Lifestyle of Prayer: Great Joy!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Great Joy!

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.”
Matthew 2:10 (NKJV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on living with great joy.  Many times it is the intensity of our longing or search for something that is reflected in the joy we are able to express.  For the Magi, it was seeing the star once again which prompted their great joy — the star they had first seen in the east which prompted their long journey to find the King it represented.  Our seeking of God ought to fill us with great joy because He promises to be found when we seek Him with our whole heart.  As you pray this week, join with the Magi in rejoicing “with exceedingly great joy” because you have experienced the light of Jesus in your life.  Pray that you would know and share the true joy of the Christmas season as you celebrate the work Jesus came to do in your life.  Pray for the courage to be filled with great joy in the midst of circumstances which are difficult to rejoice in.  Pray for a contagious joy that helps comfort those who see little to rejoice about.  Pray that you would be diligent in searching for the light of Jesus and in being the light of Jesus so that His joy would abound.  Pray for wisdom in sharing the great joy that God has put within you.  Pray that your expressions of joy would help others see Jesus more clearly.  Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole.  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 fill you with His great joy.

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: Great Joy That Is For Everyone.  Pray that you would know the fullness of God’s joy meant for you.  Pray that you would take to heart the message of the angel that the good news of Jesus is meant to be for all people.  Pray that fear would not keep you from experiencing the great joy found in Jesus.  “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  Luke 2:10 (NIV)

Tuesday: Great Joy From Worshiping God.  Pray that your times of worshiping God would fill you with great joy.  Pray that the joy you experience through your times of worship and pursuing God would fill you wherever you go.  Pray that the joy of worship would go with you each day that you live.  “Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.”  Luke 24:52 (NIV)

Wednesday: Great Joy That Spreads.  Pray that the work of God in your life would help there to be great joy all around you.  Pray that your community would experience great joy as the people embrace the transforming power of God to rescue them.  Pray that you would be a part of bringing the joy of Jesus to your city.  “So there was great joy in that city.”  Acts 8:8 (NIV)

Thursday: Great Joy Through the Love of Others.  Pray that you would know the joy that comes from the encouragement of others.  Pray that the love you express to others would fill them with great joy.  “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”  Philemon 1:7 (NIV)

Friday: Great Joy From Fruitful Work.  Pray that the work you do in sharing the good news of Jesus would bring you great joy as it bears much fruit.  Pray that the people who taught you about Jesus would be filled with great joy because of your faithfulness to the truth of who He is.  “It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.”  3 John 1:3 (NIV)

SaturdayPresented Before God With Great Joy.  Pray that you would trust God to hold you and prepare you to be presented before Him with great joy.  Pray that you would help others to know the faithfulness of Jesus to present them before God with great joy.  “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.”  Jude 1:24 (NIV)

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Lifestyle of Prayer: Forgiveness!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Forgiveness!

“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”
Psalm 32:1-2 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on forgiveness.  I suspect that there may be no act more powerful in all the world than forgiveness.  Even “the greatest of these”, love, is only as powerful as the forgiveness it gives and receives.  In fact, in the greatest love story ever told God sends His Son to earth in order to “save His people from their sins” by making a way for forgiveness of sins to take place.  The blessing of having our transgressions forgiven is a blessing that we ought to be intentional about sharing with others.  God’s Word makes it clear that we are to forgive others just as we have been forgiven.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you grasp just how much you are in need of His forgiveness and how complete that forgiveness is.  Pray about how you will extend that same amount of forgiveness to the people around you.  Pray that God would reveal to you, and help you to deal with, any areas of unforgiveness that you might be harboring.  Pray for the courage to find freedom in the process of forgiving just as you have been forgiven.  Pray for those who believe that forgiveness is not possible, that they would find forgiveness is possible through Jesus Christ.  Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole.  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 forgive and be forgiven.

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: Forgiveness For God’s Glory.  Pray that the forgiveness you receive would lead you to glorify God.  Pray that the people around you would know the forgiveness of sins that brings glory to God.  Pray that your willingness to forgive others would honor God.  “Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.”  Psalm 79:9 (NIV)

Tuesday: Forgiveness Given and Received.  Pray that your desire to receive forgiveness would lead you to be more willing to offer forgiveness.  Pray that the forgiveness you give would be such that you would be comfortable in asking God to forgive you just as you forgive others.  “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”  Matthew 6:14 (NIV)

Wednesday: Forgiveness By God’s Authority.  Pray that you would recognize God’s authority to forgive sins no matter how “unforgiveable” you think a sin may be.  Pray that God’s authority to forgive sins would also lead you to realize His authority to require you to forgive others.  “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….”  Matthew 9:6 (NIV)

Thursday: Forgiveness Which Comes From Great Love.  Pray that God’s forgiveness of your sins would be reflected in the greatness of your love for Him.  Pray that you would know, and live, the love which “covers a multitude of sins.”  “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”  Luke 7:47 (NIV)

Friday: Forgiveness Through Repentance and Baptism.  Pray that you would know the importance God has given to repentance and baptism in His offer of forgiveness.  Pray that your desire to receive the gift of God’s Spirit would lead you to obey His commands.  “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”  Acts 2:38 (NIV)

SaturdayForgiveness Through the Blood of Jesus.  Pray that you would willingly accept the payment Jesus made for your sins as you seek His forgiveness.  Pray that you would never lose sight of the price paid by Jesus for the forgiveness you and I are in desperate need of.  “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  Matthew 26:28 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Living As Wise!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Living As Wise!

“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  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.  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Ephesians 5:15-21 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on living as one who is wise.  Whenever the Bible talks about wisdom, it generally addresses our application of God’s Word rather than an accumulation of knowledge about it.  This week we will be praying about some areas that we ought to look at in our life as we desire to live as one who is wise.  Most people know of many of the “thou shalt not” parts of the Bible, and living as wise requires that we pay attention to those, but wisdom demands that we learn from God what to do in place of the things that we should not do.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you see what wisdom would look like in your life each day.  Pray for the courage to put aside every hint of evil as you seek to live as one who is wise.  Pray that you would make yourself available to God in order for Him to transform you from the inside out.  Pray that your life would be so filled with God’s wisdom that there would be no room for any of the evil the world wants you to accept.  Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole.  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 one who is wise according to His standard.

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: Be Wise In Every Opportunity.  Pray that you would use God’s wisdom to see every opportunity that He places before you.  Pray that you would not let the evil around you keep you from using every opportunity to represent Jesus well to the people around you that need to know of His love.  “Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  Ephesians 5:16 (NIV)

Tuesday: Be Wise In Understanding God’s Will.  Pray that God’s Spirit would lead you in understanding His will through His Word.  Pray that you would set aside the foolishness of this world as you seek to know and practice the will of God.  Pray that your understanding of God’s will would lead you to do it.  “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”  Ephesians 5:17 (NIV)

Wednesday: Be Wise In What Fills You.  Pray that you would recognize God’s Spirit living within you a part of His gift that He has promised to you.  Pray that you would be mindful to not fill your life with things that control you as you make room for God’s Spirit to fill you.  “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”  Ephesians 5:18 (NIV)

Thursday: Be Wise In Your Worship.  Pray that you would be wise in both the way you worship God with others and the way you worship Him when you are alone.  Pray that your worship of God would overflow into your interactions with the people around you.  “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”  Ephesians 5:19 (NIV)

Friday: Be Wise In Your Thankfulness.  Pray for the wisdom to see all things through a heart of gratitude as you thank God for what He has done, is doing, and will do.  Pray that God would help you find ways to be thankful even when you are not feeling very grateful about a given circumstance.  “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Ephesians 5:20 (NIV)

SaturdayBe Wise In Your Submission.  Pray that you would have the wisdom to know Jesus as the source and example of all godly submission.  Pray for the humility and submission necessary to submit to others because of your reverence for Christ.  Pray that you would never view your submission, or the submission of others, as an excuse for people to be treated poorly.  “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  Ephesians 5:21 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Perseverance!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Perseverance!

“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
James 1:4 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on perseverance.  In a world that is always in a hurry, perseverance can be a rare and little sought characteristic in our life.  God not only wants us to persevere, He wants us to find purpose and joy in doing so.  God promises an eternal reward not to those who are just faithful, but to those who are faithful to the end.  Perseverance is the quality that keeps us pursuing God even when the going gets tough.  It is through those tough times that God works to mature us into the people He knows we ought to be because it is who He created us to be.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you not to give up.  Pray that you would look ahead to the end result of perseverance as  you struggle through the daily difficulty of life.  Pray that you would not be the cause of someone wanting to give up.  Pray for the humility needed to look past the criticism and doubts of others so that you can see the eternal value of perseverance as you seek to live a life that is faithful to the end.  Pray that the people around you would be encouraged by your words and actions to persevere in their faith and pursuit of God.  Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole.  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 persevere through every circumstance so that you do not become weary in doing good.

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: Perseverance that Produces.  Pray that you would have a good and noble heart that readily accepts the Word of God.  Pray that you would give God’s Word time to grow and produce a crop in your life and in the lives of others.  “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”  Luke 8:15 (NIV)

Tuesday: Perseverance In Suffering.  Pray that you would know the value of perseverance to such an extent that you would rejoice in the things that produces it in you.  Pray that you would help others grow in their faith as they see the sufferings of life producing perseverance in you.  “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance.”  Romans 5:3 (NIV)

Wednesday: Perseverance Because of Love.  Pray that you would pursue a greater love that helps you to always persevere.  Pray that the people around you would know more of God’s love as they see it in you.  Pray that God would fill you with a love that perseveres even among those you find unlovable.  “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”  1 Corinthians 13:7 (NIV)

Thursday: Perseverance Which Gets Noticed.  Pray that you would be encouraged in your faith as you observe the perseverance of others.  Pray that you would find ways for the difficulties you face in life to be an example to others of godly perseverance.  “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”  2 Thessalonians 1:4 (NIV)

Friday: Perseverance In Life and Doctrine.  Pray that you would pay close attention to what you believe and how you do life.  Pray that nothing would sway you from living a godly life that holds fast to the teachings of Jesus.  “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”  1 Timothy 4:16 (NIV)

SaturdayPerseverance that Is Rewarded.  Pray that you would not lose sight of the eternal reward promised to those who persevere in doing God’s will.  Pray that you would help others know the importance of seeking and doing the will of God in all circumstances.  “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”  Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Thanksgiving!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Thanksgiving!

“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 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on thanksgiving.  While my neighbors to the north in Canada celebrated Thanksgiving a short time ago and my neighbors in the country I live in will celebrate Thanksgiving this week, 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.  Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole.  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 fill you with an attitude of gratitude as you live a lifestyle of prayer and thanksgiving.

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: Give 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.  “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High.”  Psalm 50:14 (NIV)

Tuesday: Give 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.  “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”  Psalm 69:30 (NIV)

Wednesday: Give 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 “among the nations” 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)

Thursday: Give 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)

Friday: Give 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.  “We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.”  1 Thessalonians 1:2 (NIV)

SaturdayGive 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.  “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)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Service!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Service!

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 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 4:11-13 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on our call to service.  While it can be easy to look to those with specific gifts as the ones who ought to be involved in serving others, God says their role is to prepare each of us for works of service.  Granted, their responsibility to prepare others doesn’t exclude them from serving as well, but their service ought to be alongside those they are preparing — not in place of it.  Whoever you are, if you are God’s child, He has service for you to do in His kingdom.  You are most like Jesus when you choose to “be servant of all” rather than seeking to be served.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in your desire to serve.  Pray that you would listen to those God has sent to prepare you more fully.  Pray that you would faithfully serve those whom God has sent you to for the purpose of helping to prepare them.  Pray for the courage and humility to serve others as one serving the Lord.  Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole.  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 choose to serve others as you serve Him.

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: Service That You Are Ready For.  Pray that you would make the preparations necessary to be ready for service.  Pray that you would shine brightly with the love of Jesus as you make the most of every opportunity to serve people.  “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning.”  Luke 12:35 (NIV)

Tuesday: Service Which Is a Privilege.  Pray that you would be able to see service to others as  “get to” rather than a “have to”.  Pray that you would eagerly look for opportunities to help others who are involved in serving people.  “They urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.”  2 Corinthians 8:4 (NIV)

Wednesday: Service Which Supplies Needs.  Pray that you would notice opportunities to serve that actually supplies the needs of people.  Pray for service which is meaningful in supplying the needs of one another.  “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”  2 Corinthians 9:12 (NIV)

Thursday: Service Which Brings Praise to God.  Pray that your character would be proved by your works of service.  Pray that your heart and attitude displayed through your service would lead people to give praise to God.  “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God.”  2 Corinthians 9:13 (NIV)

Friday: Service Appointed By God.  Pray that you would serve according to the strength of Christ within you.  Pray that you would serve faithfully as you acknowledge God’s calling in your life and His appointment of you as one who serves.  “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.”  1 Timothy 1:12 (NIV)

SaturdayService That Is Known By God.  Pray that you would not become weary in serving others as you remember that God knows everything about the service you give on His behalf.  Pray that you would continually grow in both the depth and quantity of the service you do for God.  “I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.”  Revelation 2:19 (NIV)

Bonus Prayer Focus:  Pray for Impact Prayer Ministry as I have a display set up at the International Conference on Missions this week.

Lifestyle of Prayer: Wise Choices!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Wise Choices!

“To [those] who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant — to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.”
Isaiah 56:4-5 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on our need to make wise choices.  We live in a culture that wants us to believe that our choices should always reflect whatever benefits us the most or what we want the most — regardless of whether such a choice honors God and reflects the character of Jesus in our life.  Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to make a name for our self that we miss out on the name that God wants us to have.  Our choices ought to be the ones that please God as we hold fast to Him even in the midst of our shortcomings and insecurities.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the choices you make.  Pray that you would seek to honor God in all of your choices.  Pray for the courage to make choices that please God and pray for wisdom to know what pleases Him.  Pray for a focus in your choices that looks beyond the temporary satisfaction offered in this world and can gaze into the eternal reward that God gives.  Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole.  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 make wise choices.

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: Choose Life.  Pray that you would understand the choice of life and death which stands before you each day.  Pray for the courage to choose the life offered by God.  Pray that you would honor the choice of life for those who need someone to stand for them.  “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”  Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

Tuesday: Choose to Serve the Lord.  Pray that you would recognize that serving is mandatory, who you serve is your choice.  Pray that serving the Lord would be most desirable to you.  Pray that you would daily choose to serve the Lord.  “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

Wednesday: Choose Instruction & Knowledge.  Pray that you would learn to choose the things of true value.  Pray that you would be teachable as you choose instruction.  Pray that God would help you to apply the instruction you receive so that you would grow in knowledge.  “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold.”  Proverbs 8:10 (NIV)

Thursday: Choose Wisdom & Understanding.  Pray that you would not weary yourself pursuing things that the world values.  Pray that God would give you the wisdom you need for every situation.  Pray that you would choose a life of understanding as you apply the wisdom God provides.  “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!”  Proverbs 16:16 (NIV)

Friday: Choose What Is Right.  Pray that you would look to God in order to know the difference between what is right and wrong.  Pray that you would have the courage to reject the things which are wrong.  Pray for the strength to choose what God says is right.  “He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.”  Isaiah 7:15 (NIV)

SaturdayChoose Spirit-Filled Leaders & Workers.  Pray that you would look for a God-given Spirit and wisdom in the leaders you help choose.  Pray that you would be both a leader and worker who values wisdom and God’s Spirit more than the things of the world.  “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them.”  Acts 6:3 (NIV)