Daily Prayer of Expectancy
Father in heaven, great and powerful and full of love, I lift my heart in praise for the privilege of coming to You in prayer. Give me special grace as I join Your exalted Son in His ministry of prayer.
Search my heart, Lord, and show me if any sin is hindering Your work in my life. May I respond without delay whenever You make me conscious of sin. How grateful I am for Your total forgiveness the moment I confess my sin, turning back to You as my Lord!
And Father, teach me to pray. How much I yearn to know Your will and Your way. I thank You that Your Son lives within me. What a joy to know that He is my teacher – that through Him I can learn to pray. I can learn to release Your boundless power for both my needs and the needs of many others, near and far. Teach me to pray.
Day by day may Your Spirit work in me, motivating me to abide in Christ and pray in faith, moving Your mighty hand to fulfill Your purposes. Keep reminding me that You are able to do infinitely more than I would ever dare to ask or imagine, by Your mighty power at work within me.
To You be the glory both now and forever.
Pray for Love and Against Hindrances
Lord of love, You are the one Source of perfect, unfailing love. Love that is sacrificial impartial, and permanent! Work in me a growing love and affection for all people, and especially for all believers, a love like Yours, merciful, compassionate, ready to forgive, patient, considerate, deeply concerned about others well being.
Show me if there’s anything in my heart that would keep me from praying with Your love. Do You see grievances there? Anger? An unforgiving spirit? Resentment toward anyone in my past, or in my present? Envy or jealousy? Critical attitudes? Selfishness or pride? Anything else that hinders my love? Show me. Help me take the initiative in restoring any broken or damaged relationships with others in my family, at work or at my church.
May Your Spirit flood my heart with Your love, so that it washes away any unloving attitudes that I might have. Then may Your pure, warm love motivate me as I pray and flow through me toward every person in my life that I touch each and every day. I plead with You for this! And I believe You will do it.
And Lord, do these same things for all who partner with You in prayer, wherever they may be.
1 John 4:7-19
1 Thesalonians 3:12
Psalm 86:5; 145:8-9
Ephesians 4:26; 31-32