Lifestyle of Prayer: Common Ground!

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“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.

MondayOne 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)

TuesdayOne 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)

WednesdayOne 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)

ThursdayOne 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)

FridayOne 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)

SaturdayOne 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)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Practical Wisdom (Part Five)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Practical Wisdom (Part Five)!

“Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.”
Proverbs 22:17-18
(NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis wraps up a five week series based on “thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge” found in Proverbs 22 – 24.  It is my prayer that these weeks focused in Proverbs have been helpful to both your prayer life and your interactions with others as a child of God.  To me, that is the heart of the practical wisdom God desires for us to obtain from Him — we use it to grow in connection to Him and we use it to grow in our relationships with others.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you evaluate how much of His wisdom you are tapping into when you seek Him in prayer.  Pray that you would apply the principles and teachings of scripture in a way that makes Jesus both known and desirable among the people around you.  Pray for the courage to forsake the wisdom of the world in order to pursue a greater wisdom.  Pray for the humility necessary to live as one who is wise in a way that the people around you would see the love 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 apply the practical wisdom that He gives.

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.

MondayWisdom of Urgency.  Pray that God would help you recognize the urgency of sharing the love of the gospel with those facing a physical death and, even more importantly, with those facing spiritual death.  Pray that you would know the urgency of staying on the path that leads to eternal life.  “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.”  Proverbs 24:11 (NIV)

TuesdayWisdom of the Soul.  Pray that your soul would be filled with a wisdom that is confirmed by the presence of God’s Spirit.  Pray for an ever-increasing faith that comes from a godly wisdom of an assured hope in Christ.  “Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”  Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)

WednesdayWisdom of Impartiality.  Pray for the wisdom to not show favoritism toward others based on what they can do for you.  Pray that you would know the impartiality of God as He judges you not as your sins deserve, but according to your faith in His Son.  “These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good.”  Proverbs 24:23 (NIV)

ThursdayWisdom of Priorities.  Pray that God would grant you the wisdom to know the order of importance of the tasks that are before you.  Pray for the wisdom to be a faithful servant in the kingdom of God even as you trust him to build your eternal home.  “Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”  Proverbs 24:27 (NIV)

FridayWisdom of Being a Good Neighbor.  Pray that you would live with the wisdom of being a good neighbor as you treat others as you would want to be treated.  Pray for the wisdom of integrity as you speak to, and about, your neighbors wherever they may live.  “Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive.”  Proverbs 24:28 (NIV)

SaturdayWisdom of Observation.  Pray that you would pay attention to the lessons that God wants you to observe in your surroundings.  Pray for the courage to apply the wisdom which God provides to each one of us through the lessons of life.  “I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw.”  Proverbs 24:32 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Practical Wisdom (Part Four)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Practical Wisdom (Part Four)!

“Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.”
Proverbs 22:17-18
(NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is week four in a series based on “thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge” found in Proverbs 22 – 24.  I believe that the best definition I have heard for wisdom is that it is “the practical application of knowledge.”  As  you read scripture, I pray that you recognize God’s desire has always been that we would not just know what His Word says, but that we would live it!  As you pray this week, ask God to help you accept His teachings to the extent that you would put them into practice.  Pray for the courage to apply God’s Word to every aspect of your life.  Pray that you would live life with the wisdom that comes from God in such a way that others would desire to know Him.  Pray for your faith to increase as you trust the ways of God to mold you more into His image each day.  Pray that wisdom is more than another word to learn, but that it becomes a way of life for 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 apply the practical wisdom that He gives.

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.

MondayWisdom of Consequences.  Pray that you would have the wisdom to see how each of your choices have consequences.  Pray that you would apply the wisdom of knowing consequences to yourself first rather than pointing fingers at others.  “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?”  Proverbs 23:29 (NIV)

TuesdayWisdom of Contentment.  Pray that God would fill you with a contentment that gives you wisdom.  Pray that you would be able to see beyond the temporary appearances that make wickedness seem desirable.  Pray that contentment would guard your desire for the fruits of wickedness.  “Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company.”  Proverbs 24:1 (NIV)

WednesdayWisdom of Foundations.  Pray that your desire would be to have a life built on the foundation of godly wisdom.  Pray that God would fill you with the understanding of how His wisdom will lead you to the establishment of a house worth living in.  “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.”  Proverbs 24:3 (NIV)

ThursdayWisdom of Power.  Pray that you would know the power of godly wisdom that exceeds the strength of men.  Pray that you would have the wisdom to live by the strength of God’s Word and His Spirit rather than through your own abilities.  “A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength.”  Proverbs 24:5 (NIV)

FridayWisdom of Appropriateness.  Pray for a wisdom from God that gives you appropriate words to say when needed.  Pray that the words you share with others would reflect the practical application of God’s Word in your life in a way that leads them to seek Him.  “Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.”  Proverbs 24:7 (NIV)

SaturdayWisdom of Reputation.  Pray for the wisdom to avoid the planning, and acting, of evil which would destroy your reputation among unbelievers.  Pray that your “reputation among outsiders” would be one of integrity and godly righteousness.  Pray for the wisdom to avoid the schemes used by the enemy in an attempt to distract you from God.  “He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.”  Proverbs 24:8 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Practical Wisdom (Part Three)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Practical Wisdom (Part Three)!

“Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.”
Proverbs 22:17-18
(NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will continue a series based on “thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge” found in Proverbs 22 – 24.  As I continue through these “sayings of the wise”, I can’t help but think of the words from James which tell all who lack wisdom to ask God.  I wonder how often you and I have read that passage from James, asked God for wisdom, then sat back and wondered why it never appeared to arrive.  I also wonder how many of those times the wisdom we were in need of had already been given by God in His Word.  Many times I find myself asking God for wisdom and instead of a direct answer that I would want, He points me to places in scripture where the wisdom I need can be found.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you really listen to the wisdom He has already provided.  Pray for the courage to apply the words of wisdom God has provided.  Pray that the wisdom of God’s Word would be familiar to you so that it is always “ready on your lips.”  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 apply the practical wisdom that He gives.

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.

MondayWisdom of Heart.  Pray to have a heart that would always seek after true wisdom which comes from God.  Pray that the desires and direction of your heart would always be filled with godly wisdom.  Pray that the wisdom of God that you fill your heart with would gladden those around you.  “My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad.” Proverbs 23:15 (NIV)

TuesdayWisdom of Zeal.  Pray for the wisdom to notice, and correct, the desires of your heart.  Pray that you would see beyond the temporary attraction that sin often offers.  Pray that your life would be driven by a fear of the Lord which seeks to honor Him.  “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.”  Proverbs 23:17 (NIV)

WednesdayWisdom of Advice.  Pray for wisdom in choosing where you get the advice you follow.  Pray that you would check all advice you receive with God’s Word to make sure it is godly advice.  Pray that the advice you give others would help them stay on the right path.  “Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.”  Proverbs 23:19 (NIV)

ThursdayWisdom of Parents.  Pray for the ability to find and accept wisdom from previous generations.  Pray for parents to have the courage to live life in a way that shows godly wisdom to their children.  Pray that you would live and act with the wisdom of a parent to those who have no parents to look up to.  “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”  Proverbs 23:22 (NIV)

FridayWisdom of Truth.  Pray for the wisdom to not only seek truth, but to guard it in your life at all costs.  Pray for a discerning spirit that both knows truth and holds on to it.  Pray that you would be one that speaks truth in love when you absolutely must speak.  “Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.”  Proverbs 23:23 (NIV)

SaturdayWisdom of Ways.  Pray that your heart would be set on God as you seek to keep His ways.  Pray that you would have people in your life who show wisdom of ways by their example.  Pray that the ways of your life would be a godly example to the people around you.  “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.”  Proverbs 23:26 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Practical Wisdom (Part Two)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Practical Wisdom (Part Two)!

“Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.”
Proverbs 22:17-18
(NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will continue a series based on “thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge” found in Proverbs 22 – 24.  When paid attention to, these principles can become “lighthouses” that aid in our safe travels through times of rough water and darkness.  Even on good days, they become landmarks to remind us we are on the proper course.  As you pray this week, it is important to remember that these are principles to guide us and shape us into the godly people we are called to be.  Pray that you would be most concerned with learning from and applying these principles in your own life rather than first hammering someone else with them.  Pray that you would have a teachable spirit which is open to both the Word and Spirit of the living God instructing you in the way you ought to live.  Pray for the humility to live out these principles of practical wisdom without coming across to others as a “know-it-all”.  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 apply the practical wisdom that He gives.

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.

MondayWisdom of Restraint.  Pray that you would learn to live with restraint when it comes to acquiring “stuff”.  Pray for the wisdom to both know when enough is enough and to share out of all that God provides.  Pray for the wisdom to know what is worth pursuing with a whole heart (God) and what isn’t (everything else).  “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.”  Proverbs 23:4 (NIV)

TuesdayWisdom of Discernment.  Pray for the discernment to know, and avoid, the traps others may set.  Pray that  God would give you the wisdom to recognize when a situation you face seems out of character for those involved.  Pray that you would not set your desires on things which belong to others.  “Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies.”  Proverbs 23:6 (NIV)

WednesdayWisdom of Silence.  Pray that you would be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”  Pray for the wisdom to be silent when faced with situations when your words would not be productive.  Pray for the courage to avoid foolish arguments.  “Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.”  Proverbs 23:9 (NIV)

ThursdayWisdom of Respect.  Pray that you would value the boundaries for life that God has set in His Word.  Pray for the wisdom to respect the property of others even when they seem powerless to protect it.  Pray for the wisdom to know the difference between godly “ancient boundaries” and those set by man.  “Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless.”  Proverbs 23:10 (NIV)

FridayWisdom of Instruction.  Pray for a heart which is open to instruction as you live with a teachable spirit.  Pray for the wisdom to apply the instruction that God provides through His Word and through the people around you.  “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.”  Proverbs 23:12  (NIV)

SaturdayWisdom of Discipline.  Pray that you would value the receiving of discipline even more than you desire seeing others disciplined.  Pray for the wisdom to apply discipline fairly, both in the lives of other and in your own life.  “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.”  Proverbs 23:13 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Practical Wisdom (Part One)!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Practical Wisdom (Part One)!

“Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.”
Proverbs 22:17-18
(NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will begin a series based on “thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge” found in Proverbs 22 – 24.  God’s Word is meant to be “powerful and active” in our life, but for it to become most effective we must put it into practice.  Wisdom from God’s perspective always involves a practical application of the instruction He gives.  Rather than a focus on acquiring information, godly wisdom is something God expects us to put into practice in every aspect of our life.  As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a wisdom that is practical in nature.  Pray that you would consider these “sayings of the wise” God has given us for our good.  Pray each day about how you will put this practical wisdom into practice.  Pray that your relationship with God would continually lead you into greater wisdom in your interactions with others.  Pray that the way you apply the wisdom you receive from God would lead others in seeking practical wisdom from Him.  Pray for understanding as you, and others, grow in the practice of wisdom.  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 apply the practical wisdom that He gives.

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.

MondayWisdom of Compassion.  Pray for the wisdom to have compassion toward those you may have some level of power over.  Pray that godly wisdom would lead you to care for those who the world would say are “less fortunate”.  “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court.”  Proverbs 22:22 (NIV)

TuesdayWisdom of Association.  Pray for the wisdom to carefully consider the temperament of those you choose to most closely associate with.  Pray that you would submit your temper and anger to God so that association with you would be beneficial to others.  “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered.”  Proverbs 22:24 (NIV)

WednesdayWisdom of Responsibility.  Pray for the wisdom to know the responsibility of the financial obligations you consider before you would commit to them.  Pray that your promises, whether in finances or other areas of life, would not be give lightly.  “Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts.”  Proverbs 22:26 (NIV)

ThursdayWisdom of Boundaries.  Pray for the wisdom to respect the boundaries marked out by those before you who have listened to God.  Pray that God would lead you to understand the purpose of boundaries and that you would not attempt to cheat Him, or others, by moving those boundaries.  “Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.”  Proverbs 22:28 (NIV)

FridayWisdom of Learning Skills.  Pray for the wisdom to know, and improve, the skills God has given you.  Pray that you would help others to improve their skills.  Pray that God would make Himself known to others through the skills He has entrusted you with.  “Do you see a man skilled in his work?  He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.”  Proverbs 22:29 (NIV)

SaturdayWisdom of Moderation.  Pray for the wisdom to consider how your actions will appear to others.  Pray that you would apply the wisdom God gives as you represent Him before others.  Pray that godly wisdom would lead you to a life of moderation in all things.  “When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.”  Proverbs 23:1-2 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Give Thanks!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Give Thanks!

“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

As we approach the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, it seems fitting to bring back a former prayer guide focused on being thankful.  It is  too easy to let the cares of the world steal our joy and thankfulness, so this week we will pray about a variety of reasons to be thankful as well as things to be thankful for.  God connects our attitudes and conversations with one another with our life of thankfulness to Him.  As you pray, ask God to help you live a life of thankfulness each day.  Pray that you would see His gifting in your life as reason to be thankful.  Pray that your sharing of God’s gifting in your life would cause others to give thanks to God.  Pray each day for the individuals of your church congregation as well as 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 that your life would be lived in a way that is pleasing and acceptable to God.

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 Faithful Reputation.  Thank God for those people who inspire you because of their reputation of faith in Jesus.  Pray that you would be one whose faithful reputation inspires others.  “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.”  Romans 1:8 (NIV)

TuesdayThankful for Changed Lives.  Thank God for the desire and strength to turn from sin and live obediently to the truth.  Pray that the people around you would wholeheartedly obey the teaching of the gospel.  “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.”  Romans 6:17 (NIV)

WednesdayThankful for Received Grace.  Thank God for His amazing grace that He offers to all who would accept it.  As you pray, recognize it is that same grace extended to you that allows you to be thankful for the people around you.  Pray that the people around you would see God’s grace extended through you.  “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)

ThursdayThankful for Real Victory.  Thank God for the victory over sin and death, as well as for the daily victories, through Jesus.  Pray that the people around you would experience true victory through a relationship with Jesus.  “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

FridayThankful for Shared Concern.  Thank God that He draws believers to a common concern for one another and pray that you would always remember it.  Pray that you would be filled with a concern for others.  “I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.”  2 Corinthians 8:16 (NIV)

Saturday:  Thankful for Generous Giving.  Thank God for the ability, and opportunity, to supply the needs of one another through His provision.  Pray that your giving would cause others to give thanks to God.  “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)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Acceptable Things!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Acceptable Things!

“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.  To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”
Proverbs 21:2-3 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus will be about some things that God says are acceptable to Him and should be acceptable ways for His children.  Often it seems like everyone wants us to settle for something that we know isn’t the best.  Compromise has become a way of life as we determine what we can get by with.  We adjust our behavior based on what is acceptable wherever we might be.  Unfortunately, we often carry that over into our relationship with God but rather than find out what is acceptable to Him, we attempt to relate to God based on what is acceptable to the people around us.  This week we will be praying about our response, our gift, our saying, our worship, our religion, and our testimony as we consider what would make them acceptable to God.  As you pray, ask God to help you to know what is good and right in His sight.  Pray that you would seek to live a life that is acceptable to Him regardless of how others may view it.  Pray for the courage to do the right things so you don’t have to try making up for doing the wrong things.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation as well as 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 that your life would be lived in a way that is pleasing and acceptable to God.

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.  

MondayAcceptable Response.  Pray that your response to God would be based on His Word and instruction so that it is acceptable to Him.  Pray that you would call people to an acceptable response when they consider the work of God in their lives.  “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”  Acts 2:41 (NIV)

TuesdayAcceptable Gift.  Pray that your giving would be done with a cheerful heart according to what you have received.  Pray that your gift to God would be accepted as generous because you have given Him your all.  “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.”  2 Corinthians 8:12 (NIV)

WednesdayAcceptable Saying.  Pray that the statement of your life would be a saying that is acceptable to God.  Pray that you would acknowledge your need of God.  “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.”  1  Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

Thursday:  Acceptable Worship.  Pray that you would offer to God worship which is acceptable.  Pray that your worship would be consumed by God as pleasing to Him.  “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’”  Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)

FridayAcceptable Religion.  Pray that your religious practices would be accepted by God because you look after those who are in need.  Pray that you would seek God’s help in remaining pure and unpolluted.  “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  James 1:27 (NIV)

SaturdayAcceptable Testimony.  Pray that the testimony you give about God would be found acceptable because it is true.  Pray that God’s testimony about Jesus would always be greater to you than what people may say.  “We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.”  1 John 5:9 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Power!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Power!

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus will be about some aspects of the power of God that should be visible in these “jars of clay” that we walk around in.  Power has the ability to go to our head rather quickly and fill us with pride, so in God’s great wisdom He pours His power into weak earthen vessels, us, so that it becomes obvious the power that is at work in us is from Him and not our own.  When we see the power of God at work in those who are hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, or struck down; we become keenly aware that there is a power at work that could only come from God.  As you pray, ask God to fill you with the humility necessary to allow His power to dwell and work in you.  Pray that you would use the power of God within you wisely as you strengthen and encourage others.  Ask God to help you be careful in the way you represent His power so that you would not become guilty of making others believe it is your power that they see at work.  Pray that God’s power within you would help you to not be crushed, in despair, abandoned, or destroyed.  Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation as well as 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 that your life would be lived in a way that overcomes through the power of God living in  you.

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.  

MondayPower to be a Witness.  Pray that the power of God’s Spirit within you would compel you to be a witness for Christ wherever you go.  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8 (NIV)

TuesdayPower to be a Servant.  Pray that the grace you have received from God would give you the power to serve others on His behalf.  Pray that God’s power would work within you to make you a servant of the gospel.  “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.”  Ephesians 3:7 (NIV)

WednesdayPower to Grasp the Love of Christ.  Pray that you would experience the power that helps you to know the incredible love of Christ.  Pray that the power of the love of Christ would be seen in you.  “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”  Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)

Thursday:  Power to do Immeasurably More.  Pray that you would look to God for the power to do His will in ways that exceed what you can imagine.  “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!”  Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

FridayPower to do Faithful Work.  Pray that your intentions born of faith would be fueled by the power of God in order to be accomplished.  “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”  2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NIV)

SaturdayPower for a Godly Life.  Pray that your life would be lived by the power of God so that you would reflect His nature in all things.  Pray that God’s glory and goodness would fill you with everything you need.  “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Overcome!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Overcome!

“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’s prayer focus will be on some things that Jesus says awaits those who overcome.  The problem most people have with the idea of being an overcomer is that it implies there is some difficulty that needs to be overcome.  While we may want a life of ease and comfort, Jesus says that life as a follower of Him will be filled with trouble, misunderstandings, and even persecution.  While that is not news that anyone really wants to hear, Jesus also tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world.  When John wrote the messages from Jesus to the seven churches that we read of early in the book of Revelation, He ends each message with a promise for those who overcome.  As you pray this week, ask God to empower you to be an overcomer.  Pray that you would recognize, and value, what awaits those who overcome.  Pray that you would face whatever hardship comes your way with the courage that comes from knowing the crown of life is given to those who overcome.

“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 that your life would be lived in a way that overcomes through the power of God living in  you.

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.  

MondayOvercome 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.  “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)

TuesdayOvercome the Past.  Pray that you would feast on the spiritual manna and rejoice in a new name that frees you from the past.  “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)

WednesdayOvercome Oppression.  Pray that you would be faithful in doing God’s will as He empowers you to overcome oppression with His 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)

Thursday:  Overcome Abandonment.  Pray that you would overcome in a way that gives you a permanent place of belonging with those who are pure-.  “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) 

FridayOvercome Wandering.  Pray that you would find a place of belonging in 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)

SaturdayOvercome Weariness.  Pray that you would overcome everything that would keep you from being able to sit and rest at the throne of Jesus.  “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)