The Priority of Prayer

“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10).

There was a time in my prayer life when I tacked the phrase “Thy will be done” on to the end of a prayer full of generalities as a kind of “just-in-case-I-didn’t-pray-correctly” band-aid. But as I’ve matured as an intercessor, “Thy kingdom come into this situation, Thy will be done so that things around us here are just as they are in heaven” is my heart’s cry! Praying His kingdom into reality and enthroning Him at every opportunity is our highest calling.

His ways are not our ways; His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isa. 55:8,9). And like it or not, we are stuck with hearts that are desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9)! There will always be a tendency to look out for number one—to pray a path that seems best to us. Only as we stay in the Word, empty ourselves and constantly ask God to check our priorities can we keep on track.

Lord, bind my feet to a path of righteousness in prayer!  Let my heart and mind be transformed to connect with Your will and Your will alone.

–by Sandra Higley, author of A Year of Prayer Events for Your Church

Prayer Points
Praise God that he is the creator of prayer. Give thanks because he gives you an audience with himself whenever you choose to pray. Confess any misuse or neglect of prayer. Commit yourself to making prayer a priority in your life. Ask God to lead you to “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that [you] may receive mercy and find grace to help [you] in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).

The Holy Spirit convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn. 16:8). Pray that your non-Christian acquaintances will be so convicted, repent, and claim the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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