The Holy Spirit waits for the people of God to cry unto Him. He knows our circumstances. He is longing to deliver us. When God met Moses in the Midianite desert, He told him, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry. . . . So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians” (Exodus 3:7–8).
There are two conditions that must be fulfilled in order for God to deliver His people. First, we must wait for His timing. God knew the circumstances of the children of Israel. But He had promised deliverance after four hundred years of bondage (Genesis 15:13–14). God is never late and never early; He is always right on time. At the close of four hundred years He raised up a deliverer for the people.
Second, when God gets ready to move among His people, He always stirs them to cry unto Him. Although God is sovereign, He chooses to include man in His divine plan of action. Therefore, God waits for us to cry out to Him. He will even allow circumstances to enter our lives that will cause us to pray and seek Him with our whole hearts.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippitt
Holy Spirit, help me to trust that You will hear and answer when I cry out to You…in Your perfect timing! You know my circumstances even better than I do. Besides my own situation, please give me a heart to cry out on behalf of my family, neighbors, church, city, nation and world!
Praise God that he speaks in ways that even the lonely, anguished, and defeated can understand (2 Cor. 1:3-4). Give thanks that all things are possible in God (Mt. 19:26). Confess the many times you are tempted to work things out yourself, or are enmeshed in self-pity (Rom. 8:28). Commit to God all who are defeated and lonely. Ask God to help you remember that all you do is to be done in the name of Jesus, giving thanks and glory to him (Col. 3:17).
Pray that God will give your church a heart for reaching the nations of the world for Christ, through encouragement of missionaries, through giving, and through prayers.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend