“Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is My Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!’” (Mark 9:7).
This is a very clear command from God that we are to listen to His Son, Jesus. It is impossible to do what the Lord desires unless we take time to listen to Him. We can only do this by being still and ceasing our busy activity-filled lives. Sometimes all God wants to speak to us are words of love and affirmation. Many times He may require nothing of you but to sit and enjoy His company. Do you wonder how that is even possible in the midst of the life you are living? If so, ask the Father to give you a desire to slow down and pay attention to His Son so that you can be obedient to His wise instruction.
Lord, I don’t want to disobey You, but I have let my life get out of control. Take back my heart Father. Captivate me with the beauty of Your Son, Jesus. May I be still to hear Your words of joy and affirmation so that I can grasp how wide and long and high and deep His love is for me.
—By Kim Butts, author of The Praying Family (Creative Ways to Pray Together)
Give praise to Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 22:13). Thank him for his promise, “Yes, I am coming soon” (22:12). Confess those periods of time when you have lost sight of the hope of his coming. Commit yourself to waiting each day for “the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). Ask God to renew in you the hope that “when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn. 3:2).
Ask God to open the eyes of your unsaved friends so that they may see the spiritual kingdom that lies behind the physical realm.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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