“Anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
To live is to choose, and to choose is to change. The only question that must be answered is whether you want to change one way or another. Our ability to choose is part of what makes us distinctively human.
To pray, or even to want to pray, is to choose. If you are just starting a life of prayer, then to pray is to make a choice to take a chance on a relationship with God (for to pray is to relate). If you are seasoned in praying, then to pray again is to choose as well. You are choosing to deepen your bond with the Author of time and space, enter into deep counsel with the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ about the eternal destiny of others, and forge new bonds of intimacy between yourself and the Almighty. But whether you are just starting or are far along in the journey, you are choosing.
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka (Click on the title for more information on this resource).
Lord Jesus, You have chosen to allow me to participate in Your work in this world through my prayers. Thank You for this incredible honor and amazing privilege! May I deepen my affection for You in the intimacy of prayer day by day as I make the choice to take this journey of life in Your Divine Presence.
Praise the one whose control covers even the details of your life (Mt. 6:25-34).
Thank God for knowing about your daily needs. Confess any worry. Commit to taking hold of areas where you are to be in charge in your life with the clear knowledge of being “second in command” under God. Ask him for the Spirit’s fruit of self-control.
Pray that God will work self-control into your private life. Ask him to help you be self-controlled with family members and with private disciplines such as eating habits, TV watching, reading materials, time usage, and exercise patterns.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend