As our High Priest who walked on this earth as we do (1 Jn. 2:16, 4:17), our Lord understands temptation (Mt. 4:1-11; Heb. 2:18), weariness associated with our present fleshly body, the necessity of pressing forward in the kingdom assignments God our Father has led us to complete (Mt. 26:36-46; Heb. 4:15), and looking to God alone for directions about the next step to take (Lk. 6:12-16). Subsequently, the Spirit of God is the one who prompts us to pray even when we cannot adequately articulate a burden (Rom. 8:26-27). He clearly helps believers pray with God’s heart and mind by revealing the things that are ours in Christ (Jn. 14:26, 16:12-15) by virtue of our identification in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:1-10).
In this relationship we do not pray for the purpose of trying to get God to do what we want; that is, get Him to conform Himself to our will. However, He delights in and invites us to pour out our hearts to Him (Ps. 62:8; Jn. 16: 23-24). We can experience His heart and mind (Phil. 2:5-8) in the tribulations we experience in this present world (Jn. 16:33; Gal. 1:4). We are to let the mind of Christ be in us as His servants, who serve as their Lord served (Jn. 4:34). Consequently, most Christians tragically live in prayer that is one-sided—with no enjoyment of relationship in prayer. Many have not learned to listen to God! The center point for listening to God and growing in our prayer relationship and practice is learning how to meditate in His special revelation to us, the Bible. Meditation-based prayer founded in God’s inerrant, infallible Word is therefore the central means by which we build our relationship with God and one another. It further affirms our complete dependency on His fully sustaining sufficiency revealed through His heart and mind in prayer (Eph. 6:18; Col. 3:16).
Spirit of the Living God, I acknowledge my complete dependence upon You! Help me to listen when I am anxious to speak. Show me Your plans and purposes when I am tempted to establish my own! Draw me into Your Word so that I might meditate upon it day and night, committing it to memory and obeying it as You have commanded! May the mind of Christ be in me as I serve the body of Christ in Your Name.
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 18, Praying with God’s Heart and Mind by Joel Wilson). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Using Psalm 145, praise the King whose greatness goes beyond your comprehension (145:1, 3). Give thanks for the opportunity to worship him. Confess any unwillingness or negligence in daily worship (145:2). Commit yourself to meditating on his works and proclaiming his great deeds daily (145:3-7). Ask God to lead you in worship that brings him joy.
Ask God to prompt the saints in your church to join in praising him for his grace, compassion, and patience (145:8-10). Pray that such praise will convince many to follow the Lord (145:11-13).
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