I trust these five encouragements to prayer will bring you closer to the realization of just how precious is this privilege the Lord has given us. Take your time and read them slowly and with purpose. As each prayer speaks for itself there is no need for additional annotations or explanation. May each one be a source of comfort and encouragement as you are drawn nearer to the Lord.
“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” Romans 12:19. When we reach the point in our lives where we can honestly confront our enemies and pray sincerely for their welfare we have come to terms with the righteousness of God. “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matthew 5:44. “Lord there are moments in my life when I am misunderstood – when I am falsely accused – defamed, or wrongly persecuted. During these moments when my heart seeks retaliation help me to love as you love – to pray for my enemies, and to rely on your timing trusting in your righteous conclusions – I pray in Jesus’ name and for his glory – Amen.”
“You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength” Psalms 31:4. The heart of God is such that he always desires to protect his children. If you can say with assurance that “God is my strength” then you have no need to fear what the day may hold. “Father how comforting it is to know that there is no extreme that you would not go to for my eternal well-being, including the cross. That you accept me in Jesus Christ. That you will never leave me or forsake me. That I can rest easy in your presence knowing that I am secure in your love – thank you for your unmerited – unconditional love. I pray in the name Jesus Christ and for his glory – Amen.” “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation” Isaiah 12:2.
“So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God” Acts 12:5. The entire state of Rome through the hands of Herod were unable to stop a praying church. “Lord, that your church today might be such a force against the administrative hand of injustice – that the powers of heaven might be release through the united prayers of your children – that we might be set-free from dependence upon self and revived to dependency upon Jesus who said, ‘All power is given unto me…lo I am with you always’ - Release yourself, O Lord, through our wanton heart and meet our requisite need I pray in Jesus name and for his glory – Amen.”
“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word” Acts 6:4. Prayer is an outgrowth of what’s happening inside. The pressures of life in our culture are such that unless we intentionally plan a time of prayer, much like we would anything else, it may never happen. “Lord, you’ve call me to a life of prayer. And I admit that I often find myself neglecting this great privilege. Help me, I pray, in these days of social busyness to separate that which is of eternal value from that which is temporal. Give me a heart willing to dedicate myself to prayer – in Jesus name and for his glory – Amen.” Don’t force prayer lists as they will choke you instead ask God what’s on his heart that he wants you to pray about – give it time - genuine prayer will come.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him:” Lamentations 3:25. Frequently taking matters into our own hands time and again we are led astray through hast and impatience. “Lord forgive me for being irresponsibility – for not trusting in you regarding the concerns of life. There are moments and days when my thinking becomes cloudy and I forget that your timing is perfect – that you are never behind with your work and that you will fulfill your promises and carry out your plan. Help me Lord to be anxious for nothing and in everything to seek you in prayer – I pray in Jesus name and for his glory, Amen.”
Until we can sit down together I remain faithfully yours,
Glenn. T. Horne