Several years ago as I tried to define prayer, God led me through a series of steps. At first I thought of prayer simply as talking with God. Then, the idea of relationship emerged, and I began to see that prayer is the talking part of a relationship with God. Months later my definition changed again, and I began to understand that prayer is the talking part of a love relationship with God. But there was still more I had to learn. I came to see that prayer was the talking part of the most important love relationship in our lives. With that addition I thought that I finally had it, but some years later God added one more element. Then the definition, a definition that I live with today, came out as “prayer is the conversational part of the most important love relationship in our lives, our love relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
Prayer helps us to grow into and live out of that most important of all love relationships. But, of course, it’s only as good as we make it. How good is your love relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit today? What needs to happen in your life to deepen this bond with the Three in One?
Father, Son and Holy Spirit…thank You for loving me so much that You desire to share Your heart with me in intimate fellowship. Show me how to deepen my desire to seek more of all that You are and to lean into Your Presence to hear Your voice. May my heart resonate with the purposes of Your kingdom more fully and completely so that I may always be in tune with Your work and Your plans happening around, in and through me.
–Adapted from Be Jesus in Your Neighborhood: Developing a Prayer, Care, Share Lifestyle in 30 Days by Alvin VanderGriend. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God for choosing the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and the weak things to shame the strong (1 Cor. 1:27). Thank God that your salvation does not depend on your wisdom but on his grace alone (Eph. 2:8-9). Confess your self-sufficiency (Lk. 16:11-13). Commit yourself to doing what the Lord requires of you to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God (Mic. 6:8). Ask God to show you clearly the depth of the riches of wisdom and knowledge of God (Rom. 11:33).
Pray that your church leaders will show God’s wisdom by their godly lives and deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom (Jas. 3:13).
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