Today’s Verse/Thought: Purposeful Prayer
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly. Acts 4:31
Prayer is the most wonderful privilege we have. It is communication with God. God responds to our prayers, and as He does, we develop the kind of progressive faith that brings us closer to Him. If you are not praying, your life will not work right. This is a fact. Prayer needs to become such a natural part of our life that it is like breathing. If you are a parent, you need to take that responsibility seriously and be praying for your kids every day.
Make a commitment right now to develop a healthy prayer habit. Determine when the best time of day would be. Some may be more alert in the morning. Others may find the evening to be more convenient.
Sit down and make a list of all of the things you would like to pray about. They will usually fall into categories like, family, friends, neighbors, vocational issues, etc. You may even want to separate your list into these categories.
Entries such as family members and major struggles and challenges you may want to carry across every day. Others could be on a once a week basis.
Once you have finished your list now is the time to divide it into manageable chunks. You can do this on your computer with a spreadsheet program or on a piece of paper. Write down the seven days of the week as column headings. Then break down your list into things that you will pray for on each of the days.
This exercise will help you focus on specific concerns each day. I find myself continually adding and subtracting requests. Don’t be intimidated by long lists, the longer the better. You will never run out of things to pray about, and before you know it, you will begin to see answers!
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Seeking Him First…Not What I Want