Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
Prayer is a wonderful power placed by Almighty God in the hands of His saints, which may be used to accomplish great purposes and to achieve unusual results. Prayer reaches to everything, takes in all things great and small which are promised by God to men. The only limit to prayer are the promises of God and His ability to fulfill those promises. (E. M. Bounds, The Possibilities of Prayer [Baker, 1979])
In every true prayer there are two hearts in exercise. The one is your heart, with its little, dark, human thoughts of what you need and God can do. The other is God’s great heart, with its infinite, its divine purpose of blessing. What think you? To which of these two ought the larger place be given in your approach to Him? Undoubtedly, to the heart of God: everything depends upon knowing and being occupied with that. . . . This is what waiting on God is meant to teach you. (Andrew Murray, The Prayer Life [Whitaker, 1981])
Awesome Father, Your infinite heart astonishes me! How can I want anything more than to know You completely? Nothing pleases or delights or amazes me more than You, but I find my heart pursuing my own agenda and plans. Help me to be continually aware of Your nearness and Your love for me so that I can be yielded to learn everything You wish to teach me. Show me how to patiently wait upon You.
Praise the God who lays claim to the entire world and all that live in it (Ps. 24:1). Thank him for the food, shelter, and clothing that sustains you and gives comfort to your life. Confess the times when you have failed to acknowledge God’s riches in your life. Commit yourself to examining your acts of stewardship. Ask God to give you a heart of liberality, knowing that all you have comes from him (1 Chron. 29:14).
Ask God to show your family new and creative ways to share the abundance of your lives with families who have much less.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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Advent – Day 9
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).
Lord, prepare our hearts to be humble. Help us to learn from You because Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. May others see Your gentleness and humility in us as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child.
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