The most powerful, praying Christians that I have met were some Christians in Romania. They understood the nature and the character of God because they filled their minds with Scripture.
It was inspiring to go to a prayer meeting in Romania. Not only did many pray with an understanding of the Word of God, but many were free to pray with their emotions. They wept when they prayed for non-Christians. They rejoiced when they thanked God for the good things He had done.
But there was one outstanding characteristic of those Christians that challenged my prayer life. They prayed with a heart that was set on doing the will of God. Although the will of God often brought suffering and persecution into their lives, they prayed with a will that was bent toward God. They learned to search for God with their whole hearts.
Most Christians in the Western world pray with only part of their hearts. Although many have a good knowledge of the Bible and the attributes of God, they pray with only their minds. We must learn to weep as Jesus wept over a lost humanity. We must learn to hurt as Jesus hurts for the non-Christian world. We must not fear praying with our emotions.
I am not referring to emotionalism; I am referring to praying with the passion of Christ. Christians must learn to pray according to sound biblical principles. Effective praying will always be rooted in the truth of God’s Word. Effective praying will not be given to emotional tangents and experiences. Experience and emotion will always come under the searchlight of God’s Word. They must live up to the truth.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit (Click on the link for more information about this resource).
Oh Lord, I want to commune with You wholeheartedly, holding nothing back! It is so easy to fall into praying with my mind alone, rather than worshiping You in spirit and truth. Help me not to fear suffering, but to embrace those moments as opportunities to lift up Your name. Prepare me for whatever difficulty lies ahead as the end of days approaches. Give my heart a deep compassion for those lost in darkness, and for those who are poor and marginalized and hurting. Compel me to be Your hands and feet as You use me for the purposes of Your kingdom.
Praise God for the liberality of his love. Give thanks for the ways that he has blessed you. Confess any attempts you have made to meet your needs or the needs of others in your own strength. Commit yourself to a lifestyle of generosity as you handle your personal finances and assets. Ask God to keep your motives pure as you have opportunity to help others (Mt. 6:1).
Ask God to meet the needs of your family or friends who are experiencing a lack of physical necessities.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend. Click on the title for more information on this resource.