“…make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:19-20)
It’s important to understand the theology of prayer: what makes it work, what Scripture says about it, etc. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray (Lk. 11:1). Getting a good, solid foundation based on essential biblical truths is critical so you don’t end up out of alignment with God’s will, praying in some “wonky” way with no substance. You must know what God says about prayer and promises He’s made before you can pray confidently enough to move mountains. But there comes a time when you’ve “got it”—when you’ve let God’s word and the fundamentals of prayer marinate in you to the point where it has become a part of you. If you’ve committed the “words and notes” to memory, maybe it’s time to “throw away the music” and play your symphony of prayer to Him from the heart.
Ask the Holy Spirit if its time to move beyond the mechanics of prayer. Ask Him if things have become too cut-and-dried or if you’re dissecting everything in a non life-giving way. Be open to His move and flow.
Father, help me maintain truth in my prayer life without jeopardizing the flow of Your Spirit. Free me to pray from the heart.
–By Sandra Higley, author of A Year of Prayer Events for Your Church
Read Psalm 139 and praise the all-knowing one who perfectly knows you in every action, thought, and word (139:1, 4). Thank God for the comforting knowledge that he is with you wherever you go (139:5-6). Confess any attempt to flee his all-knowing presence (139:7-12). Commit yourself to learning more about these wonderful human bodies he has made (139:13-16). Ask him to give you a love for knowing his thoughts (139:17-18), an informed hatred for those he hates (139:19-22), and an “open-book” relationship with him (139:23-24).
Pray that your nation will repent of willful ignorance of God’s thoughts and ways. Ask that the beauty and purpose of human life be accepted and promoted (Psalm 139:12-16).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend