Praying does not mean convincing God to do your will, but doing His will through your will. Therefore, the key to effective prayer is understanding God’s purpose for your life, the reason you exist—as a human being in general and as an individual specifically. This is an especially important truth to remember: Once you understand your purpose, it becomes the “raw material,” the foundational matter, for your prayer life.
God’s will is the authority of your prayers. Prayer calls forth what God has already purposed and predestined—continuing His work of creation and carrying out His plans for the earth.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will. (Ephesians 1:11) The Father works out everything “in conformity with the purpose of his will.” In this way, your purpose in God is the foundational material for your prayers regarding provision, healing, deliverance, power, protection, endurance, patience, authority, faith, praise, thanksgiving, confidence, assurance, boldness, and peace, for the supply of all your needs. Everything you need is available to fulfill your purpose. All that God is, and all that He has, may be received through prayer. The measure of our appropriation of God’s grace is determined by the measure of our prayers.
Father, I do not want to accomplish my will, but Your will. Lead me to conform my prayers and myself to the purpose of Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Purpose is the raw material for your prayer life.
Reading: Genesis 30–32; Matthew 9:1–17
-Daily Power and Prayer Devotional