“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).
How many times we hear the deceiver whisper in our ears, ‘You’ve blown it too many times for God to forgive you. You might as well give up. You’ve made a mess of things?” As we grow in our prayer lives, the power of humbling ourselves before the Lord and repenting cannot be overemphasized. Our prayer lives must be characterized by humility which causes us to seek the Lord. It is how we experience the Lord’s salvation and grace.
Father, thank You for being more merciful than I deserve. Help me to trust Your grace. Show me more of Your love. Please make me sensitive to Your Holy Spirit and teach me to walk in humility before You.
–Taken from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts.
Praise God for his strength and confidence, enduring from everlasting to everlasting (1 Chron. 29:10-11). Give thanks that God is your strength and confidence and that he will never fail you or forsake you (1 Chron. 28:20). Confess to the Lord your failure to rely completely upon him and his Word (Isa. 41:10). Commit yourself to being strong and doing the work God has for you without complaining (Phil. 2:14). Ask God to forgive you for not depending on him and that you may wait on the Lord and be confident of his love (Jeremiah 31:3).
Pray that your church will be strong in preparing its membership to grow in their daily walk and work for him as parents, teachers, workers, etc.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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