“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him” (Luke 11:13).
Luke’s gospel shows the dynamics of the relationship between God and His world. Particularly prominent in this regard is prayer. Luke mentions prayer more than any other New Testament writer. Luke the historian has a profound sense of God working out His purposes in history through prayer. Luke the evangelist, writing to confirm and strengthen Christians, exhorts and encourages them to pray unceasingly. The narrative starts with prayer at the temple: “And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside” (Luke 1:10), and finishes with the disciples in the temple praising God: “And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God” (Luke 24:53).
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 7, The Gospel of Prayer by John W. Taylor).
Righteous Father, how glorious to learn about Your plans and purposes in prayer from those who walked with Your Son! How I long to see my life and the life of my church reflect the relationship of those who were passionately dialed in to Your Presence. Draw me, and the community of believers with whom I worship, into a depth of intimacy with You that will change us forever and bring glory to Your Name!
Praise God for his unswerving faithfulness in keeping all his promises and never forsaking his own. Give thanks that God gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him should have everlasting life. Confess any unfaithfulness on your part to God. Commit yourself to being faithful to all your loved ones and to keeping all the promises you have made to them. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit and to give you the confidence that you are a member of his family and know God as “Abba Father.”
Pray for your church’s missionaries (by name, if possible), asking the Lord to encourage and strengthen them and to keep them from loneliness, discouragement, spiritual attack, and burnout.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend