“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Shape your prayers according to God’s will, His purposes, and His ways. He will answer according to His will. He will never lay aside His purpose to answer your prayer.
Too often we focus our prayers on either our problem or our perceived solution. God wants us to focus on Him! When we focus on Him, our hearts are kept in perfect peace, as promised in Philippians 4:7. Our focus on God is evidence that we are walking by faith; leaving both the problem and the solution to Him.
What problem are you facing today? Rather than pray frantically, pray for a solution; why not submit your problem to God’s purposes in prayer? God wants to do more than simply solve your problem. He wants to demonstrate His miraculous, creative power for His own glory—thank Him in advance for doing so!
Awesome Father, Your purposes are beyond my comprehension, and yet, I long to be a part of all You are doing in the midst of Your people. I desire to walk by faith, and to trust in Your ability to do abundantly beyond anything I could ever think or imagine. May my eyes be fixed upon You, allowing You to deal with all of life’s situations and problems! Help me to lay aside my agendas and plans in favor of Your own, for I know that it is not by my own might or power, but by Your Spirit that my prayers are aligned with Your kingdom purposes!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 39, The Secret of Single-Minded Prayer by Eddie Smith). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God that your sighing is not hidden from him (Ps. 38:9). Give thanks that you can cast all your care on him because he cares for you (1 Pet. 5:7). Confess to God the many times you worry, are fearful, or trust in something other than God (Ps. 37:5-6). Commit yourself to daily food from God’s Word and time with him in prayer. Ask God for victorious faith that overcomes the world (1 Jn. 5:4).
Pray that your church will be living proof of the fact that God fulfills the desires of those who fear him (Ps. 145:19).
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.