Impact Prayers

Prayer with Purpose and Impact:

In Colossians 1:9-14, Paul prays for the growth of the church. First of all, we can thank Paul for his prayers, because we were included in that prayer. Secondly, we can learn a lot from Paul and how he prayed. Take notice of verses 9-10 specifically in Paul’s praying for us to have spiritual wisdom and understanding and why he prays what he does. He wants us to live a life worthy of the Lord and ensure that our lives are pleasing to Him in all respects.

When it comes to having a prayer life that pleases God, we need this understanding and wisdom. We need to know how to pray for those connected to us in a meaningful way. We need to pray for others’ impact as well as our own. He has transformed us from death to life and His desires for our lives is to be used for His glory. Therefore, we need to first of all pray for wisdom and understanding in even how and what to pray for.

When is the last time you asked God to give you the words to even give back to Him? When is the last time in your prayer life, that you just sat and listened? Sometimes we can get in such a rush that we spout off our list of demands and we do not sit, listen and gain wisdom, understanding and direction. Think about that… a prayer life without wisdom, understanding and direction could quite possibly come across like a two year old child making demands without consideration to the desires of the parent. If we are going to live out our purpose of glorifying God, then we must be concerned with the things that He is concerned with.

Therefore, in your praying impact prayers, we must get on the same page as God. To do such, we must begin by knowing Him, knowing His word… there is so much that we have already been told to pray for and it has been modeled for us in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. In addition, it comes in our being quiet, listening and allowing the Holy Spirit to prompt us in our prayers. The Spirit will tell us who to pray for and how… that is part of the job description of the Holy Spirit.

ON YOUR FACE BEFORE GOD:

So, in preparation to be a prayer warrior that is making an impact… might we suggest a couple of precursors to your prayer time. First, read scripture. Read and re-read the prayers within the Bible and look at how the saints prayed before us. Secondly, might we suggest that you allow the prayer time to start in silence waiting for the Holy Spirit to come rushing in. As the Spirit prompts you, pray for the items that He brings to your mind. If you want to be effective, if you want to make an impact, get involved where God wants you involved.

Holy Father God in Heaven… today I want to join You where You can best use me for Your glory. There are lots of things on my mind and my heart. I trust that these things are truly important to You. Yet, Lord, I want to pray in such a way that I am connecting as close to Your heart and will as possible. The only way I know to do this, is to pray for things You have instructed me towards in Scripture and also to listen to Your Spirit. Therefore, Lord, I will sit here quietly with anticipation and expectation of You revealing Your heart and will for me today. I pray that You will give me the words and direction that I need. I pray that You will give me wisdom and understanding so I know how to pray and for whom to pray. Now I wait, I trust and I listen…

Pray with Impact:

Holy Father God in Heaven… today I want to join You where You can best use me for Your glory. There are lots of things on my mind and my heart. I trust that these things are truly important to You. Yet, Lord, I want to pray in such a way that I am connecting as close to Your heart and will as possible. The only way I know to do this, is to pray for things You have instructed me towards in Scripture and also to listen to Your Spirit. Therefore, Lord, I will sit here quietly with anticipation and expectation of You revealing Your heart and will for me today. I pray that You will give me the words and direction that I need. I pray that You will give me wisdom and understanding so I know how to pray and for whom to pray. Now I wait, I trust and I listen…