In the coming weeks, as we learn more about the powerful, God-given gift of prayer, you will need to ask yourself some thought-provoking questions. Be honest with yourself, because God wants to transform your mind concerning the power and the privilege of prayer.
Ask yourself today: Have I ever neglected to pray because I felt God would do whatever He wanted to do anyway? If the real purpose of prayer is to fulfill God’s purposes on earth, how much do I know about those purposes? How can I learn more about God’s purposes? Have I been resisting God’s will in any area of my life? What can I do today to build a deeper relationship of love with God? What is one of God’s purposes that I can agree with Him about in prayer today? Now, let’s go to the Lord together in prayer with the confidence that we are in His will and His purposes:
Heavenly Father, You have said that the plans in a man’s heart are many, but it is Your purpose that prevails. We ask you to fulfill Your word and make Your purpose reign in our lives. We all have plans and goals that we are pursuing. We ask you to establish whatever is from You—whatever is in line with Your purpose—and cause to fade away whatever is not from You. We honor you as our Creator and as our loving heavenly Father. We affirm that it is You who works in us to will and to act according to Your good purpose. Renew our minds so we may understand Your ways and Your plans more fully. We pray this in the name of Jesus, who is our Way, Truth, and Life. Amen.
Thought: How can I learn more about God’s purposes?
Reading: Genesis 43–45; Matthew 12:1–23