October 19, 2020
The Purpose I Pray, Even When It’s a Battle
ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ
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“Because of this I kneel earlier than the Father, from whom his complete household in heaven and on earth derives its identify. I pray that out of his superb riches he could strengthen you with energy by his Spirit in your inside being, in order that Christ could dwell in your hearts by religion. And I pray that you simply, being rooted and established in love, could have energy, along with all of the saints, to understand how broad and lengthy and excessive and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses information — that you could be be crammed to the measure of all of the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19 (NIV, 1984)
Prayer has been one of many biggest challenges of my Christian life. Whereas I do know I’m commanded, inspired, invited and infrequently compelled to wish, I’ve nonetheless struggled with prayer. My wrestle has centered totally on three areas.
First, I’ve struggled with focus. Why is it that as quickly as I bow my head to wish, my ideas begin to scatter? As an alternative of really speaking with God, I take into consideration what I want to repair for supper, or what I’m going to put on to a particular occasion, or after I can schedule espresso with a good friend. Or I’m so drained that I merely doze within the quietness of the hour.
The second space I’ve struggled with is consistency — making time every day to fulfill with the Lord in prayer. How typically I’ve been distracted by my chirping cellphone, or interrupted by my canine, or so busy I soar off the bed on the final minute and into my day with none actual prayer in any respect?
And I’ve struggled with content material — simply understanding what to say and easy methods to say it.
As I’ve sought victory in these three areas, I’ve requested God to present me options. And He has! Setting my alarm for an earlier time, permitting me to fulfill with the Lord earlier than I start my day, has helped with consistency. Writing down my prayers has helped not solely with content material but in addition with focus. I discover it useful to incorporate 4 parts in my written prayers: worship, confession, thanksgiving and intercession.
I start my prayers by worshipping God for who He’s, as a result of as I concentrate on Him, it’s wonderful how my very own wants and issues are gotten smaller in contrast with who He’s. Then I take a look at myself and confess the sin that now appears apparent, revealed by the sunshine of His holiness and glory.
I don’t beat myself up over my sin, however as an alternative, as soon as I’ve named it for what it’s, I transfer into thanksgiving to the One who has forgiven and cleansed me. At this level, I’m able to current my requests and intercede for others.
The Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesian followers of Jesus, and I pray these phrases for us as we search to attract nearer to God:
“Because of this I kneel earlier than the Father, from whom his complete household in heaven and on earth derives its identify. I pray that out of his superb riches he could strengthen you with energy by his Spirit in your inside being, in order that Christ could dwell in your hearts by religion. And I pray that you simply, being rooted and established in love, could have energy, along with all of the saints, to understand how broad and lengthy and excessive and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses information — that you could be be crammed to the measure of all of the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14-19).
Bear in mind, the aim of prayer is not only to get solutions. The aim is to develop an intimate, private relationship with the One who loves you, gave Himself for you and longs so that you can stay within the mild of His presence. Reaching the aim makes the wrestle greater than worthwhile.
Abba, Father, thank You for the privilege of coming into Your presence. Thank You for serving to me overcome my wrestle with focus, consistency and content material as I select to persevere in prayer. I like You! The reward of drawing nearer to Your coronary heart makes the work of prayer worthwhile 100 instances over. Please, as I flip to You, despite the fact that my prayers could also be feeble and halting, flip to me. Assist me keep targeted on my relationship with You. In Jesus’ Identify, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Romans 8:26, “In the identical method, the Spirit helps us in our weak point. We have no idea what we ought to wish for, however the Spirit himself intercedes for us by wordless groans.” (NIV)
Philippians 4:6, “Don’t be concerned about something, however in each scenario, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, current your requests to God.” (NIV)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Which of Anne’s struggles with prayer do you determine with essentially the most? Why do you assume that’s?
Anne discovered that writing down prayers enriched her prayer life. What has been most useful to you in your individual prayer life?
Anne Graham Lotz, known as “the most effective preacher within the household” by her father, Billy Graham, is a global speaker and the bestselling and award-winning creator of quite a few books, together with Just Give Me Jesus. Anne is the president of AnGeL Ministries in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the previous chairperson for the Nationwide Day of Prayer. Anne’s newest guide, The Gentle of His Presence, is a young assortment of prayers from instances of worship, confession, thanksgiving and intercession in Anne’s personal life.
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