“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
At nine-thirty in the evening, I began leading students at a Midwestern Christian college campus in a concert of prayer, a guided prayer service. About eleven o’clock that night, we finished praying. Then we decided to allow students to step up to microphones and share what God had done during the prayer time. Immediately students formed lines at both microphones and began confessing and repenting of personal sin. I was amazed how powerfully God was moving. There were many young men who stood in line, but when they arrived at the microphone they could do nothing but sob. They couldn’t even form words. The same was true of the young women. The repenting and confessing time lasted about seven hours.
As the sharing began winding down, I realized how tired I was. Yet I was energized by reflecting on what had happened. I was really impressed with God. Although I could not yet grasp the breadth and depth of what God was doing, I glimpsed a principle: When people approach God with humility, God then has the opportunity to move supernaturally in ways far beyond what we expect or imagine.
–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune
Father, so often I barge into Your Presence without thinking…and without a heart of humility. I want what I want when I want it rather than wanting what You want. Help me to see the poverty of my pride, and how selfish my ways and thoughts are. Remind me that I need to confess my sin and turn from it so that You are free to move in supernatural ways in the midst of my ordinary life.
Praise God that he is the Chief Shepherd, preparing for you the crown of glory that will not fade (1 Pet. 5:4). Thank him for leading you like a shepherd to well-watered gardens. Confess those times you stray like a lost sheep and forget God’s commands (Ps. 119:176). Commit your life to doing what is pleasing to God (Heb. 13:20-21). Ask him to help you recognize false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ferocious wolves (Mt. 7:15).
Many have family members who are like sheep without a shepherd (Mt. 9:36). Pray that God will use you as a shepherd in some way today.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend