Ole Hallesby affirms that the one grand-scale purpose of prayer is to glorify God. He says, “The fundamental law in prayer is this: Prayer is given and ordained for the purpose of glorifying God. Prayer is the appointed way of giving Jesus an opportunity to exercise His supernatural power of salvation. And in so doing he desires to make use of us. . . . We should through prayer give Jesus the opportunity of gaining access to our souls, our bodies, our homes, our neighborhoods, our countries, to the whole world, to the fellowship of believers and to the unsaved.” Intercession that flows from this way of thinking will no doubt be glorifying to God.
When we think of intercession as more for God than for us, all kinds of things will change. We will ask different questions. Instead of asking, “Where is the problem?” we will ask, “Where does God want to work?” Instead of asking, “What do we want from God?” we will ask, “What does God want for us and for those we pray for?” Instead of asking, “What will we gain?” we will ask, “How will God be glorified if He grants what I ask; how will He gain?” We will pray different kinds of prayers. We will pray less for relief and more for sufficient grace. We will pray less for comfort and more for spiritual growth. We will be less concerned with what He can do for us and more concerned for what we can do for Him. Intercession will become a way in which we co-labor with God to accomplish His will and bring in His kingdom. Intercessors yearn for God’s work to be done.
Lord God Almighty, I give You honor and praise because You are worthy, gracious, wise and loving towards all You have made! Mold my heart and bring it into alignment with Your purposes. Teach me how to ask the right questions so that my intercession will be powerful and effective in accomplishing Your will on this earth. I desire to be Your co-laborer as Your kingdom comes! Help me to give Jesus free access to move in and through me as I press in for the sake of Your glory!
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God even in your weakness, believing that in Christ, when you are weak, then you are strong (2 Cor. 12:10). Thank God for opportunities to serve him with perseverance and purpose. Confess those times when you chose to believe that spiritual power comes from within you. Commit yourself to appropriate “boasting” in your weaknesses so that Christ’s power might be made even more evident in your life (12:9). Ask God to help you “delight” even in the tough times of life.
Pray that Christians in every part of the globe will be strengthened to do battle with the evil spiritual forces that are at work in our world. Pray for an outpouring of God’s power throughout his church worldwide.
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