Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
Prayer is a wonderful power placed by Almighty God in the hands of His saints, which may be used to accomplish great purposes and to achieve unusual results. Prayer reaches to everything, takes in all things great and small which are promised by God to men. The only limit to prayer are the promises of God and His ability to fulfill those promises. (E. M. Bounds, The Possibilities of Prayer [Baker, 1979])
In every true prayer there are two hearts in exercise. The one is your heart, with its little, dark, human thoughts of what you need and God can do. The other is God’s great heart, with its infinite, its divine purpose of blessing. What think you? To which of these two ought the larger place be given in your approach to Him? Undoubtedly, to the heart of God: everything depends upon knowing and being occupied with that. . . . This is what waiting on God is meant to teach you. (Andrew Murray, The Prayer Life [Whitaker, 1981])
Awesome Father, Your infinite heart astonishes me! How can I want anything more than to know You completely? Nothing pleases or delights or amazes me more than You, but I find my heart pursuing my own agenda and plans. Help me to be continually aware of Your nearness and Your love for me so that I can be yielded to learn everything You wish to teach me. Show me how to patiently wait upon You.
Praise God for choosing you “before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Eph. 1:4). Thank him for choosing the poor in the world’s eyes to be rich in faith (Jas. 2:5). Confess the times when you have felt apathetic toward God’s lordship. Commit yourself to living in his promises as revealed in the Word. Ask God to help you live a holy and blameless life.
Ask God to prosper the work of world missionaries which your church supports. Pray for them and their families by name.
“It is in private prayer that we most easily get in touch with our spiritual selves.”
Christmas Gift Idea: Patterns for Prayer is a great resource to help you pray on target each day. It provides a year of prayer points in five key areas: Yourself, Friends and Family, Your Church, the World, the Lost. Using it as a daily prayer guide can stimulate you to pray the purposes of God. Connection! draws from this resource for the prayer points you see each day! Click here to order!
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