“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).
To be sanctified is to be set apart, to be made holy. We, like the first-century Christians, have been set apart, sanctified, and made holy for the purpose of being sent into the world by Jesus. When we pray to be set apart, we need our prayers to match up with Jesus’ desire and purpose for us. He has sent us into the world. That doesn’t mean that every single one of us will embark upon a cross-cultural mission (though many will and should). It does mean that Jesus has sent each of us into this world to carry His life and His light. “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). “Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him” (Psalm 4:3).
Thank You, Father, for setting me apart as Your own. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, You have sanctified me. Let me live my life completely for You, always ready to go where You tell me to go and to do what You tell me to do. Because You are holy, I commit myself to live in holiness through Your Holy Spirit within me.
–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 for his patience. Thank the Lord for being patient with you and allowing you to come to repentance in Christ (2 Pet. 3:9). Confess impatience you have felt or expressed toward God or other people. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of patience through the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to fill you with his patience.
Impatience is a hallmark of our me-first society. Pray that the church will have a softening influence, proclaiming and demonstrating a patient “Jesus-first” message. Ask that the church will be patient even in the midst of affliction (Rom. 12:12).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).