“Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care” (Psalm 95:3, 6-7).
Bowing and kneeling express our humility as we draw near to God’s throne. I’m not going to suggest that we should always kneel when we pray. Certainly, we find people in Scripture praying in other postures as well. But I would like to recommend that we drop our habit of approaching God in a cavalier fashion, lounging in chairs with our legs crossed, as if we were sipping coffee with a pal. I must confess that this is a pet peeve of mine. Whenever I’m circled up with a group that is about to pray I’m tempted to say something to those who look a bit too relaxed. So far I’ve managed to resist the urge – but I haven’t been as reticent with my kids. They’ve heard me instruct, on more than one occasion, “Sit up, now – we’re talking to the King!”
–Taken from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem. (Click on the title for more information about this resource).
King Jesus, give me a deep awareness of the holiness of Your Presence when I come before You in prayer so that I don’t approach Your throne lightly. Prayer is not a magic formula that requires a few muttered words. It is a plea from the depths of my heart to the vastness of Yours! Help me to pay attention to the fact that I am speaking to a God who listens and answers people like me. What an incredibly awesome and holy mystery!
Praise God for confiding in those who love him (Ps. 25:14). Give thanks for this developing relationship God has established with you. Confess those times when you have refused to share intimately with God. Commit yourself to seeking his companionship daily. Ask God to create within you a desire for intimacy, total honesty, acceptance, and joy in his presence.
Ask God to give you the opportunity and courage to befriend a person seeking a meaningful friendship. Ask that Jesus will be the center of your relationship.
“It is not possible to explain the power and effectiveness of the New Testament church without reference to prayer.” —Anonymous
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).