“They said to Samuel, ‘Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines’” (1 Samuel 7:8).
When a friend confides in you that he and his wife have been doing quite a bit of arguing lately, don’t just offer him the latest Christian book on marriage. Volunteer to pray for him. When your neighbor whispers to you that she’s headed to the doctor tomorrow because of a suspicious lump in her breast, don’t just say, “I hope it turns out okay.” Offer to pray for her. When a work associate complains about being stressed out by everything that’s got to get done, don’t just commiserate by reciting your own “to do” list. Pose the question: “Would you mind if I pray for you? I’ve found that asking God for help does wonders for me. Let me pray for you.”
Ninety-nine percent of the times that I offer to pray for people (which I’m doing more and more these days), they give me the green light to go ahead. Christians and unbelievers alike!
Lord, You are active all around me, and so often I miss opportunities to bring the needs of others before You. Give me boldness to offer to pray for those who confide their struggles to me; not tomorrow or the next day, but on the spot! Don’t let me waste those holy moments when I am able to touch heaven on behalf of someone who asks! Let me be an encourager and a conduit of Your power so that no one who comes to me asking for prayer goes away without being lifted up before You!
Adapted from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem.
Praise God for his faithfulness (2 Cor. 1:18). Give thanks that “no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (1:20). Confess any reluctance to trust God. Commit to consciously remembering that God has “anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (1:21-22). Ask him to lead you in celebrating this faithfulness in worship.
Pray for the actions and attitudes of God’s people as they go out into your community to impact the unsaved. Ask God to use the faithfulness of his people to draw many to himself.
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend