“LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God” (Psalm 38:15).
No doubt, God encourages us to talk to Him. He is ever present. He is ever listening. He is willing to answer. He is waiting. So what about us? What shapes our words, our thoughts, and our desires when we long to communicate with Him? If I am to pursue Him recklessly and relentlessly, then humility is required in my prayer life.
It is so easy to pray self-centeredly, arrogantly, demandingly, selfishly, even shallowly. Anyone—a new believer or a lifelong Christian—has likely offered prayers like this at one time or another. But we have hope! Praying humbly can take us to the deeper level of intimacy we desperately seek.
–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.
Forgive me, Father, for the times I have not paid attention to You when I pray. I have been self-centered and proud rather than humbled by the fact that I am in Your Presence. Line up my priorities so that they agree with what You desire and change my heart to reflect Your heart.
Praise your great, mighty, and awesome covenant-keeping God (Neh. 9:32). Thank God for strengthening those whose hearts are fully committed to him (2 Chron. 16:9). Confess those times when you depend on your own strength rather than God’s (Eccl. 5:7). Commit yourself to spending time daily reflecting on God’s awe, his faithfulness, and might (Ps. 89:6-8). Ask God’s forgiveness for neglecting him when hardships arise.
Pray that God’s kingdom will grow as oppressed people recognize God’s awesome majesty and come to him in faith.
“Worship is intended to introduce God’s kingdom power throughout the church and extend that power through the church.” —Jack Hayford
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend