If all regenerate church members in Western Christendom were to intercede daily simply for…
…the most obvious spiritual concerns visible in their homes, their workplaces, their local churches and denominations, their nations, and the world and the total mission of the body of Christ within it,…
…the transformation which would result would be incalculable.
Not only would God certainly change those situations in response to prayer – we have Christ’s word that if we ask in his name he will do more than we ask or think – but the church’s comprehension of its task would attain an unprecedented sharpness of focus.
Perhaps much of our prayer now should simply be for God to pour out such a spirit of prayer and supplication in the hearts of his people.
Question for Reflection
- How is your prayer life?
Richard Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life, 160.
14 thoughts on “On Prayer”
I wonder if that quote wouldn’t be better used with the word “spiritual” highlighted? I know I and others I have talked with too often petition for OUR concerns, not spiritual concerns. I say all this in response to your question about my prayer life…it needs much more focus on the spiritual needs I see through God’s eyes. My prayer life needs more silence too, time to listen for God’s response instead of just asking for things and then doing what I think I need to do. Or said another way, what I think I can control.
I think you are right. We often focus on our own needs. For that reason, I developed a prayer sheet for our Wednesday night prayer meetings. It is modeled after the Lord’s Prayer. Here are the questions:
(1) How can we praise God this week?
(2) How can we pray for God’s will to be done and kingdom to grow? (God’s will in Scripture, Missions both local and international, Personal Outreach, the Church how it functions and supports kingdom growth).
(3) What personal concerns do we have?
What sins do we need forgiveness from?
What spiritual or physical needs in the community need prayer?
What physical needs do we need met?
What concerns do we need wisdom or guidance to handle?
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