Prayer and the Plan of God

When Jesus is shown praying at key moments it suggests that through prayer the purposes of God in the life and mission of Jesus were brought to pass. The repeated teaching on prayer and the prominent use of Jesus as an example suggest that the same also must apply to the disciples. The implication is that God will continue to work out His salvation-historical purposes through the prayers of the disciples of Christ, empowered by the Spirit. And those plans include (1) the perseverance of the church through difficult times to come (Luke 18:1, 21:36), and (2) the mission to the world. Jesus tells the disciples about to go out in mission to pray for more workers in the harvest (Luke 10:2), and to pray that the kingdom of God will come (Luke 11:2).

–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 7, The Gospel of Prayer by John W. Taylor).

Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!  Continue to teach me how to live a holy life that will demonstrate Your life and mission to everyone around me.  Strengthen Your church to persevere in the difficult days ahead, and give us fresh passion to carry out Your purposes in the midst of the harvest! 

Prayer Points

Praise God for the depth of his wisdom and knowledge, and for his unsearchable judgments. Thank God for guiding and directing your ways. Confess any resistance on your part to do his will. Commit yourself to acknowledging him in all your ways (Prov. 3:5-6). Ask God for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better and have the eyes of your heart enlightened, to know the hope to which you are called, the riches of his glorious inheritance (Eph. 1:17-18).

Pray for the Spirit of love in your church that believers may be one, even as the Father and Son are one, so that the world may believe that God sent Jesus Christ (Jn. 17:21).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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