“Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying…” (Luke 8:41-42a).
When was the last time you prayed passionately about something? When was the last time you prayed passionately for the salvation of a spiritually lost friend or loved one? When was the last time you cried out to God for the wisdom you desperately needed to make a critical decision? When was the last time you pleaded with him to deliver you from a sin which has plagued you for far too long? When was the last time you interceded with a broken heart for those who are victimized by the tragedies of famine, AIDS, terrorism, or natural disaster?
Casual praying is so out of place in situations like these. If we’re more apt to yawn than to weep when we pray, something is definitely wrong.
–Taken from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).
Father, forgive my lack of passion over the things that should break my heart as they break Your own. I have become so desensitized by illness, death and destruction that I have not allowed myself to feel compassion and pain for others. Give me Your heart of love for people so that I might intercede from the depths of my soul.
Give highest praise to God as the all-sufficient one, “El-Shaddai.” Thank God for being the strength of your heart and your inheritance forever (Ps. 73:26). Confess to him your reliance on material wealth or possessions to make you feel secure and satisfied. Commit yourself to saying, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (73:25). Ask God to help you grasp how completely his love and presence surround you in this day.
Ask God to reveal to you one person whom you should invite to worship this week or at least invite over for a meal or a cup of coffee.
“It appears that God has so ordered life and the world that our praying is a vital part of his redemptive plan for individuals and the entire universe.”
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).