“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).
Sometime today you may sense a stirring in your soul to pray for someone. You may be standing in a checkout line in a grocery store or parked at a gas station and notice someone. Deep within there is an awakening that this one needs prayer. This is God initiating a prayer within you. To respond, simply ask the Lord to pray through you. Ask God to reshape this person’s context to bring about some great good. Instead of “praying through” to break into God’s presence, let God “pray through” you, by the Spirit of Jesus giving you a prompting inside. Commit to do this each time you are in the presence of other people today.
Lord, use me today to be Your instrument in the life of each person I come into contact with today. Pray through me by the power of Your Spirit to transform the hearts, minds and lives of others for Your glory!
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This resource 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 God as the high and lofty One who lives forever, who lives in a high and holy place, but also with those who are contrite and lowly in spirit (Isa. 57:15). Thank him for choosing the lowliness of the cross to show his power and wisdom to the world (1 Cor. 1:20-25). Confess any resistance on your part to sharing in the humility of the gospel. Commit yourself to laying your pride daily before the feet of Christ. Ask Jesus to help you empty yourself in service to God, as he did (Philippians 2).
Pray that the leaders of your country will be given the humility to seek wisdom and strength from God for their tasks.
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