-For your sake and the sake of those we are praying for, if possible,
think about your request tonight and what you would like us to pray
for. This is going to allow you to understand what really needs to be
prayed for in the issue. Also, it allows more time for others to share
and to pray.
-As always, don't worry about how you might sound or if you don't
think you pray as well as someone else. I think it very much delights
our Father to hear different kinds of prayers from different
personalities and points of view and postures of heart. All our prayers
should sound pretty different from one another. I'm personally
challenged by the way that my good friends Jim Mullins, Adam Prather
and David Pettit pray, but I wouldn't necessarily want to be in a room
full of people exactly like them for an hour praying. It'd be like
hearing the same person over and over. There is a difference between
learning from someone and trying to be them. Learn from godly men and
women who pray well, but don't try to be them.
-Also remember to rest in Christ in prayer. He is your High Priest. He
is the one who purifies your conscience and makes you to appear before
God. Meditate on Hebrews 8 and 9 in regards to this. In Hebrews 9 it
says "For if the sprinkling of a defiled person with the blood of goats
and calves, and with the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies for the
purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who,
through the eternal Spirit offered himself to God without blemish,
purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God."
Brothers and sisters - meditate tonight on the utter uselessness of
your words and voice in prayer to bring you before the presence of God!
Rest in your High Priest in prayer!
Lastly I want to leave you with this thought from Jude. May this be on
your mind tomorrow morning:
"Now to Him being able to keep you without stumbling, and to set you
before His glory without blemish, with unspeakable joy; to the only
wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty and might and authority,
even now and forever. Amen"