“Summon your power, God; show us your strength, our God, as you have done before” (Psalm 68:28).
We will begin to experience personal victory as we enter into the private chambers of prayer. We must enter regularly and consistently. We must long for fellowship with Him. To do otherwise is rebellion. In essence it is saying, “I don’t need You, Father. I can live today without Your strength and power.”
E. M. Bounds stated it more forcefully when he said, “Prayer is loyalty to God. Non-praying is to reject Christ and abandon heaven. A life of prayer is the only life which heaven counts.” No wonder there are so many struggling, defeated Christians today. We have abandoned the throne of heaven. We have substituted technology for “kneeology.” We would rather have emotional excitement than daily fellowship with the Creator.
We will not only secure victory for ourselves, but we can also see God transform our friends and our communities through prayer. The greatest work to be done for society will be the work of prayer. Nineteenth-century evangelist D. L. Moody said, “Those who have left the deepest impression on this sin cursed earth have been men and women of prayer. You will find that prayer has been the mighty power that has moved not only God, but man.”
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippitt
God of Heaven, forgive me for abandoning Your strength and power in favor of my own ideas and plans. When things are going well, I set You aside until there is a crisis! May I be transformed by the deep understanding of Your Presence in my life continually so that my prayers reflect Your heart!
Praise God, the one who strengthens and helps you (Isa. 41:10). Give thanks for God’s promise to be with you when you “pass through the rivers” or “walk through the fire” (Isa. 43:2). Confess those times when you’ve doubted God’s loving presence and care. Commit yourself to trusting in God to protect and defend you. Ask him to increase your faith.
Pray for the political leaders of your country. Ask that they will be men and women of integrity and honor. Pray that their primary allegiance will be to God alone.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend