“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Mt. 6:6-8).
In the course of any given week, I might be prompted to engage in periods of contemplative prayer and practice what I have come to call “the power of companionship.” I have learned that acts of silent obedience in union with Christ, just like times of deep travail, can be powerful times of warfare prayer that dethrones the enemy. Words might sometimes be appointed at the start, at various points during the period of silent contemplation (almost like punctuation marks) and perhaps at the close. But usually, there are not many words.
More and more, I have come to understand that all of my appointed expressions of Christ and service to Him are forms of worship and prayer. Dualities cease, and one can aim for and learn to live out life as prayer—or “incarnational intercession”—on a daily basis. For surrendered followers of Christ, prayer is not something they do, prayer is something they are.
Lord, bring me into such a place of communion with You that the very unexpressed desires of my heart become wordless intercession for Your kingdom!
–Taken from an article by Gary Bergel, incenseRising, Jan/Feb 2006.
Praise the Lord, who made and cares for heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them (Ps. 146:1-6). Give thanks for his personal care for you. Confess instances of putting ultimate trust “in mortal men, who cannot save” (146:3). Commit yourself to putting your hope in the Lord your God. Ask God to help you hand your cares to him through daily prayer.
Pray that God will continually prompt his people to join him in caring for those oppressed or otherwise in need (146:7-10). Ask God to grant corporate and individual wisdom, persistence, and love in seeking to extend his kingdom.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend