“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18).
Even though intercessory prayer originates with God, God still counts on us and our prayers. We are part of the prayer cycle by which He accomplishes His work in the world.
Sometimes when I receive an e-mail asking for prayer, I hit “reply” and say, “Count on me!” When I say “count on me,” I do not take that lightly. I always make a note of the prayer request and add it to my list of daily prayer prompts. It occurs to me now that I have never said “count on me” to the Father. But I think that I should. I realize that this is an awfully big promise to make. But I can do it, and you can do it too, because of the intercessory work of His enthroned Son and the work of His indwelling Spirit. God the Father is seeking intercessors He can count on. What do you think? Would you join me in saying to the Father, “Count on me”?
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend.
Righteous Father, forgive me for the many times I have told others I would pray for them, but have forgotten! Prompt me by Your Spirit to develop a holy habit of praying for a person or situation as soon as possible, even immediately in the presence of the one who asks! May I boldly trust You to give me Your words to speak into every life and situation. Keep my mind from moving on to the busyness of my day until I have sought Your face on behalf of the one who has asked! Count on me, Father, to do the work of an intercessor, releasing Your power into the lives of others.
Praise God as the blessed and only Ruler over all things (1 Tim. 6:15). Thank him for sustaining all things by his powerful Word and holding all things together. Confess any situation in which you have resisted God’s rule in your life. Commit yourself to knowing and doing his will. Ask the Lord to put a hedge of protection around you and your loved ones.
Pray that the lives of children will be filled with growing love, true knowledge, and mature judgment so they will be able to choose what is best (Phil. 1:9-10).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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