“Christ in us, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
I believe there are two foundations for lifelong service. The first is our desire for God Himself. This desire must be cultivated. It is not automatic. Without this desire, everything else becomes mechanics…merely “how-to” courses in the spiritual life. Psalm 63 is a great example of a leader (David) who had cultivated desire in his life. One of the most helpful things we can do is to pray Psalm 63 as a way of developing this desire for God. The second foundation to a consistent life of service is an awareness of Christ living in you. As we go through the day, whatever the tasks ahead of us, we must always keep before us this amazing truth: The Lord of the universe has come to take up residence within us. We are not on our own. Jesus lives within.
Father, I long for all that You are to be part of all that I am. Develop a deep desire within me for greater intimacy with You so that serving others will be a natural result of our relationship.
–Adapted from The Life of Prayer for the Life of Service by Dave Butts, written by Forgotten Power: A Simple Theology of a Praying Church available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise the God who supplies all your needs. Give thanks for the many material blessings you enjoy in this life. Confess any dissatisfaction or jealousy you have felt about God’s provision for you. Commit yourself to living a truly thankful life. Ask God to give you today your daily bread (Mt. 6:11).
Pray for those who lack the necessities of life. Ask God to provide for specific needs of which you are aware.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.