“O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands” (Psa. 63:1-4).
When King David wrote these words, he demonstrated why the Lord considered him to be a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). He wanted to know the Father better and more intimately. He desired God more than anything else…and, as king, he could certainly have had anything he wanted. David’s everyday lifestyle was devoted to the passionate pursuit of God. How would the lifestyles of our families today be different if we were as focused on seeking the Lord as earnestly as David?
When was the last time you were that passionate for an experience with God? When did you last marvel at something the Father created? Did you experience great rejoicing when He answered your fervent prayer? Have you ever sat in silence, in awe of the Lord’s glorious majesty or might? When was the last time your family was so excited to join with others in worship that you could hardly wait to get to church? Have you ever experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit so strongly that you couldn’t leave His presence until He clearly released you?
Father, renew my passion for You! Help my heart to be hungry for Your Presence.
–taken from the article Earnestly We Seek You (Deepening Your Family’s Passion for Prayer) by Kim Butts
Praise the Creator of the stars, the sun, the sky, the earth, and all life in this vast creation. Thank him for having created you and providing for all your needs. Confess the doubts you’ve had that God could supply your needs from the storehouse of his abundance. Commit yourself to a way of giving that is as generous and loving as your Father’s. Ask God to continue to supply all your needs.
Ask God to meet the needs of families who struggle to make ends meet financially. Pray that their eyes will be turned to the Lord and to his ability to provide.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend