(1 Tim 2:1 NIV) I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.
This morning we continue our series entitled, “Re-Energizing Your Prayer Life,” by continuing to look at “What to Pray For.” Here are a few more suggestions about whom and what to pray for:
For Freedom from Worry: (from Phil 4:6,7 NLT) That we would not worry about anything, but instead pray about everything and then experiencing God’s supernatural peace that exceeds anything we can understand; and that this peace would pull guard-duty around our hearts and minds. (from 1 Peter 5:7) That we would carry care, but rather CAST IT over to the Lord, who cares for us.
For Rest for the Weary: (from Mat 11:28-30) That every believer who is weary and burdened would come to the Father and find rest for their weary souls. (from Isaiah 61:3) That we would experience beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and clothe ourselves in the garment of praise whenever we feel a spirit of heaviness.
That we would enter into God’s rest: (from Heb 4:3-11) That we, who have believed, would enter into supernatural rest. That we would not harden our hearts, but rather experience a Sabbath-rest from our own works.
For Multi-Racial Ministry: (from Gal 3:27,28) Since those of us who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ – and in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, Black nor White, Hispanic nor Asian, Baptist nor Presbyterian, Holiness nor Pentecostal, male nor female – that we would all be ONE IN CHRIST! That we would come together and bind racism in the Church. That we would not hide behind insignificant differences – knowing that we have too much IN COMMON to be UNCOMMON!
For our Marriages: Praying that every married believer would develop their marriage. That there would be open, honest, and consistent communication between spouses! That the love that they have for one another grow stronger and deeper. That they draw closer each day. That husbands would become the men their families need them to be – visionaries, Pastors of their own homes, speaking life into their own marriages. That wives would develop into the Virtuous Women the Father desires for them to be – covering their husbands and children in prayer, supporting the vision, and speaking life into their families. That together, husbands and wives would set a Godly example for their children.
For our Children: Praying that every believer would maintain open communication with their children; expressing their love, care, concern and compassion; and that they intercede for their children with the authority we have been given as believers in God’s Kingdom. Praying also that the children would receive the correction and instruction of their parents, and that they grow in grace and knowledge day-by-day.
For Singles: That every single believer would walk in purity, holiness, righteousness and virtue. That they abstain from even the appearance of evil (1 Thes 5:22). That they develop into the men and women the Father needs them to be – Single, Saved, Complete, Whole, Entire, and at Rest IN HIM! So that if they desire to Marry, that they would do so only after maximizing their season on singleness and becoming The Blessing the Father desires for them to be, for their future spouse.
So what does this mean to you today? With these suggestions, the only thing left to do is to actually pray. So let’s do just that.
Closing Prayer: Father, I thank You for blessing me to be able to ask, seek, and knock. I come to You with the confidence of knowing that everything I am asking for is in live with Your Word. I pray for believers all over the world. I pray that we would not be care-carriers, but rather care-casters; casting our cares upon You. Thank You for taking our cares and giving us Your rest. We labor to enter into Your rest and we do just that, as we rest from our own works. We are able to do all things through Christ and we seek to do all that You bless us to do, with Your grace and peace. We ask You to tear down the racial walls that divide us, so that we would all be ONE in You. We ask You to be involved in our marriages so that we would submit to one another and walk in love with one another daily. We ask You to watch and protect our children; blessing them to maximize their purpose and potential in life. And we ask you to bless our singles, so that they would maximize their season of singleness. Father, we believe 2012 is going to be a great year for the Body of Christ. We believe You will Fulfill Your Promises in our lives this year and we believe all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen!
This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper!