Prayer as a Spiritual Discipline

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

One reason for prayer is the simple need we all have to know God. There is no way to draw near to the Lord apart from prayer. It is in prayer that we express to the Lord our love for Him, our faith in Him, our worship of Him, and our surrender to Him. If for no other reason, the desire for intimacy with Christ ought to bring us daily to our knees.

Another reason for praying is simple obedience. God says to pray…so we pray. This is especially important during those times in our lives when we don’t feel like praying. These spiritual “dry times” can happen to us all. Often, the only thing that will lead us out of such dryness is sticking with the routine of daily prayer and time in God’s Word. Developing a spiritual discipline out of obedience to the Lord is a bulwark against spiritual dryness, laziness, and busyness.

–Adapted from the article Partnering with God in Prayer by David Butts  (Click on the title for more information about this resource).

Father, my delight is in You! I long to remain in Your Presence continually. Yet, there are seasons in my life where other things or situations lure me away from staying close to You. May I quickly recognize those times and turn my focus back upon Your beautiful face! I desire You more than the seductions of the world and still I continue to allow myself to get mired in busyness or to let spiritual laziness creep into my heart. Turn my rebellion into obedience so that I might continually immerse myself in Your word and commune with You in prayer. I long for that kind of deep intimacy with You! Please give me the strength I need to walk with You continually.

Prayer Points
Praise “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3). Thank God for coming to you with his compassion and comfort in your times of need. Confess insensitivity toward others who need you to be a channel of God’s compassion and comfort. Commit to an openhearted lifestyle. Ask God to love someone through you this week.

Pray for the unsaved to be warmed and opened by the compassion and comfort brought by God’s people. Ask that they be moved to accept God’s central compassion and comfort in the person of Christ Jesus.

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