“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God” (Luke 6:12).
I served a small church in Texas as pastor during my seminary days. I was basically ignorance on fire, I had so much to learn. But I had just taken a course on prayer. Our church had baptized about eight new believers in the previous eight years, and none for several years. I knew God had to intervene. I scheduled an evangelistic meeting and secured a faithful evangelist. Then I led our church to pray.
I became convicted that although Jesus spent all night in prayer before calling His disciples, I had never followed His example. So we called an all- night prayer meeting, knowing it would take God to awaken our church and reach those around us. That week we saw ten people come to Christ including some amazing accounts of unchurched people meeting Jesus. Ten may not sound like many, but in that little church it was a movement of God! I witnessed early in ministry the importance of passionate, broken prayer. I often tell my students that no matter how long you serve God, no matter the wisdom you gain and the theological insights you master, you will always have to pray passionately and with a broken heart to see God move in the lives of the lost.
–Adapted from Chapter 63 of Giving Ourselves to Prayer (Prayer and Evangelism by Alvin L. Reid).
Father, please pour a fresh resolve into my soul so that I will long to meet with You day and night. May I learn how to sit before You in silence and submission so that You can fill me with a deep desire for the purposes of Your heart. Give me a new passion to experience You more intimately, and to intercede with Your broken heart for the lives of lost people.
Give all your praise to God, for his faithfulness endures forever. In quiet reflection, thank God for his faithful presence during your times of greatest need. With humility, confess your attempts to manage life without him. With a desire to reflect God’s faithfulness, commit to recognizing his power. Ask that you will see his faithfulness each day of your life.
God’s faithfulness is communicated through you to others. Pray that you will reflect a sustaining, patient presence with those who observe God in you.
“To pray is nothing more involved than to open the door, giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting him to exercise his own power in dealing with them.” —O. Hallesby
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend