Weekly Prayer Focus (34)

By Rebecca Clopp

MONDAY 

 Jesus Warns against Temptation 

“Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. 

If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell.”

Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭7‬-‭9‬ ‭NASB

‭‭Sin affects our minds and hearts. Remember, you must eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive. Any relationship, activity or practice that leads to sin must be stopped. Spend time listening to God, read His word and ask for help. He will save you NOW!

 TUESDAY 

Jesus Warns against Looking down on Others

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.”

Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭10‬, ‭12‬-‭14‬ ‭NASB 

‭‭Jesus Loves the little children! All the children of the world. It’s a believer’s responsibility to guide children to Jesus through our word’s, acts of kindness, and example. Prayer for all the children. 

WEDNESDAY 

Jesus Teaches About Discipline and Prayer 

“If your brother sins , go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭15‬-‭20‬ NASB 

‭‭Church decisions should be God guided and based on discernment of His Word. Through His Holy Spirit two or more believers praying according to God’s will, not their own; thus their request will be granted. (Life Application Study Bible.)

Let the Holy Spirit guide you as you pray. 

THURSDAY 

Jesus Teaches about                    

Serving Others 

“Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him. And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She *said to Him, “Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They *said to Him, “We are able.” He *said to them, “My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.” And hearing this, the ten became indignant with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Matthew‬ ‭20‬:‭20‬-‭28‬ ‭NASB

‭‭Remember, Jesus came to save and serve! We too are called to serve others.

Pray for the direction God has for you and be ready to let others see Jesus in you. 

FRIDAY 

Jesus Says the Disciples

—Pray for Anything—

“Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry. Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He *said to it, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.” And at once the fig tree withered. Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, “How did the fig tree wither all at once?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭18‬-‭22‬ ‭NASB

‭Jesus statement is not a blank check. To be fulfilled, our requests must be in harmony with God’s Word. The stronger our belief, the more likely our prayers will be in line with God’s will.  When we Praise Him—repent, worship, pray, only trust Him—Obey Him surrender, serve, give, love, forgive! His answered prayer may not be what you asked for but just what you need. Amen! Hallelujah! 

SATURDAY 

Jesus Tells about His Return 

“So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. 

“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 

Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭26‬-‭35‬ ‭NASB

‭‭Prayer is the key for being ready for His return. 

 SUNDAY 

  Stay Ready 

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. 

Be ready for His return! 

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭36‬-‭51‬ ‭NASB 

‭‭ Jesus is coming back! Praise Him! Pray to Him!