“Now that great man [David Brainerd] did his greatest work by prayer. He was in the depths of those forests (Editor’s Note: Brainerd was a missionary to Native Americans in New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania from 1743-1747) alone, unable to speak the language of the Indians, but he spent whole days literally in prayer. What was he praying for? He knew he could not reach these savages, for he did not understand their language. If he wanted to speak at all, he must find somebody who could vaguely interpret his thought. Therefore he knew that anything he could do must be absolutely dependent upon God. So he spent whole days in praying, simply that the power of the Holy Ghost might come upon him so unmistakably that these people would not be able to stand before Him.
What was his answer? Once he preached through a drunken interpreter, a man so intoxicated that he could hardly stand up. This was the best he could do. Yet scores were converted through that sermon. We can account for it only that it was the tremendous power of God behind him. (A. J. Gordon, quoted in E. M. Bounds, The Weapon of Prayer [Baker, 1987]
Compassionate King, You work through the frailest of humans to accomplish Your deeds upon the earth. Sometimes I am so dependent upon my own abilities and so protective of my precious time that I have neglected to seek Your face for longer than a few minutes at a time. Please help me to realize that time spent in my prayer closet is the most divine activity I could ever pursue. Forgive me for my selfish desire to have my own way rather than to place my dependence in You alone.
Glorify the Lord, who is gracious, full of compassion, and gentle with the weak (Ps. 116:5). Thank God for rescuing you during those times when you needed his help, even when you didn’t ask for it (116:8). Confess the times when you have been impatient with others in need. Commit yourself to remembering throughout this day God’s compassion for you and to reflecting that compassion to others. Ask God to help you fulfill this vow.
Ask God to make the congregations in your community centers of kindness, where those in need will find the hands of Jesus ministering to them.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.
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