In Matthew 7:7, God says, “Ask.” That is simple and clear. But our requests or petitions about ourselves need to be in line with God’s heart, His purposes, and His Word.
As I travel, I experience many “divine appointments,” my term for conversation and prayer opportunities with strangers. When I ask people how I may pray for them, sometimes someone will say, “Don’t pray for me. Pray for someone who needs it.” I always wonder if they think they are doing fine and don’t want to admit any needs, or if they think they do not have the right to ask God for anything. If they are divine appointments, they may have shared some struggles with me. Those people probably believe the latter—that they do not have the right to ask God for anything. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.
–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.
Spirit of Grace, please help me to know with confidence that I can come before Your throne to ask for what is upon my heart. Show me how to line up my desires with Your own. Give me “divine appointments” to pray for the needs of others so that You can move in their lives with power and grace.
Praise God for his glorious grace freely given in his Son, Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:6). Thank him for an outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:17). Confess those times when the exercise of your freedom has become a stumbling block to the weak (1 Cor. 8:9). Commit yourself to walking in the freedom of God’s Word (Ps. 119:45). Ask God to make you a slave of righteousness (Rom. 6:18).
Pray for people you know who are still slaves to sin. Ask God to show them through you that he has not deserted them but is waiting patiently for salvation to come to their house (Acts 16:29-32).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend