During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map. After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward. I’ll leave you with a prayer I composed a while back and which I keep at the top of my own prayer list document.
Father, please use our nothingness to do something for your glory. Despite our insignificance, do something truly significant. Use our weakness to show that you are strong. Use our limitations to show that nothing is too difficult for you. Bypass our inadequate understanding by showing that you can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. Apply your inexhaustible resources to our seemingly large, but ultimately finite, needs. Use us to draw attention to your greatness in this inattentive world. Bring the free gift of eternal life in Christ through us to a world that is lost and dying. Amen.
Faced with a pile of problems, we may say with our lips that only prayer can solve them, yet we talk more than pray, worry more than pray, and scheme more than pray. In sum, everything is put before prayer. – Watchman Nee (1903 – 1972)
Prayer ought to be front and center among the things that the church is involved in. If we want the church to have lasting impact, then God’s will must be our primary concern. That happens through prayer.
It is the night before Jesus is crucified. Christ is fulfilling the role of a high priest by interceding for his followers – both in prayer and by then going to the cross. He prays for both the disciples that were with him and future disciples like us.