And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bands were loosed” (Acts 16: 25, NKJV).
Ern Baxter insightfully noted, “Worship is really the occupation of our hearts with God. Worship offers; prayer asks. In prayer we are taken up with our needs, but in worship we are taken up with God Himself.” Prayer requests and burdens sometimes obscure my perspective of God’s greatness. But as I begin to worship His majesty, I enter into the experience that southern preachers speak of: “Stop telling God how big your mountains are. Tell your mountains just how big your God is!”
If you make the Lord “big” in your understanding, you will be able to pray with a “big” faith. As one wise prayer leader observed, “If you only have 10 minutes to pray, then spend the first eight minutes in worship.” Your last two minutes of prayer will definitely become more fruitful if you begin with an eight-minute revelation of His awesome power and glory.
Lord, help us to grow in being more taken up with You than we are in our never-ending prayer lists. Help us to see how big You really are!
–Adapted from an article by Dr. Joseph Winger, incenseRising, June 2005.
Praise God, who is light and in whom there is no darkness at all (1 Jn. 1:5). Thank the Lord for being your light and your salvation (Ps. 27:1). Confess any times you have willingly hidden the light of Christ from others. Commit yourself anew to living as a child of the light (Eph. 5:8). Ask—humbly—that you will become increasingly blameless and pure and that God will make you shine like a star in the universe (Phil. 2:15).
How big is your vision of the kingdom of God? Share Isaiah’s exciting vision: “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isa. 60:3). Ask God to cause “nations” and “kings” to come to Jesus Christ today.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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