“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).
It’s an important step in spiritual maturity when we begin to unite our prayers with Jesus concerning our heavenly home. Praying about joining Jesus in His house will help us hold loosely to the things of this world. It puts matters in proper perspective. We could pray something like this, “O Lord, how I long to be where You are. Everything around me and in me changes so fast. I long for a place of permanence with You. Like David, I want to gaze upon Your beauty and seek You in Your temple (Psalm 27:4). Thank You for preparing a place for me.”
Father, how I long to live in Your presence. I want to dwell in Your house for all eternity, gazing upon Your beauty, seeking You where You might be found. I thank You, Lord Jesus, that You have prepared a place for me to be with You. Teach me to walk through this world as one whose home is elsewhere. Come soon, Lord Jesus! Amen.
–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.
Glorify God as the one who fills all of your desires and needs with his presence alone. Thank God for being sufficient for you even when every other source of joy or support is taken away. Confess your dependence on other people or situations to make you content and happy. Commit yourself to making Jesus your “pearl of great price,” and ask him to make you willing to give up all you have for the sake of his kingdom, if necessary (Mt. 13:44-46).
Ask God to bring to your mind the material needs of an unsaved acquaintance so that you will be able to help meet those needs and bring that person closer to the kingdom.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).