When we pray, do we include scripture? You can imagine how it warms the heart of God when He hears His children quoting His word in their prayers. “Dear Lord, please bless my friend as she goes through her day” is rather generic and bland. Let’s offer up intercessory petitions that truly honor the Lord and utilize the power of His word: “O Most High, I lift up to You my sweet sister and ask that you remind her that she is precious and dear in Your sight and that nothing is too hard for You. Thank You for being her strength and her shield, dear God. You are a very present help in trouble, and I know You are able to guide her through this difficult situation.
Dear God, I praise you for being my fortress and stronghold, for upholding me in the midst of this storm. I ask that You show me Your glory and help me see Your loving, mighty hand at work in this crisis. I cast my every care upon You, for I know that You do, indeed, care for me. Jehovah God, I trust You with all of my heart and I will not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge You. I know that I can trust You to direct my paths. Be glorified, O Rock of my salvation, and hear the words of praise that come from my mouth. In Christ’s name I pray, amen.
The more of God’s word we absorb and memorize, the more effective our prayers will be. When we stop to consider the length of God’s love letter to us, why would we limit our prayers to limp, dry petitions that sound like we don’t really care or don’t really trust Him? We serve such a wise, powerful, and compassionate God; and His word, the Holy Bible, is packed with rich, expressive passages. When we read them, aren’t we comforted, encouraged, and challenged? So why would be offer up prayers that fail to ignite the power of the Holy Spirit?
If we know He’s a great God who parted the Red Sea for the Israelites so they could get across on dry land to escape the Egyptians, shouldn’t we be offering up prayers that acknowledge His ability to part our Red Seas and send a swarm of locusts to overtake our enemies when we’re in trouble? A friend once said to me, “There is so much God is able to do for us, and yet we ask so little of Him!”
Imagine you have this job, and you know the company is in dire need of some really outstanding work in order to keep the business from going under. You have the ability to perform that task, but no one in management is calling upon you. You’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get to it right away, but for some reason there is no one approaching you. Wouldn’t you be saddened by that? You’re watching this company slowly sink into bankruptcy and you’re just chomping at the bit to come charging to the rescue, but there is no one calling upon you for help. Don’t they know how capable you are to solve the problem? The answer, in your mind, is so simple, yet you see so many people sitting around worrying and brooding over the hopelessness of the situation. You hear others moaning and complaining about how bad things look but they treat you like you don’t even exist. You’re right there, fully aware of the situation and know exactly what’s needed to restore the business. Your heart is breaking because no one is acknowledging your ability to help!
The Lord God Almighty loves us with a steadfast, unconditional, everlasting love; and He longs to enjoy close fellowship with each of us. He sees us skurrying around trying desperately to get everything done that we think needs to be done before bedtime. How often do we stop, look to Him, call upon His power, wisdom, and compassion, and then trust Him to guide us through the day? When’s the last time you asked him to glorify Himself in your heart and in your home, your office or your classroom?
Lord, set a guard over my lips that I might not dishonor You with vulgar speech or haughty words of disdain. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptible in Your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer. I will stand firm upon Christ the Solid Rock, my Deliverer and my Redeemer. My hope is in the Lord. I will not fret, for that only does harm. I will not be afraid. After all, what can man do to me?