Getting Serious about Prayer

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

Failing to pray is an indicator of our lack of concern for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on earth. Throughout Scripture and church history, spiritual breakthroughs occurred when the Lord’s people got serious about prayer. From the days of Moses standing on a hill interceding for Israel as they fought in the valley below, to the focused intercession in Romania that brought down the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and opened the door for the free proclamation of the Gospel, prayer has been the weapon that God has placed in the hands of His people to advance His purposes. When we refuse to pray, and that is what prayerlessness is, we turn our backs on what God desires to do on planet earth in our day.

–Taken from the article, The Sin of Prayerlessness by Dave Butts.  (Click on the title to read the entire article).

Father, give me a deep desire to pray for the advancement of Your kingdom on earth.  Draw me to whatever is on Your heart for the people and situations You give me the privilege to pray for and about.  May I faithfully obey the prompting of Your Holy Spirit to intercede no matter what time of the day or night.

Prayer Points
Praise the one who came as the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). Thank Jesus for giving peace to his beloved ones (Jn. 14:27). Confess those times when you’ve allowed Satan to fill your soul with unrest. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of peace by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to guard your heart and mind today with his peace (Phil. 4:7).

Warfare, bloodshed, strife, and turmoil mar every corner of the globe these days. But the good news is that Christ came “to reconcile to himself all things . . . by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:20). Pray for all those who seek to bring Christ’s reconciliation to a restless world.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).