Weekly Prayer Focus (30)

By Rebecca Clopp

‭‭MONDAY

“When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭NASB

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 

“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬-‭12‬ ‭NASB

‭‭Each beatitude tells how to be blessed. “ Blessedness” means more than happiness. It implies the fortunate or enviable state of those who are in God’s kingdom. The Beatitudes don’t promise laughter, pleasure, or earthly prosperity. To Jesus, “blessed” means the experience of hope and  joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no mater the cost. ( Life Application Study Bible.)

TUESDAY‭‭

Seasoning 

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬-‭16‬ ‭NASB

‭‭If seasoning has no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, they are not obeying God. If we are too much like the world, we are worthless. Christians should not blend in with everyone else. Instead we must affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best in food. (Life Application Study Bible.)

Pray about what Jesus taught !

WEDNESDAY           

Jesus Teaches about Anger

“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.”

Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭21‬-‭26‬ ‭NASB

‭‭If we claim to love God while our actions show that we hate others—we are hypocrites! Our attitudes must reflect our relationship with God. ( Life Application Study Bible.) 

Repentance 

Forgiveness 

Obedience 

Listen 

Pray 

‭‭THURSDAY

Jesus Teaches about loving your Enemies 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭43‬-‭48‬ ‭NASB

‭‭By loving and praying for our enemies, we can overcome evil with good. 

Pray 

FRIDAY

Jesus Teaches about Prayer 

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭5‬-‭15‬ ‭NASB 

‭‭With a sincere heart pray what you mean. 

Pray 

SATURDAY

Jesus Teaches about Asking, Seeking, Knocking 

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭7‬-‭12‬ ‭NASB

‭‭Jesus tells us to persist in pursuing God. People often give up after a few halfhearted efforts and conclude that God cannot be found. But knowing God takes faith, obedience, and follow-through, and Jesus assures us that we will be rewarded. Don’t give up! Continue to ask him for more knowledge, patience, wisdom, love, and understanding. Jesus answers prayer. (Life Application Study Bible.)

Pray 

‭‭SUNDAY

Jesus Teaches about Fruit in People’s Lives 

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.”

Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭15‬-‭20‬ ‭NASB 

‭‭Pray