“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
It becomes an important part of attaining maturity in Christ that we learn to pray through our faith struggles based on what the Word has said is true in our lives. It is important to affirm that fact in our prayers, much as Jesus did in John 17:4-5: “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” Here are some affirmations that God has said about us. Pray these out loud to the Lord: “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Father, thank You for the promises You have made to me. Help me to pray through the struggles of life, believing that what You have said about me is true!
–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.
Praise God for his wisdom—for your being in Christ Jesus who has become for you wisdom from God! (1 Cor. 1:30, 2:7). Thank God that you may have the full riches of complete understanding to know the mystery of God, namely Christ (Col. 2:2). Confess your lack of understanding. Commit yourself to being wise in the things of God, who makes the wisdom of the world look like foolishness (1 Cor. 1:19-20). Ask God to keep you from being a “wise guy” and to help you lead others to biblical wisdom.
Pray that Christians will cooperate to resolve many of the issues that separate, rather than unite, neighbors, communities, nations, and peoples, in the love of Jesus.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.