“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:2-6).
Paul was excited about His testimony. He certainly had a powerful one! You may not feel that you have a testimony that would excite anyone about the kingdom of God, but you are wrong! Perhaps your conversion experience wasn’t very exciting – you grew up in a Christian home and just always knew you loved the Lord Jesus. But what else has God done in your life? Has He rescued you, healed you, provided for you, blessed you, or answered your prayers in amazing ways? Can you recall His goodness and faithfulness to you and your family? Impact the heart of an unbeliever by telling the story of how God has loved you and watched over your every step.
Heavenly King, help me to proclaim what You have done for me clearly and boldly. Give me opportunities to share how You changed my life so that others might meet You.
–Adapted from Pray like the King: Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
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Praise the Lamb of God, who was beaten and crucified for the sins of the world. Thank him for taking your place, your punishment, your sins on himself. Confess the sins that have been on your conscience this past week, knowing that God will deal gently with you (Heb. 4:14-16). Commit yourself to living for Christ, not for the empty way of life that his blood redeemed you from (1 Pet. 1:18-19). Ask Jesus to help you understand the depth of the love that sent him to the cross for you.
Intercede for specific missionaries that you know, asking God to protect them from evil, provide for all their financial needs, and encourage them by giving a good response to their message.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.