“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).
Devotion to prayer was one of the marks of the early church. In Acts 2:42, Luke lists four areas of devotion that marked the Jerusalem church: apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer. The rest of Acts demonstrates its devotion, as a praying church breaks out of Judea and embarks upon its mission to the world.
God’s call to His people today is for nothing less than that demonstrated by the first believers. As we depend upon His power through prayer, we establish His kingdom in the lives of men and women everywhere, seeing Christ’s kingdom advance among the nations.
Father, may I be a devoted intercessor, committed to seeing Your kingdom established in the lives of all people in order to see Your glory spread throughout the world.
–Adapted from Prayer and the End of Days (Praying God’s Purposes in Troubled Times) by David Butts. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Glorify God as the all-sufficient one, who through his limitless power fills everything in every way (Eph. 1:23). Thank God for giving you his Spirit to meet all your needs as you do his will. Confess those times you have sought fulfillment in ways which did not honor God. Commit your needs to him (Phil. 4:19). Ask God for a greater awareness of his power to help you grow spiritually (2 Pet. 1:3-8).
Pray for friends who struggle with material or spiritual poverty. Ask God to help them understand that he can meet both areas of need with his riches in Christ.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.