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The Possibilities of Heaven

christmas_candles-600x450“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Matthew 26:41).

The greatest adventure man can embark on is prayer. Prayer has the ability to take the deepest thoughts and feelings of man before the Creator. At the same time prayer brings the nature, character, and purposes of God into the heart of man. Prayer can chart and change the course of human history. It can calm the heart in the midst of a raging storm and refresh the weary saint in the battles of life.

Prayer opens the possibilities of all that heaven has to offer us. Yet this adventure into the life of prayer cannot be taken lightly. When we enter the life of prayer we walk on holy ground. We come into the presence of a living God.

Many have never entered into the life of prayer because they lack understanding of prayer’s true nature. Perhaps this is why the disciples slept while Jesus prayed. And perhaps this is why the church sleeps in this generation while the world slides further and further into immorality and rebellion against God.

Glorious God, what an incredible adventure prayer has been in my life! As You stretch me more and more to ask with greater faith and trust, I am awed by how You reveal more of Your goodness to me. May I never fall into sleepy unawareness of Your Presence but always be fully awake to all that You want to do in and through me.

–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

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Prayer Points

Praise God who has invited you into his circle of fellowship through Jesus Christ. Thank him for his invitation to love him with your whole being (Mk.12:33). Confess to God that sometimes you don’t love and honor him as you should. Commit yourself to Deut. 10:12: “To fear the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, to love him, and to serve [him] with all your heart and with all your soul.” Ask God to enable you fulfill that commitment today.

Pray that the knowledge of Christ will spread throughout the whole world, even as a tiny seed grows into a large and vigorous plant (Mk. 4:31). Pray for faithful preachers of the gospel (Mt. 24:14).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

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