“These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:7).
Supplication is much more than asking God for things. Supplication is distinct in its passion and sincerity through an extended length of time. As we apply ourselves to this kind of prayer, a momentum or inertia begins to develop within our prayer closet. A deep relationship—a familiarity—actually begins to form with God. This causes us to truly give our burdens to Him—no matter how vulnerable or unworthy we may feel. In those times we can actually feel His peace. The peace that passes all understanding begins to replace anxiety and worry.
First Peter 1:7 points out the same idea: when we persevere in faith, even through many great trials, the end result is something more valuable than refined gold. It is safe to say that many of the things we hold most precious are valuable to us because of the difficult battle we fought to attain them. Other things are valuable because of the length of time it took us to reach the desired goal. I am not suggesting that we have to suffer in order to have a deep relationship with God, but it does seem that at any given moment in life we are all working through something. When we persevere in our relationship with God, His presence moves us toward His purposes, and we have a greater understanding of His will for our lives. The reward of a well-developed prayer life is truly immeasurable.
Thank You, Lord, for refining our faith—for moving us from counterfeit to genuine. Let this bring You much praise, glory and honor for You are worthy!
–Taken from an article by Adam Taylor, incenseRising, June 2005.
Praise our God, who is unfailing in love and great in compassion (Psalm 51:1-2). Give thanks for the forgiveness of all your past, present, and future sins through Jesus’ death 2,000 years ago! Confess that your sin has been against God himself (51:3-5). Commit to the full integrity of having God’s truth and wisdom in the inner recesses of your heart (51:6). Ask God for full cleansing, purity, joy, and gladness (51:7-9).
Pray for the integrity and understanding of your church’s leaders. Ask God to give them effectiveness in equipping you to lead people to God’s forgiveness and righteousness (51:13-14).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend