Lifestyle of Prayer: Work of Jesus on Earth!


“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

 This week’s prayer focus:  Work of Jesus on Earth!

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn.”

Isaiah 61:1-2 (NIV)

The above words were written by Isaiah long before Jesus left His heavenly home to live as a man on earth.  Luke records Jesus standing in the synagogue reading that very passage and proclaiming, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”!  This week we will focus our prayer time on some of the work Jesus did when He came to earth — work we ought to be doing as His representatives!  As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event.  Continue to pray for the family.  View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort.

“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 spend time praying each day about how your life reflects the work and purpose of Jesus.   Thank you! 

Sunday:  Pray for your church, its staff and leadership, and for all of the preaching and teaching that takes place.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry. 

Monday: Live Anointed by God’s Spirit.  Pray that  your life would always reflect the anointing of God’s Spirit that is given to all Christians.  “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.”  1 John 2:20  (NIV)

Tuesday: Preach Good News to the Poor.  Pray that you would be eager to share the good news in all ways possible to the poor.  “All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.”  Galatians 2:10 (NIV)

Wednesday: Bind Up the Brokenhearted.  Pray that you would be an encourager to the weary as you help the brokenhearted find healing within a relationship with Jesus.  “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

Thursday: Proclaim Freedom for the Captive.  Pray that you would live as one who is free and actively proclaim that freedom to all who live in bondage.  “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)

Friday: Release the Blind from Darkness.  Pray that your eyes would be opened fully to the work of God in your life so that you would help others see the truth of Jesus.  “Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.’”  John 9:39 (NIV)

SaturdayProclaim the Year of the Lord’s Favor.  Pray that you would daily recognize the Lord’s favor in your life and proclaim that favor to those around you.  “Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them.”  Psalm 106:4 (NIV)