Intercessory prayer is more for God than for us. It is more a way for God to accomplish His purposes on earth than for us to get God to give us, or those we pray for, something. Jesus clearly thought first of God and His glory when it came to prayer. In a troubling moment He didn’t immediately think of how the Father could help Him. He even said that He wouldn’t pray, “Father, save me from this hour?” Instead, recognizing that His suffering was part of God’s plan, He simply prayed, “Father, glorify your name!” (John 12:27–28).
On another occasion Jesus promised His disciples that if they would ask in His name He would do what they asked. But He didn’t stop there. He went on to say that He would act in response to their prayers “so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.” In other words, their asking was not just to get His help or to be empowered for ministry. The ultimate reason for their asking and His acting was to glorify the Father. Jesus clearly viewed prayer as for God and for His glory.
Father, forgive my self-centered, selfish prayers. So often I rush into Your presence with my list, forgetting to draw near, and to remember that the God who created the universe and who is worthy of my praise, is listening to every word. May I be so caught up in the glory of Your very Name that my only desire as I pray is to honor You by lifting up whatever You place upon my heart. Show me how to bring You glory through every prayer I pray, knowing that You care deeply for the concerns of my heart because they flow out of Your own.
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God, who is “holy, holy, holy” (Isa. 6:3). Give thanks for God’s glory, which is seen throughout the whole earth. Confess any sin which keeps you from experiencing the holiness and glory of God. Commit your life anew today to seeking God’s holiness and glory. Ask him to reveal himself to you as you seek his glory in your life.
Pray that your family will have a renewed sense of God’s glory in all areas of your family life—our work, relationships, conversation, leisure time, and so on.
“The ministry of intercession is very demanding. To be serious about intercession is to be ready to give ourselves for the sake of others.” —Maxie Dunnam
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