And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father (John 14:13).
To pray in the name of Jesus means to pray in a manner consistent with His values and purposes; these values and purposes are revealed in both His practice of prayer (e.g., John 17) and His precepts concerning it (e.g., Mt. 6:9-14). It is to pray with the glorification of God as the supreme motive; it is to pray as Jesus would pray were He in our circumstances; it is to pray as His followers who have been appointed as instruments of fruit-bearing in the outworking of His mission. As such, it is praying with respectful submission to the will of the Father, seeking that His will be done, not ours. It is learning to ask for the good things that He delights to give from the devoted heart that He delights to bless.
Gracious Father, I desire to seek Your face in prayer for the purpose of bringing glory to You alone! Teach me respectful submission to Your divine will so that I will continually keep my eyes fixed upon Your purposes rather than my own selfishness. Please give me a completely devoted heart, set apart to please You in every aspect of my life. In Jesus’ Name I ask it!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry(Chapter 6, Praying in the Name of Jesus by Randal Roberts). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise your God, whose right hand is filled with righteousness (Ps. 48:10). Thank him for being righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made (Ps. 145:17). Confess your own sinfulness, especially times in the last day when you have acted in an unrighteous way toward others. Commit yourself to being “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:11). Ask God to keep you in close communion with him throughout this day.
Ask God to enable believing teens among your family and friends to “say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives” (Titus 2:12).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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Advent – Day 18
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Proverbs 139:23-24).
Lord, prepare our hearts to be searchable. Father, may we always be willing to have You look closely at our lives. We need Your help to get rid of anything offensive. We need Your help to replace our anxious thoughts with thoughts that are pleasing to You. Lead us in the way everlasting as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child.
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