“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life” (Psalm 42:8).
Somehow, for some reason, almighty God has not only decided that He wants to be in relationship with us and communicate with us, but He also has provided the method to do it. A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, said it well a century ago: “The mystery of prayer! There is nothing like it in the natural universe…marvelous bond of prayer that can span the gulf between the Creator and the creature, the infinite God and the humblest and most illiterate child.”
While we cannot fully explain it, the fact remains: Prayer is an awesome privilege! If you are starting out on your faith journey, do everything you can to grow in prayer. It will bring adventure, mystery, and a sense of the presence of God into your life. Prayer will prove to be the key to a vibrant relationship with God.
–Adapted from The Power of Personal Prayer (Learning to Pray with Faith and Purpose) by Jonathan Graf
Father, we are awed that You have chosen to bring Your creation near through prayer, and that You desire for us to be actively involved in Your plans and purposes. Continue to draw us into Your Presence, teaching us to pray with power and effectiveness.
Praise God that he cares about this world. Thank Christ that he calls the church “his” and that he has promised to build it (Mt. 16:18). Confess your own failures in using your time, talents, and tithe as God desires. Commit yourself to being an energetic, ability-using, enthusiastic part of the body in which Christ has placed you. Ask that, as a part of the church, you will live the fact that you belong to all the others (Rom. 12:5).
Ask God that your congregation will tirelessly live out the love that it has been given in Jesus Christ. Pray that the character and depth of this love will cause non-Christians in your community to want it for themselves.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend