We were created to know and love God. Without daily communion with Him it is impossible to serve Him effectively. Many Christians believe that they can work for God without having been with God. To live without waiting on the Lord is to embrace humanism and wrap it in Christian trappings. The philosophy of humanism begins with man, continues with man, and concludes with man. But Christianity begins with God. God reaches down to man, and man finds his only hope in Him. Man does not find purpose, power, and direction for his life in himself; he finds everything that He needs in God through Jesus Christ. Man must learn to live in absolute dependence upon God.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippitt
Loving Father, I have been trapped by the busyness of my own life! Sometimes my passion to “do” wins out over my passion to “be” in Your throne room. Prayer begins and ends with You. My only hope is in You. Reach down to me and help me to find everything I need in Jesus!
Praise God for his inexhaustible goodness. There is nothing lacking or defective in him. Give thanks for all the pleasure and blessings which flow from God’s goodness. Confess any ingratitude to him. Commit yourself to God-like goodness. Ask that today you may grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).
Pray that your children will grow up in the training and instruction of the Lord and will learn to walk in his ways (Eph. 6:4).
“When you go to your knees, God will help you stand up to anything.” —Anonymous
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend