As we contrast New Testament praying with contemporary praying, it’s clear that prayer in the book of Acts was not for outward show. We don’t see New Testament Christian leaders coming together to make decisions and opening their discussion with a “word of prayer.” Instead, we see Christian leaders coming together who understood that their primary purpose in assembling was prayer. Sometimes out of that prayer time there emerged decisions that would refocus or otherwise impact the entire body of Christ. You see that clearly in the upper room as the disciples met to pray before Pentecost. Though their purpose was prayer, they stopped the prayer meeting long enough to select a replacement for Judas Iscariot. What a difference from many church “elections” today! Those early Christians would agree with Joy Dawson, who wrote, “Have we become so impressed by the world’s systems of strategizing that we fail to avail ourselves of the simple method of waiting on God, listening to His voice, praying out His thoughts, and obeying what the Master Strategist says?”
–Taken from the article: Learning to Pray at the Feet of the Early Christians by Dave Butts, author of Prayer and the End of Days: Praying God’s Purposes in Troubled Times
Oh God, I wait before You….earnestly desiring to hear Your voice alone. Help me to continually set aside my plans in favor of Yours. Show me how to hear the voice of the Spirit in the midst of the culture in which I live. I want my life to be filled with continual praise and prayer so that every breath is focused upon all that You are.
Praise God for the beauty of his holiness (2 Chron. 20:21). Give thanks that he has removed the stain of sin from your life and made you holy. Confess any sin or unholiness that taints your life. Commit yourself to being holy, as God is holy (1 Pet. 1:16). Ask that you may be made holy through and through so that your spirit, soul, and body will be kept blameless (1 Thess. 5:23).
Pray for families undergoing severe marital strife, asking that God will rekindle a flame of love between husband and wife.
“God eagerly awaits the chance to bless the person whose heart is turned toward him.” —Anonymous
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend