Saturday, April 13, 2013

Not my will but Thine

Via The Wittenberg Door, some good thoughts about prayer from the In Christ Jesus site:
  1. Prayer, at its most basic level, is an expression of our dependence upon God.
  2. Our purpose in prayer is to glorify God by seeing him actively accomplish his will here on earth. God, not us, must be the center focus of all our prayers and it is his will and not our own that we must pursue.
  3. Submission and solitude are essential ingredients in Jesus’ prayer life and should be in ours.
  4. Our intention in prayer should be that we recognize how God is working in and through circumstances, rather than merely change them.
  5. Thankfulness for God’s movement in the lives of our brothers and sisters allows us the opportunity to see God’s work in others and helps us avoid self-absorption.
  6. Prayer for knowing God better, gaining special insight into our eternal hope, and for power to live for God’s glory should govern all other requests.
  7. When we pray, we should emphasize a growing love for one another, pure and blameless living, and all that accommodates our maturity in Christ.
  8. A depth of insight into the limitless dimensions of Christ’s love for us can only be gained by prayer.
  9. God is more interested in us than in what we want and he occasionally denies our requests so that his glory and our good will be optimal.