“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Common Ground!
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Ephesians 4:3-7 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on some common ground that ought to exist among believers. When God instructs us to “keep the unity of the Spirit”, He states not only what we have in common but also the truth that each one of us has been given grace according to a measure determined by Christ. As you pray this week, ask God to help you know the grace that God has specifically apportioned to you through Christ. Pray that you would not only know the unity that comes from God’s Spirit, but that you would work diligently at keeping that unity between you and God and between you and others through a strong bond of peace. Pray that you would cling to the things of God which are “One”. Pray that you would find common ground through the “oneness” of God given to each of us through the grace of Jesus. 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 maintain the unity of Spirit as you find the common ground He has given.
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: One Body. Pray for the humility to simply be the part of the body of Christ that He has called you to be. Pray that you would find a unity of Spirit as you value those around you as being part of the same body. Pray that you would seek good, and not harm, for each part of the body. “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)
Tuesday: One Spirit. Pray for a willingness to unite yourself with the Lord in order to become one with Him in Spirit. Pray for a greater unity among believers as each one understands the great value of being one with Him, and with one another, through the same Spirit. “But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” 1 Corinthians 6:17 (NIV)
Wednesday: One Hope. Pray for the patience to wait on the realization of the assured hope that you have in Christ. Pray that the unity God wants us to have would be part of His goodness that we share with others. “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)
Thursday: One Lord. Pray that you would live each day acknowledging God as the one and only Lord of your life. Pray that the unity of the Spirit would be maintained as you and others submit to the One who is Lord of all. “The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.” Zechariah 14:9 (NIV)
Friday: One Faith. Pray that you would approach God with a bold faith that can see His work in your life and in the lives of others. Pray that you would know a unity of Spirit as you see all people coming to God through the same faith in that one God. “There is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.” Romans 3:30 (NIV)
Saturday: One Baptism. Pray that you would know the purpose of the baptism God has called each of us into as we die to self and become clothed with Christ. Pray that the unity of the Spirit would be maintained, and strengthened, as each of us are clothed with Christ in on baptism. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV)