Monday, March 10, 2008

Weekly Prayer Thought

You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1.8

One of the biggest problems that Christians have in the area of prayer is direction. We all know that we should be praying. We want to pray. We even try to pray- often giving up in discouragement and defeat. The problem is that we are haphazard about our prayers. We pray at meal times and before bed, but otherwise our approach is pretty random.

We should always consider the Scriptures, however. Throughout the Bible we read about the definite direction that God has for the world. There is always a plan. Creation is accomplished in seven days. Plagues, tribes, rains, commandments and disciples all come in specific numbers. Surely our prayers should be definite and specific as well. Andrew Murray, a great teacher on prayer, said, "Let intercession be a definite work, carried on as systematically as preaching or Sunday school."

PRAYER: Lord God, although we are never careless with our prayers, sometimes we are less than systematic. Our prayer lists are ever-changing. We struggle to have a regular prayer time. Help us to commit to the ministry of prayer in a real, specific, regular and systematic way, for your glory and our good. Amen.

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