Intimacy Requires Submission

Connecting more closely with God includes adopting an attitude of submission. I pray with the Lord of my life in mind. If I pray selfishly, I am asking God to help me in the cause of my lordship. I am His. My life is His life to use in whatever gives Him the most glory. Jesus prayed from the position of a submissive heart. At least five times in Scripture He tells us He came not to do His own will but His Father’s will. For example, Jesus says He is sent to “do the will of Him who sent me” (John 4:34). Can we pray any other way and still connect with the heart of God? Unlikely. Intimacy with Him requires submission.

–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune. 

Lord, please help me to long to go Your way instead of my own!  Give me the submissive heart of Jesus so that I will continually be willing to do what You desire. 

 Prayer Points

Praise the infinite God who has no beginning and no end. Thank God that with him all things are possible (Lk. 1:37). Confess any lack of faith concerning God’s ways and works. Commit yourself anew to living obediently before God. Ask him to keep your eyes focused on Jesus.

Pray for justice and righteousness to come to the nations of this world which seek to block the work of the Lord (Ps. 2:1-2). Ask that their rulers will bow to Jesus and begin to serve him (2:10-11; Isa. 60:3).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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