PRAY: Release my worries and fears, Lord, so I can delight in the people I’m prayer for, as you delight in me.
Saturday – Day 25
Approaching God – As you enter this time of prayer, realize you are coming into the presence of the One who delights in you, who has adopted you as his child. Allow yourself to savor being a child of God.
“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:6-7)
Listening to God – One characteristic of hospitable people is their generous nature. If you are going to offer the gift of hospitality to those on your list, you need to work at further developing the spirit of generosity in your own life. Listen carefully and think about what God is telling you in the following verses.
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” (1 Timothy 6:17-18)
Talking with God – After you are done listening, pray that verse back to God. Is there reason for praise and thanksgiving? Do you need to confess anything? What do you need from God? What do you need to surrender to him? Pray the verse over your three people.
Surrendering to God – As God’s adopted, beloved child, end your prayer time by verbally acknowledging his Lordship in your life and your desire to trust his faithfulness and timing to answer the prayers for your three people as you pray these words, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him” (Lamentations 3:24).
By Jolene DeHeer