Day 3 - Prayer Changes Things
Something worth having is always worth praying for. When we seek to spread God’s Word, it’s not medical help, education, or impressive speeches that will turn the tide, but undiluted prayer and nothing less. We are working toward Jesus Christ’s harvest, so why wouldn’t we communicate with Him above all else?
What is truly special is that Christ Himself prays for us. He is our ultimate Intercessor in this dying world. It is always touching to know that one of our friends or family members is praying for us, but how much more wonderful to know that the very Son of God is praying for you and me! He also sets a towering example of the way we should pray (Matt. 6:5–13).
Do not neglect the “prayer closet,” the place where you pray alone to God. It is like the roots of a tree: without the roots the tree cannot grow strong and survive when the rough wind blows. Daily communion with our heavenly Father is absolutely critical to the Christian life. Give the first fruits of every morning, and indeed the rest of the day, to Jesus by spending time in prayer with Him.
When you pray, go to a quiet place and keep it personal. Ask the Lord to visit you in a special and fresh way so that you can feel His powerful presence in your quiet time.
Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Matthew 6:5-13 And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9Pray then like this:
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
PRAYER: God, please make prayer my fuel for life. Thank You, Jesus, for interceding for me always. Amen.
The content for this devotional was adapted from "The Bible with Grassroots Reflections" by Angus Buchan © Christian Art Publishers.