Give Yourselves Fully

1 corinthians 15 58

Verse of the Day:  1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Stand firm, let nothing move you and don’t give up. Keep doing the work (your ministry) and all the good works the Lord has called you to do and do them with all of your heart for the honor and glory of the Lord. God will equip you and strengthen you to accomplish His purpose and to be fruitful. Every good work is useful for God’s kingdom, edification and the saving of lives. The Lord sees everything you do and He will never forget the love you demonstrate to His people. Nothing you do for Him is ever in vain or a waste of your time and effort. By His grace you will be rewarded in heaven so give yourself fully to the work of the Lord.

For God’s Purpose

Romans 6 13

Verse of the Day:  Romans 6:13

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

When you are born again, you have a new identity in Christ and you are no longer a slave to sin. You no longer have to give in to your sinful nature. You are no longer under the command of Satan for sin, but under the command of God for righteousness. (Matthew Poole) Because you have been set free by the precious blood of Christ, you are now able to surrender your mind, body and soul to God. Devote yourself to righteousness and offer yourself to God in cheerful obedience as an instrument of faith, joy, hope, peace and love to be used for His purpose.

Meditation

Psalm 77 12

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 77:12

I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.

Make time to meditate and reflect on all the mighty deeds the Lord your God has done for you and give Him all the glory. Meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8) This is especially helpful when your current circumstances are challenging. Thinking about the ways God has been merciful to you in the past will give you comfort and peace as he brings you through your present situation.

 

Sing During Prayer

Psalm 100 2

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 100:2

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

God is good and giving Him grateful praise through songs is a beautiful way to worship Him during your prayer time. Come before the Lord’s presence with singing and let your spirit praise Him with gladness and freedom singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness for His love and mercy. When you come before the Lord singing joyful songs not only does it please God but it also refreshes your own soul. It doesn’t matter how well you sing; what matters is that it comes from your heart.

Read During Prayer

2 Timothy 3 16

Verse of the Day: 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

Reading the Bible as part of your prayer can lead to enlightenment.  The Book of Psalms is a great place to start reading scriptures that turn into prayers. They’re full of wonderful praise and thanksgiving to God. Before you begin to read the Bible ask God to open your eyes and make clear what He is trying to show you. If you’re looking for a specific topic you want to address in prayer you can use a Bible concordance or look up verses on the internet. Once you find the Bible verse you want to focus on, read it, meditate on it, think about what it really means to you, then pray about it. God speaks to you in many ways including His written Word. He may open your eyes to something new when a passage you’ve read before suddenly becomes clear and impacts you like never before. Remember, when we pray, we talk to God; when we read the Bible, God speaks to us.

Listening

1 Samuel 3 10

Verse of the Day:  1 Samuel 3:10

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Prayer is not only about us talking to God, it’s also about actively listening to hear the voice of God. We may not hear an audible voice like Samuel did but we can learn to discern when God is speaking to us by testing it with some basic principles. (1 John 4:1) Ask yourself these questions: Does it agree with the Bible? Does it make me more like Christ? Does my church family confirm it? Is it consistent with how God shaped me? Does it concern my responsibility? Is it convicting rather than condemning? Do I sense God’s peace about it? (Rick Warren) Spend time with God and be still. Listen with your heart and learn to recognize God’s voice.

Intercession

1 Timothy 2 1

Verse of the Day:  1 Timothy 2:1

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.

Intercession is prayer said on behalf of and for other people. Not only are we able to come before God for ourselves but we’re able to pray for God’s blessings upon our family and friends. We can pray for their needs, their health and most importantly, we can pray for their salvation. God wants all people to be saved so we should be praying for everyone we know and even those we don’t know. I can only imagine how many people have been saved and have come to know God because someone was praying for them. When we pray for others God’s love works through us. The greatest gift you can give someone is to pray for them. Nothing proves you love someone more than mentioning them in your prayers.

Personal Requests

Matthew 6 8

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 6:8

For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

God already knows your needs before you ask but He still wants to hear your request and see you exercise your faith. Before you get on your knees to pray, God’s already making a way. Coming to God in prayer for your needs shows your reliance and dependence on Him. If there’s something you need, go directly to the source. Take it to God in prayer, be bold and confident with your personal requests and always pray with the right motives and according to His will.

Confess Your Sins to God

1 john 1 9

Verse of the Day:  1 John 1:9

If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Even on our best days we still sin in our daily lives and unconfessed sin can be a stumbling block that keeps us from having fellowship with God. Although our past, present and future sins have been paid for by Jesus Christ, we must confess our personal and daily sins to God to stay in good standing. The Bible says, The Lord is far from the wicked but He hears the prayers of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29) When we confess our sins we are forgiven and purified from unrighteousness. Humbly come before the Lord and honestly confess your sins against Him for He alone is able to truly forgive. God is merciful and ready to forgive, don’t let unconfessed sin come between you and the Lord.

Pray for God’s Will to Be Done

Matthew 6 10

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 6:10

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

If you’re not sure how to pray or what to pray for, start by praying for God’s will to be done in your life. Praying for God’s will to be done is an act of faith because we know and believe that God’s will is good and perfect and therefore, we trust in His plans and His will for us. Pray that your own will, heart and actions would conform to God’s will by making Him the center of your life. Don’t be intimidated by long, loud or eloquent prayers.  Prayer doesn’t have to be formal or full of big, fancy words it just has to be from your heart. Have a sincere conversation with God and pray knowing and believing that He hears you.