“…and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:21-22).
One of the main reasons so many Christians fail to pray or believe the wrong things about prayer is the seeming “hit or miss” aspect to much of our praying. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. So we develop a bad theology to cover our misses and turn prayer into something it was never meant to be. This problem happens when we look at prayer as a way of getting things from God. If I pray long enough, have enough faith, get enough people to join me in prayer, just maybe I’ll get what I want from God. But prayer is not “my way of getting things from God.” Prayer is God’s chosen way of accomplishing His will on this planet! My job in prayer is to draw near in intimacy. As I begin to understand a bit of the Lord’s heart on a matter, then I begin to ask Him to accomplish what is already His will. It is at that point that prayer becomes a powerful change agent to achieve the Lord’s purposes.
“I thank You Lord, that You have not left us to our own devices to fight this battle. You have provided for us the powerful sword of Your Word, and the amazing gift of prayer. In Your holy name, Lord Jesus, we take up Your Word and ask You to make us more and more a people of Your Word. Show us how to effectively bring Your Word before You in prayer in such a way that the enemy is defeated.”
–Adapted from The Devil Goes to Church (Prayer as Spiritual Warfare) by David Butts. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise the Lord God Almighty, whose deeds are great and marvelous. Thank God for the opportunity to become godly, and that “godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:8). Confess your lack of the devotion to God which results in a life pleasing to him. Commit yourself to a life of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Col. 3:12). Ask that the grace of God will teach you “to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live [a] self-controlled, upright and godly [life] in this present age” (Titus 2:12).
Pray that your church leaders will be uncompromising examples of godliness for your congregation. Ask that they will receive consistent support from the congregation.
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