“…in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” (Daniel 9:2-3).
We can “hear” as Daniel did from the scriptures. We may not know dates and times as he did, but we know from the scriptures that God wills to glorify His name in the earth, extend His kingdom, build His church, disperse the gospel, call workers into the harvest fields, defeat the powers of darkness, and reach out in love to a lost and hurting world.
Knowing from the scriptures that God purposes to do these things should motivate us to pray passionately and persistently for their accomplishment. The better we know scripture, the better we will know God’s purposes. The better we know God’s purposes, the better we will pray.
God of Grace, Your heart is written clearly upon and within Your word. As I read, study, memorize and absorb Your words of life, may I be a reflection of all that is contained in them! Fill me with a deep desire to listen to Your voice through Your word so that I might live a kingdom-focused life for Your glory!
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise your God, who is the giver of all good gifts (Mt. 7:11). Thank him for his promise to give you “whatever you wish” (Jn. 15:7) if you remain in him. Confess times when you have failed to thank God for his many spiritual and temporal gifts to you. Commit yourself to imitating God’s generosity as you give to others and to God. Ask him to help you freely give as you have freely received (Mt. 10:8).
Pray that parents of small children will give of their time to their children while they are young. Ask that family time will be viewed as a sacred trust and not as a burden.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.