“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life” (Psalm 42:8).
Somehow, for some reason, almighty God has not only decided that He wants to be in relationship with us and communicate with us, but He also has provided the method to do it. A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, said it well a century ago: “The mystery of prayer! There is nothing like it in the natural universe…marvelous bond of prayer that can span the gulf between the Creator and the creature, the infinite God and the humblest and most illiterate child.”
While we cannot fully explain it, the fact remains: Prayer is an awesome privilege! If you are starting out on your faith journey, do everything you can to grow in prayer. It will bring adventure, mystery, and a sense of the presence of God into your life. Prayer will prove to be the key to a vibrant relationship with God.
Father, we are awed that You have chosen to bring Your creation near through prayer, and that You desire for us to be actively involved in Your plans and purposes. Continue to draw us into Your Presence, teaching us to pray with power and effectiveness.
–Adapted from The Power of Personal Prayer (Learning to Pray with Faith and Purpose) by Jonathan Graf. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God that he is a provider, meeting “all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). Thank God that you do not need to believe in luck, chance, fate or fortune. Confess any times in which you have believed in yourself as your provider. Commit yourself to not being “anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (4:6). Ask that God’s peace, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus (4:7).
Pray that specific non-Christians whom you know will be struck by the futility of living without God and will seek out a relationship with Jesus Christ.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.