Meditating in God’s Word transforms our hearts and minds to be in line with our Father’s heart and mind (12:1-2). As we reflect on God’s will (as expressed in His Word) and compare it to our thoughts and desires (as expressed in our prayers), we often discover that our will does not match God’s. He reveals areas in our life needing change and adjustment.
As we obey, these changes and adjustments take place, our desires increasingly line-up with God’s will—the way we pray changes. Our prayer focus becomes less self-centered. This in turn affects all of our praying, for we begin to desire what God desires. When we do ask for things, our prayers will cease to be mere “shopping lists” about our own wants and desires. We, instead, become the petitioners and supplicants for others in persevering prayer.
We experience and enjoy intercessory prayer as God moves His will through us to accomplish His work. As a result, we often open and end our intercessory prayer times expressing praise, worship, and thanks to Him because of His greatness. We remain in awe of who He is (Ps. 34:1-8, 37:4; Eph. 1:17-23, 3:20; Col. 1:9-14). Our praying increasingly becomes an expression of God’s will—His very mind and heart. We truly advance His kingdom on earth (Mt. 6:9-10). We have what maturing Christians desire and cry out for—answered prayer (Jn. 15:7-8).
-Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 18, Praying with God’s Heart and Mind by Joel Wilson).
Blessed Father, turn my heart towards Your purposes and away from my own selfishness. Give me a heart for others so that I might intercede fervently and perseveringly for them. May my prayer be an expression of Your will alone!
Praise God that he graciously chooses people to belong to him! Give thanks “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Confess to the Father any doubts or objections you may have about how he works things out. Commit yourself to the one who chose you in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight (Eph. 1:4). Ask that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6).
Pray that governmental officials may not be tempted by power or money. Ask God that those who have fallen to these temptations may be changed or removed from their positions.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend