“…yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
The thing that marked the prayer life of Jesus was His perfect submission to the will of the Father. Whether it was His acceptance of the cross at Gethsemane or His powerful prayer for the church in John 17, we know that in all things Jesus was committed to His Father’s kingdom purposes. It is not always easy to discern the perfect will of God; however, as we seek His heart and increase our knowledge of His Word, His Spirit will teach us. As we lay our hearts alongside of God’s plan in the smaller things of life, He will gradually teach us how to pray in the larger, more significant times. It brings great joy and peace to walk in harmony with the King of kings.
Lord Jesus, help me to walk in submission to the Father as You did. May I patiently seek to be faithful in the small things of life so that God may receive glory. Teach me by the power of Your Spirit to discern Your perfect will.
–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.
Magnify God as the one whose Word will outlive this world (Isa. 40:8). Thank Jesus that he is coming again to establish a new heaven and earth, at an hour that the Father has set (Mt. 24:30-31, 36). Confess those times when you let this perspective slip out of your daily life and prayers. Commit yourself daily to setting your hope and expectation on Jesus’ coming again. Ask God to show you what you must do in the time that you have left (24:45-51).
Pray for the homes you know that are nominally Christian, that God would set their hearts on fire and may show them the urgency of his kingdom work.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.