In the book of Revelation, John tells us that the collective prayers of all the saints, gathered in the golden bowls before the altar, are mixed with the offering incense and go up before God. God’s response to those prayers is to initiate the beginning of the end time with “peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” In other words, our prayers usher in the end of history and the second coming of Christ. When we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly,” we are praying God’s purposes. Our prayers are contributing to God’s final solution to the problem of evil. We are co-laboring with God.
Many more prayers of this nature can be found in scripture, prayers that will allow us to touch the world for God. To pray this way is to pray in Jesus’ name, for these are the very kinds of prayers that Christ presents to the Father every day. When we pray this way, we are united with God in His purposes. We are united with Christ in His ongoing intercessory ministry. What a great thing to be part of. This makes prayer really effective and really exciting, don’t you think?
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend.
Abba Father, You have created Your people to seek You and to align our hearts with Your purposes. Thank You for the amazing knowledge that I am joining Jesus in His ministry of intercession when I pray! I am in awe that You desire for me to be involved in Your work on this earth. Give me a fresh enthusiasm to join Jesus as a watchman on the wall, standing against the evil one’s schemes so that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord!
Praise God, the one who rescues and saves (Dan. 4:27). Give thanks for specific ways he is caring for you right now. Confess any areas in which you are worrying instead of praying and accepting his loving care (Phil. 4:6-7). Commit a concern to God, thanking him for his care for you. Ask him to help you believe in his willingness to handle it.
Pray that your family and friends may be rooted and established in love and may have “power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that [they] may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18-19).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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