”The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart…” (Psa. 19:8).
Jesus wants your heart to be filled with joy! He desires you to rejoice and be glad as you follow His precepts and obey His Word. It is not His plan for you to be downcast, defeated, depressed or anxious about anything. The believer’s walk is to be pure and blameless, and regardless of circumstances, it is to be joy-filled. Has your joy been stolen from you by the enemy? Ask the Lord of joy to draw your heart back into a continual season of rejoicing!
Righteous Father, Your precepts bring joy to my heart. When I am feeling defeated or anxious, would You prompt Your Spirit to remind me that I can live a joy-filled life despite anything the devil throws at me? I want my others to see Your life lived out in me, because joy is what draws people to You. I want my life of rejoicing to be a light to those who have given in to desperation and hopelessness. Set me firmly on a joyful path.
–By Kim Butts, author of The Praying Family (Creative Ways to Pray Together) and co-author with her husband, David, of Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings)
Glorify God as measureless, incomparable, infinite, and generous Giver. Give thanks that his resources are bottomless (Col. 1:15-17). Confess those times when you have not asked for what you have needed, or have asked with the wrong motives (Jas. 4:2-3). Commit yourself to relying on God’s resources rather than on your own. Ask God to help you see how rich is the inheritance
and how mighty the power that he has given you (Eph. 1:18-19).
Pray that parents may teach their children how to give cheerfully and generously to God, responding with compassion to needs in the lives of others (2 Cor. 9:7).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend