Jesus’ primary mission on earth was His atoning death and resurrection. However, He also served as the perfect example for all Christians to follow. Being the Son of God, He was the model teacher, the consummate leader, the exemplary servant, and the excellent ethicist. His prayer life—as in all other spiritual disciplines—was perfect. So, a Christian desiring to learn about prayer and how to pray should carefully examine and follow the prayer life of Jesus.
Jesus is divine, and He was filled with the Holy Spirit throughout His earthly ministry. If anyone ever had an excuse for a lax prayer life, it was Jesus! Yet, Jesus prayed frequently (Luke 5:16), fervently (Luke 22:44), and faithfully (John 17) — even rising early to pray after a long day of teaching and healing (Mk.1:35).
Lord Jesus, please teach me how to pray frequently, fervently and faithfully as You did in Your humanity! You are God, and yet, You rose early to pray, and you never did or said anything You didn’t receive from Your Father. Please give me a better understanding of the power of prayer so that I will seek Your face passionately and continually.
–Taken from —Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 5, God the Son and Prayer by James R. Wicker). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God for his marvelous plan of redemption worked out through history. Thank God for the significant leaders he called to make a difference in the growth of the Christian movement. Confess times when God called you to lead in some way, but you chose rather to follow. Commit yourself to discovering how the use of your gifts can influence others to follow Jesus. Ask God to give you courage and insight as he calls you to go and bear fruit that will last (Jn. 15:16).
Pray that political leaders throughout the world will recognize Jesus Christ as Lord. Ask that repentance and revival will come to nations which have not yet honored him.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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Advent – Day 11
“…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22).
Lord, prepare our hearts to be sincere. Thank You for cleansing us from sin so that we can draw near to You. Help us to truly desire to know You better, and deepen our faith as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child.
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