. “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” James 2:22 (NIV)
Saturday: An Example In Purity. Pray that you would choose actions that are pure and right, even when doing so is not easy. Pray that the value you place on purity would be part of your godly reputation. Pray for the courage to live by a standard God would consider pure rather than settling for the world’s definition of purity. “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” Proverbs 20:11 (NIV)