“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you” (John 15:7).
I love the way that George MacDonald, a Christian novelist of a century ago, expressed the purpose of prayer: “What if the main object of God’s idea of prayer be the supplying of our great, our endless need – the need of himself. Hunger may drive the runaway child home, and he may or may not be fed at once – but he needs his mother more than he needs his dinner.”
Jesus knows that we need him – even more than we need the things that we ask for in prayer. So, Jesus puts a condition on responding to our prayers. A condition that moves us in the direction of a deeper relationship with him. We must remain in him and his words must remain in us.
–Taken from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem.
Jesus, I need You! I am lost without all that You are. Show me how to linger in Your Presence, to stay attached to the Vine, to remain in You as Your word remains in me. My spirit longs to know You more than anything I could possibly want. Embrace my heart with Your own so that I might know God in deeper, more intimate ways than ever before.
Praise your God, whose right hand is filled with righteousness (Ps. 48:10). Thank him for being righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made (Ps. 145:17). Confess your own sinfulness, especially times in the last day when you have acted in an unrighteous way toward others. Commit yourself to being “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:11). Ask God to keep you in close communion with him throughout this day.
Ask God to enable believing teens among your family and friends to “say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives” (Titus 2:12).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend