“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind” (James 1:5-6).
God does not want us simply to toss requests at him, hoping that some of them will be answered. He wants us to ask, knowing he is there, claiming what he promises, trusting that he will act in line with his nature and that his purposes will be achieved. That’s praying in faith. When you ask a person for something in good faith, you don’t ask for something the person would not be willing to give. Similarly, if you truly know God, you will only ask for what is in accord with his will and not for anything that is purely selfish. If you want to grow strong in prayer, grow strong in faith. If you want to grow strong in faith, get to know God better. If you want to get to know God better, spend time with him, reading his Word and listening to his Spirit.
Father, draw me closer to You today so that my requests will be in line with Your perfect will. Keep my prayers focused upon Your kingdom come, Your will be done rather than upon my own selfishness. I want to know You, Lord God! Give me the discipline I need to dig into Your Word, spend time with You and help me to listen to the voice of Your Spirit!
–Adapted from Love to Pray: A 40 Day Devotional for Developing Your Prayer Life by Alvin J. 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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Praise the Lord, “the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Ex. 34:6). Thank God that you have been forgiven of all your sins because of Jesus’ work for you. Confess in detail your sins, asking for a greater awareness of sin in your life. Commit yourself to putting on “the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24). Ask “to be made new in the attitude of your [mind]” (Eph. 4:23).
Pray that no animosities or rivalries will be at home in your congregation, and that your congregation will experience peace and wholeness. Ask that you and your fellow Christians will prize the healthy relationships which you have with each other.
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