“God-friendship is for God-worshipers; they are the ones he confides in” (Psa. 25:14 THE MESSAGE).
Details are what friends share. It is this sharing of intimate details that separates a slave from a friend. The master only gives orders to his slave; he shares secrets with a friend. To pray effectively, we must transition out of viewing ourselves as servants, but as confidants of the Lord. Oswald Sanders reminded us, “Each of us is as close to God as we choose to be.”
Don’t rush into God’s presence declaring and petitioning. Take time to listen to how God wants you to pray. Jesus, your Friend, wants to share His secrets with you. Resist any muddy motives and self-absorbing thoughts. Ask for the love of God to fill your heart so that you will pray with compassion and with genuine passion. Finally, remember that prayer is the most powerful force we can ever utilize. To optimize your prayers—and fulfill His purposes for you as an intercessor—let the Holy Spirit show you how to pray for a particular need in such a way that would expand God’s Kingdom in the earth!
Thank You, Lord, for calling us Your friends—for being willing to share intimate details with us. Our desire is to be good listeners who understand Your heart, who believe and act upon Your Word.
–Taken from an article by Joseph Winger, incenseRising, May 2005
Praise God for being perfectly just in all his works. Thank him for loving righteousness and justice (Ps. 33:5). Confess any ungodly bias you harbor toward any people. Commit yourself to viewing others with a loving, Christlike attitude. Ask God to help you value justice more highly in all relationships of life.
Pray that the members of your family will treat each other with mutual love and respect.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend