Jesus is the way into communion with the Father. That is why He told His disciples, “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full” (John 16:24). Prayer becomes an adventure because we are escorted into the presence of the Father by the Son. There is complete joy to be found in the presence of God.
Jesus is the exact representation of the nature of God. If we are to ever know intimately the heart of the Father, we must learn to look to Jesus. The purity, compassion, and wisdom of the Father are clearly understood through the Son.
Compassionate Father, You have told me how to have joy, and that is to ask specifically in Your Name. As I am ushered into Your Presence through Jesus, I am continually thankful that You have made a way for me to stand before Your throne. I praise You Lord, for this incredible privilege!
Praise God for caring for you (1 Pet. 5:7). Thank him for being so interested in your welfare that he even knows the number of hairs on your head (Lk.12:7). Confess those times when you failed to take his care seriously. Commit yourself to imitating God’s care by caring selflessly for others. Ask him to fill your heart and mind with a sense of his deep love for you.
Pray that your church’s evangelistic efforts will be caring efforts. Ask God to show your church how to minister to more than just the spiritual needs of those who don’t have a saving relationship with Christ.
“Life’s best outlook is a prayerful uplook.” —Anonymous
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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Advent – Day 12
“He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD” (Psalm 112:7).
Lord, prepare our hearts to be steadfast. Even in hard times, help us to trust You without question. Because our hearts can stand firm, we will sing and make music to You as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child. (See also: Psalm 57:7; Psalm 108:1)
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