“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
To sense a need or a call to meditate on a particular passage in Scripture, I need to start by praying over it and specifically asking God these questions:
- What do You want to teach me?
- Are You rebuking or correcting me?
- What training in righteousness do You have for me?
Praying over a passage gives the Holy Spirit an opportunity to accomplish His purposes without our getting in His way.
Holy Spirit, what do You want to teach me today? Please show me the things I may have said or done that grieve You. Help me to listen to Your heart so that I may be trained more fully in the ways of Your Son today.
Adapted from The Path toward Passion: Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s by Dean Trune.
Praise God for his sovereignty. Thank him for using ordinary people to prompt effectiveness in the Christian movement. Confess those occasions when you knew God was calling you to take a stand . . . and you didn’t. Commit yourself to depending on God’s power with renewed faith to act on those opportunities which shape the church of tomorrow (Col. 4:5-6). Ask, “Lord, what can I do to bring about positive change in your church?”
Pray that your worship together reflects a celebration of who God is. Pray for the empowerment of all God’s children to use their gifts and talents in service of the sovereign Lord.
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).