“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
The thing that marked the prayer life of Jesus was His perfect submission to the will of the Father. Whether it was His acceptance of the cross at Gethsemane or His powerful prayer for the church in John 17, we know that in all things Jesus was committed to His Father’s kingdom purposes. It is not always easy to discern the perfect will of God; however, as we seek His heart and increase our knowledge of His Word, His Spirit will teach us. As we lay our hearts alongside of God’s plan in the smaller things of life, He will gradually teach us how to pray in the larger, more significant times.
Awesome Lord, sometimes it is hard to know what Your will is…and then You remind me that my life is in Your hands and not mine. Thank You for helping me to remember who is in control and let me increase in my knowledge of Your Word and Your Spirit as I submit to Your plans and purposes for my life.
–Taken from Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings) by David and Kim Butts. (Click on the blue title to get more information about this resource).
Praise God as the one worthy of the worship of our entire lives (Rom. 12:1-2). Give thanks for God’s mercy shown to you personally. Confess times of conforming to the pattern of this world. Commit yourself to the continual renewing of your mind. Ask God to be true to his promise that you will be able to test and approve what is his will.
Pray that each of God’s people will be reminded of the different gifts he or she possesses, according to the grace of God (12:6). Ask that they be further equipped through worship to use those gifts for God’s kingdom (12:7ff.).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).