“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).
Colossians indicates that the Word should dwell in us richly. What better way to discover what God wants than to saturate our souls with His specific teaching! If the Word within us is rich, so also will be the guidance that God sends through that Word. There are biblical principles that we should know. Read the gospels until their teaching is second nature. Study the epistles and the Revelation. Immerse yourself in the prophets. Commit Scriptures to memory and feed your soul with them. There will be no specific guidance if we are disobeying the general principles of godliness that are ours for the learning. If this step is not taken, then we will not be guided well. Obey what you know. Refuse to disobey what you know, and then God can give (you) specific steps to take.
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka
Lord, there are so many times when I don’t know what to do, and wonder what Your will for me is in certain situations. Help me to remember to go immediately to Your precious Word, which clearly helps me to know what You desire of me, even if my specific need is not addressed. As I learn to dwell more deeply in Your Presence, please help me to trust Your heart to guide me.
Praise God for his Word that is so available for meaningful worship. Give thanks for the power to minister in God’s name (Lk. 9:1-3). Confess those times when you neglect God’s Word or fail to spend daily time with him (Lk. 18:1). Commit yourself to teaching, fellowship, and prayer (Acts 2:42). Ask God to bless you and to “enlarge [your] territory” with his power, presence, and protection (1 Chron. 4:10).
Pray that God will increase your faith through corporate worship. Ask that your pastor not compromise God’s Word, even though methods of communicating that Word may change.
“Prayer is striking the winning blow; service is gathering up the results. You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” —S. D. Gordon
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend