Lifestyle of Prayer: Thinking About Whatever!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Thinking About Whatever!

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about some things that God says we ought to think about.  How’s your thought life?  Do you realize how important and powerful your thoughts are?  Thoughts become ideas, ideas become actions, actions become habits, and the sum of your habits become your character — who you really are!  This week’s prayer focus is on the “Whatever” kind of things that ought to fill your thought life so that they become your character!  As you pray, ask God to help you take every thought captive as you make each one obedient to Him.  Pray that God’s Spirit would empower you to train your mind so it would think upon the things of God.  Pray that you would be quick to put away any thoughts that would not be beneficial for you or others.  Pray for the courage and humility needed to seek help from God and others when your thoughts are not what they should be.  As you continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event.  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 submit your thought life to 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: Whatever is True.  Pray that your thoughts would constantly run through the filter of God’s Word as the standard for truth.  Pray that your life would be set apart by truth and then pray for the courage to consistently live that life.  Pray for the wisdom to know truth as revealed by God rather than accepting the world’s version of truth.  “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17  (NIV)

Tuesday: Whatever is Noble.  Pray that your thoughts would be productive as you think on things that will bear a great kingdom harvest.  Pray that you would always seek the “higher things” to set your mind on.  “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)

Wednesday: Whatever is Right.  Pray that your thoughts would consistently be trained on doing what is right no matter what.  Pray for the courage to reject sin as you fill your mind, and actions, with the things which are right.  “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”  Genesis 4:7 (NIV)

Thursday: Whatever is Pure.  Pray that your thoughts would always be pure as you draw near to God for His cleansing.  Pray for the humility needed to consistently draw near to God for the cleansing of your thoughts so they would not waver between good and evil.  “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  James 4:8 (NIV)

Friday: Whatever is Lovely.  Pray that your mind would be filled with the loveliness of God’s dwelling as you long for your eternal home.  Pray that you would look for that which is lovely in the people and scenes around you.  “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”  Psalm 84:1-2 (NIV)

SaturdayWhatever is Admirable.  Pray that your thoughts would be focused on an admiration of the work of Jesus in your life and in the lives of others.  Pray that your life would present a believable testimony of Jesus as you actions follow thoughts which are admirable.  “When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.”  2 Thessalonians 1:10 (NKJV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Kingdom Citizen!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Kingdom Citizen!

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is about some qualities that we ought to be experiencing in increasing measure as citizens of the kingdom of God!  Living as a citizen of a country here on earth usually carries with it a combination of privileges, expectations, and responsibilities.  As a child of God, our citizenship is in heaven and it also comes with a set of privileges, expectations, and responsibilities even as we journey through life on this earth.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you value the citizenship He has given you in His kingdom.  Pray that you would live a life that seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  Pray about how you will help others know the joy of living as a kingdom citizen.  Pray for the courage to live with an allegiance to God that is greater than that which you pledge to any nation or institution on earth.  Pray for the transforming power of God to make you more like Christ each day that you live.  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 a kingdom citizen.

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.

MondayBorn Again Citizen.  Pray that you would understand that Jesus is the only way for anyone to become a kingdom citizen.  Pray for the courage to declare the truth of Jesus to all who would desire to be a citizen in the kingdom of God.  Pray that a new birth would result in a new life.  “In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’”  John 3:3 (NIV)

TuesdayPowerful Citizen.  Pray that your life as a kingdom citizen would know the power of God in a way that goes beyond mere words.  Pray for the wisdom to allow God’s power to work through you so that the words you use about your faith would contain the power of salvation for all who would hear.  “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”  1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)

WednesdayWorthy Citizen.  Pray that you would live your life in such a way that it honors the righteous judgments of God.  Pray for the humility needed to live as one who is counted worthy of being a citizen of God’s kingdom.  “All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.”  2 Thessalonians 1:5 (NIV)

ThursdayThankful Citizen.  Pray that you would live a thankful life as you consider the unshakeable kingdom that God has called you to.  Pray that your worship of God would be appropriate and acceptable as you live a life of thanksgiving.  “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”  Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)

FridayRich Citizen.  Pray that you would value the riches of the kingdom of God more than you value the riches of this world.  Pray that your faith would grow in ever-increasing measure as you look forward to the promised inheritance that is yours.  “Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?”  James 2:5 (NIV)

SaturdayEternal Citizen.  Pray for a greater knowledge of the eternal nature of your kingdom citizenship.  Pray about how God would have you welcome others into an eternal kingdom which they can belong to for an eternity that has already begun.  Pray that your life as a kingdom citizen now would recognize the eternal nature of what God has given.  “And you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  2 Peter 1:11 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Knowing Christ!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Knowing Christ!

“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ”
Philippians 3:8 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is a selection of things we ought to know in greater measure as we seek to know Christ.  The daily topics are part of a 31-day devotional book I am currently writing, “The Heart Of a Child”, with each day focused on something different to pray about for a child of any age . . . including your age!  As we seek to know Christ in a greater way, we not only learn from Him, we also look to the One he is an exact representation of — His Father.  As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a greater desire to know Him.  Pray that you would be faithful in your representation of Jesus so others would also know Him.  Pray for all who would come to God as little children seeking to know the love of a good Father.  Pray that your desire would be to really know Christ, not just know about Him.  Pray that your life as a child of God would compel you to share that life with the children around you.  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 know Christ more fully.

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.

MondayKnow the Fear of the Lord.  Pray that you would listen to the Word of God with the intent of understanding and pursuing a healthy fear of the Lord.  Pray that you would be involved in teaching others about how a fear of the Lord can dispel all unhealthy fears from your life.  “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”  Psalm 34:11 (NIV)

TuesdayKnow the Compassion of the Lord.  Pray that you would recognize the compassion of God toward you in the midst of your suffering.  Pray that your compassion toward others would serve as an example for them to seek and know the compassion of God.  “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.”  Psalm 103:13 (NIV)

WednesdayKnow the Faithfulness of God.  Pray that you would recognize the faithfulness of God in your life and be consistent in praising Him for it.  Pray for boldness in sharing with others about God’s faithfulness in your life.  Pray that you would use your example to help others know of God’s faithfulness.  “The living, the living — they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.”  Isaiah 38:19 (NIV)

ThursdayKnow the Peace of God.  Pray that you would spend time in God’s Word seeking instruction to guide all aspects of your life into peace with Him.  Pray that God’s instruction would fill you with a peace that you are able to share with the people around you each day.  “All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace.”  Isaiah 54:13 (NIV)

FridayKnow the Goodness of God.  Pray that your desire to give good things to others would represent God’s desire to give good gifts to His children.  Pray for the humility to ask God to supply your needs out of the abundance of His goodness.  “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”  Matthew 7:11 (NIV)

SaturdayKnow the Victory of God.  Pray for a spirit of submission to God that recognizes the power within you is not you.  Pray that you would live as one who is victorious as you accept the victory God has given.  Pray about how you exemplify the greatness of God in you.  “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”  1 John 4:4 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Attitude Check!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Attitude Check!

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 2:5 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is a follow-up to last week’s focus on being united with Christ.  Not only is being united with Christ supposed to change the way we interact with others, the result should be that our attitude is the same as that of Jesus.  When we allow the Spirit of God to transform our mind, He gives us a new attitude.  However, that new attitude requires our diligent attention in order to keep it aligned with the attitude that was found in Christ Jesus.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the attitude you live with as you interact with Him and others.  Pray for a continual renewing of your mind that will result in the attitudes God would want you to have.  Pray for the courage and humility required to adjust your attitude when it strays from what it should be.  Pray that the people around you would be attracted to Jesus as they see His attitude displayed in your life.  Pray for a heart of understanding and compassion toward the people around you as they also grow in the attitude they ought to have.  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 with the attitude of Jesus.

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.

MondayAttitude Of Humility.  Pray that you would learn from Jesus about placing your needs and desires below that of others.  Pray that you would grow in an attitude of humility as you learn from Jesus.  Pray for a gentleness of spirit that will bring you rest.  “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:29 (NIV)

TuesdayAttitude Of Obedience.  Pray that you would live a life of obedience, even in the midst of suffering.  Pray that your obedience to Christ would come from an attitude that seeks to live for Him and like Him.  “Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”  Hebrews 5:8-9 (NIV)

WednesdayAttitude Of Service.  Pray that your heart would be inclined to serve others rather than seeking to be served.  Pray for an attitude that finds contentment in serving others according to their need.  Pray that your works of service would bring glory to God.  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45 (NIV)

ThursdayAttitude Of Love.  Pray for a greater understanding of the commands of God, particularly in regard to how you love others.  Pray that God’s love for you would transform your attitude and increase your desire to love others.  Pray that your love for others would help them know God’s love.  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  John 13:34 (NIV)

FridayAttitude Of Joy.  Pray that you would keep your gaze fixed upon Jesus to learn an attitude of joy as you accomplish the good works God created for  you to do.  Pray that your attitude of joy would be ever-increasing as you follow the example of Christ.  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

SaturdayAttitude Of Confidence.  Pray that your relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, would give you confidence in living a life that honors Him.  Pray for an attitude that displays a confidence in God to the people around you.  Pray that the work Christ does through you would be done with a confidence in His ability.  “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”  Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: United With Christ!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: United With Christ!

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”
Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)

This week our prayer emphasis will focus on some characteristics that Paul infers we ought to have through being united with Christ.  Not only should these qualities exist in ever-increasing measure, they ought to set the standard for how we interact with one another.  For the Christian, the united with Christ part shouldn’t be all that difficult to pursue — the struggle often comes in applying those same principles of unity to our relationships with others.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you appreciate all that you have gained from being united with Christ.  Pray that you would grow in each of these areas as God’s Spirit dwells within you.  Pray that you would seek and experience a greater unity with those around you who have also united themselves with Christ.  Pray that your interactions with others would be filled with the same attitude that Christ displayed toward us as He considered our need above His own comfort. 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 one united with 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 the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.

MondayUnited For Encouragement.  Pray for a desire to come together with other believers in a way that all are encouraged.  Pray for the humility required to be an effective encourager, especially of those who are discouraged.  “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)

TuesdayUnited For Comfort.  Pray that you would recognize the comfort God has given you in your times of trouble.  Pray that you would learn well from your experiences so that you can provide effective comfort to those around you who experience troubles.  “Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”  2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)

WednesdayUnited For Fellowship.  Pray that the fellowship you have with God through Jesus Christ would be the example for the fellowship you seek with others.  Pray for the courage to share the good news of Jesus so others may share in the fellowship you experience.  “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”  1 John 1:3  (NIV)

ThursdayUnited For Tenderness.  Pray for a greater understanding of the tenderness of God’s mercy shown to you through the forgiveness of sin.  Pray that your attitude towards others would be softened as you consider God’s tenderness toward you.  “To give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God.”  Luke 1:78 (NIV)

FridayUnited For Compassion.  Pray for a heart that can see and feel the hurt of others in a way that makes you want to help.  Pray for the wisdom to know and express true compassion that lifts people up when they struggle.  “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”  Matthew 9:36 (NIV)

SaturdayUnited For Joy.  Pray that you would always be filled with joy as  you walk in the presence of  God.  Pray that your interactions with others would fill them with joy.  Pray that you would be thankful for the joy God brings into your life through others. “How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?”  1 Thessalonians 3:9 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Check Your Motives!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Check Your Motives!

“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.”
1 Chronicles 29:17 (NIV)

This week our prayer emphasis will focus on spending some time with God examining our motives.  God’s desire is that we would do everything with pure and right motives but thankfully His ability to work for our good isn’t limited by our ability to always do the right thing for the right reason.  When we allow God’s Spirit and His Word to align our motives with His will, we are able to find a contagious joy in serving God.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you to be honest with yourself as you examine why you do things.  Pray that God would test your heart so you could see any changes that need to be made.  Pray for the courage to trust God as you seek His guidance in realigning your motives.  Pray for the humility to admit when your motives have been self-serving and out of line with God’s will.  Pray that God would be honored and glorified through your life even in the midst of any changes of motive you need to make.  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 consider, and accept, the costs of being a disciple.

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.

MondayUnderstood Motives.  Pray that you would live in such a way that you would find comfort in knowing God understands your motives.  Pray that you would have a genuine desire to seek God so you would not be rejected.  “The LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”  1 Chronicles 28:9 (NIV)

TuesdayWeighed Motives.  Pray that you would trust God to weigh your motives against His standards regardless of how right you believe them to be.  Pray that you would accept God’s ways as you find them to be more noble than your own.  Pray for a humility that allows you to change when your ways are found wanting.  “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.”  Proverbs 16:2 (NIV)

WednesdayExposed Motives.  Pray for the wisdom to examine your own motives and let God deal with the motives of others.  Pray that you would have nothing to be ashamed of when the Lord exposes the motives of your heart.  “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.”  1 Corinthians 4:5  (NIV)

ThursdayOvercome Motives.  Pray that you would be mindful to the work of God taking place even when motives are not what they should be.  Pray for the ability to rejoice over the work of God being accomplished even when it is motivated by someone’s evil intent.  “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.”  Philippians 1:18 (NIV)

FridayPure Motives.  Pray that you would live with honest in all of your interactions with others so that your motives are not purposefully hidden.  Pray that you would always speak and act with pure motives that look our for the good of others.  Pray that your reputation would be one of honesty.  “For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.”  1 Thessalonians 2:3 (NIV)

SaturdayUnselfish Motives.  Pray that God would help you deal with all elements of selfishness in your life.  Pray for the humility to consider the needs of others above your own when you talk with God.  Pray for God’s help in knowing what to ask in your prayers that would benefit others.  “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”  James 4:3 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Things To Consider!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Things To Consider!

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and consider the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’”
Luke 14:28-30 (NIV)

This week our prayer emphasis will focus on some things that God says we ought to consider as we seek to follow Him.  Considering the cost doesn’t mean that we make our decisions based solely on what a particular action will cost, in money or anything else, but rather it is a matter of determining if we have what it takes to finish.  Jesus addresses this type of consideration in physical matters to instruct us about our even greater need to consider the cost of being His disciple.  As  you pray this week, ask God to help you consider the things He would want you to think through.  Pray that you would give careful thought to all aspects of your decisions as you seek to base your actions around the things that would please God.  Pray that you would have a godly approach, rather than a humanistic one, to the way you consider the things you would do.  Pray for the courage to move beyond consideration when the things you have considered call for action.  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 consider, and accept, the costs of being a disciple.

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.

MondayConsider Carefully.  Pray that you would consider carefully the things you hear.  Pray for a spirit of discernment to help you understand correctly.  Pray that you would carefully consider how you would want to be treated when you interact with others.  “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and even more.”  Mark 4:24 (NIV)

TuesdayConsider Your Worth.  Pray that you would pay attention to the way that God cares not only for creation, but for His children.  Pray that you, and the people around you, would know the great value that each of  you have to God.  “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!”  Luke 12:24 (NIV)

WednesdayConsider The Future.  Pray that you would always be mindful of the future glory that will be revealed to you, and in you, when Christ returns.  Pray for the courage to endure hardship for a season as you consider what is to come for those who are in Christ.  “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  Romans 8:18  (NIV)

ThursdayConsider Others.  Pray that God would help you examine the motives behind your interactions with those around you.  Pray that you would have the courage to put aside all selfish thoughts and actions as you consider the needs of others ahead of your own.  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”  Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

FridayConsider the Consequences.  Pray that you would carefully consider the consequences of your words and actions.  Pray that you would be careful, even in the small things of life, as you consider the consequences of what you say and do.  “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”  James 3:5 (NIV)

SaturdayConsider Jesus!  Pray that you would always consider the example of Jesus as the pattern for your life.  Pray that you would learn from Jesus at all times, but especially when you feel weary and disheartened.  Pray that your consideration of Jesus would keep you faithful to Him.  “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  Hebrews 12:3 (NIV)