It happens to all of us! We see a homeless person, come upon the scene of an accident…or hear of a family in financial need. Immediately, we may think to pray in each of these situations, “Lord, please help that person. Send someone to meet that need!” What if God wants to use you and your family to be the answer to your prayer? Are you prepared to back up your prayers with action if the Lord directs? I believe that our Father wants us to learn how to be the hands and feet of His Son to hurting or lost people.
Since Jesus lives in us we should consider as we pray what He would do to meet this need or help this person if He were physically present – because He is! He is physically present in the midst of every situation because He is incarnate – in us! Could this thought and realization change the way you respond to the prayers that you pray? Instead of thinking that you have done the right thing by praying and then moving along to the next activity of your day…do you need to take your prayer to the next level by listening to what the voice of the Spirit speaks to your heart? How many opportunities have we missed because we have not acted in response to the impulse of the Spirit urging us to make Jesus known in the midst of lives or situations?
I believe that many prayers we pray can be answered quickly and with amazing results if we become better listeners to the voice of the Holy Spirit. If we could learn to change our mindset as we pray, I believe we would be used of God in mighty ways to be His agents of transformation. Can you imagine how fulfilling and exciting your lives would be if your family would continually wait upon the Lord to see how He may want to use you to be the answer to prayers that you pray?
Gracious Lord, so often I feel like I’ve done my part if I pray for someone in need, or pray for someone who has requested it. Sometimes I’m not very good at listening to Your voice speaking into and through my prayer so that I am aware of the ways You intend to use me to be the answer. Please give me a compassionate heart to respond to the voice of Your Spirit on behalf of those for whom I am interceding. Tenderize my heart when I want my own way, or feel like I am too busy to meet the needs of others. Help me to fully grasp Your kingdom work in ways that will bring honor and glory to Your Name. I want to be Your hands and feet, Father. Here I am! Send me!
–Adapted from the article Are You Ready to Be the Answer to the Prayers You Pray? by Kim Butts, author of The Praying Family: Creative Ways to Pray Together. This book is available at prayershop.org.
Praise God for the mystery of the Trinity—a model of love, unity, and oneness. Give thanks that God is able to bring a spirit of oneness among you and other believers, “so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 15:5-6). Confess any comments, thoughts, or actions that may have led to division, rather than unity, between you and another Christian. Ask God to make you humble enough to see your own fault in strained relationships and to seek forgiveness and peace.
Ask God to put his special protection around the staff and leaders of your church, so that Satan will not be able to bring division through misunderstanding, pride, or self-interest (Phil. 2:1-3).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.