“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
There are many people who spend huge amounts of time in what can be called “priority paralysis.” They don’t know what “the will of God” is, and therefore they cannot pray the will into existence, nor can they do what they aren’t sure of. Some are looking for a mystical experience. Others are looking for a clear biblical principle, but find that two or three principles can lead in different directions.
“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15, KJV) is clear. So is “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12, NIV). What is not clear is which command predominates when we have to choose between the two! How are we to obey God’s calling to do both when our aging parents need our presence, and we are doing godly service in another country with positive results? Change the scenarios, but many a believer has been confused about which godly option is the right one—which job to choose, which area of service to take up, which course to follow, which fellowship of believers to join, etc. The best counsel I ever received on this matter was to do the general until God gives the specific. This means that we are to find out what is biblically commanded for the will; then we are to simply do and pray what we know from the Bible that pleases the Lord. Then in the midst of doing the things that we know please God generally, we give room for the Lord to direct us into the personal calling on our lives, whether a short-term assignment or a long-term career choice.
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka
Father, I want to be in the very center of Your will each moment of my life. Help me to stay grounded and focused upon Your Word, so that I will obey what it says. Give me peace in knowing that You are in perfect control of every aspect of the moments I live. May I be alert and watchful so that I will be ready to move when You direct. My trust is in You, Lord.
Praise God for his teaching to be of good cheer even in a world of tribulation (Jn. 16:33). Thank God for being your shelter in times of trouble (Ps. 91:1-2). Confess personal burdens that you haven’t committed to him and which rob you of that “good cheer” (2 Cor. 5:4). Commit yourself to trusting Christ in every situation (1 Cor. 10:13). Ask God to reveal himself in a special way to his children who feel distant from him today.
Intercede for any of your family members or friends who are suffering intensely today. Ask God not to withhold his mercy. Pray that his love and truth will protect them (Ps. 40:11).
“Praying for people will bring you to love them. Loving them will lead you to serve them. Serving them will be the open door through which God can move in to save, heal, and make whole.” —Maxie Dunnam
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend