During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. —Hebrews 5:7
Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. —Hebrews 7:24–25
Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. —Romans 8:34
No man ever prayed as Jesus prayed. E. M. Bounds wrote of Jesus’ prayer life: “Prayer was the secret of his power, the law of his life, the inspiration of his toil, and the source of his wealth, his joy, his communion, and his strength.” Jesus was the only person on earth whose prayer life never waned, even for a moment. No one of us can ever make such a claim. I am sure that Jesus even lived up to the high prayer standards that Paul set when he said, “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18) and “Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:17–18).
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, please teach me to pray! Show me how to pray without ceasing, in the Spirit, on all occasions! Help me to continually give thanks in every circumstance of my life, whether good or bad. Compel my heart to pray for the lost, the lonely, the sick and the oppressed. As I wait upon You, please give me Your words birthed out of Your great love.
Praise God as the fair judge and ruler who never lets wealth, appearance, or earthly power influence his decisions. Give thanks for God’s constant concern for those in positions of weakness and poverty (Jas. 1:27). Confess those times when your support of the poor has been in word only and not in action (1:22-25). Commit yourself to seeing people as God sees them, not as our society sees them. Ask God to open your eyes to those who are “poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith” (Jas. 2:5).
Pray for specific individuals and families in your church who may be having a hard time financially. Ask God what you can do to help (Gal. 6:9-10).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend