“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Ps. 19:14).
Beware of formulas that can trip you up as you pray. Sometimes when the Lord shows us a specific way to pray for a situation, we write it down in the hope that it may be helpful to others but it becomes a formula. We don’t mean for it to happen, but once its on paper it takes on a life of its own. The prayer or symbolism or method becomes the focus, rather than God. Remember that God told Moses to strike the rock the first time and speak to it the second time. Keep your focus on what God wants and His timing.
Even the schedules that are so helpful to us in the beginning as we learn to spend time in prayer (now I praise, now I repent, now I ask, etc). can become not only the means but the end with little thought to what is on HIS heart today, so be careful. Let Him form the words—let Him be your focus!
Lord keep my eyes focused on You rather than any prayer formula. I long to understand Your thoughts today, Lord!
Praise God as Comforter, Immanuel (“God with us”), Paraclete (“one who stands alongside”). Give thanks for his promise: “I . . . have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand” (Isa. 42:6). Confess those times when you have doubted that God’s hand has been in front of and behind you, guarding your life (Ps. 139:5). Commit the times of your life into God’s hands (Ps. 31:14-15). Ask him to show you how close he is to you.
Ask God to make you his hands of compassion in the life of one unsaved person this week.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.