Breaking Up the Hard Soil

“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith” (2 Thessalonians 1:11).

Regardless of the nature or the source of the prayer request, God has called us all to intercede for others. It is a spiritual discipline. I find that most Christians are not lacking the desire to intercede for others, but they often lack a method for interceding. Interceding for others allows God to break up the hard “soil” in people’s hearts, preparing them to respond to the gospel or to grow in their relationship with God. Our great God knows exactly what to do with our intercessory prayers. He loves it when we intercede for others with a reckless and relentless passion for Him.

–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.  (Click on the title for more information about this resource).

Lord, change my passionless praying into passionate intercession!  How I long to be counted worthy of your calling so that by Your power You may fulfill every good purpose and act prompted by my faith!  Transform my heart from complacent to compassionate!

Prayer Points

Praise God for his unfathomable love. Give thanks that he will let nothing separate you from that love. Confess to God any lack of love for him. Commit yourself to loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Ask that your love may grow and overflow to others just as Christ’s love does to you (1 Thess. 3:12).

Pray for family members and friends to have a strong and growing love for God and for others.

Prayer Pointer

“I have lived to thank God that all my prayers have not been answered.” —Jean Ingelow

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on title for more information about this resource).