What Does Prayer Look Like in My Life?
The question arises in the midst of studying the building of the Tabernacle, in a Woman’s Heart, God’s Dwelling Place. This study by, Beth Moore, highlights the precision of God’s dwelling place in Exodus. Therefore, reading Exodus chapters 24-30 is opening this New Testament believer’s eyes to the reverence and holiness of my approach to God as I prepare my heart for prayer and worship.
Although, I like to wake up with a prayer on my lips, it’s often after I figure out what day it is. The birds remind me daily to be thankful, as they happily sing outside the window. A neighbors truck starting to head off to work brings the gratefulness of employment, transportation, living among hard working people. People right next door who suffer grief, challenges of health, and supporting their families.
Diligence in prayer is a beautiful offering in the presence of our Mighty God.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.
Is my Prayer Life An Offering?
I am still in bed, my arms and legs are moving, I can carry them forward and do something with purpose. I pray it glorifies the Lord today.
Mindfulness of the many who can no longer move brings intercession.
Clear thoughts and a warm, comfortable bed are just two of the gifts I take for granted each day, may I be thankful and remember and help those who lack both.
As the warm shower clears the fogginess of my brain, I think of missionaries in the field of service who go without this luxury. Also, orphans without a home or loving family, flash through my mind. May I support them in some way through reputable organizations.
It’s not long after I settle in with my coffee to study my bible, that I think about church, leaders, and the struggle to reach the lost. More opportunity, to pray, be mindful of great needs.
Division, struggles of powerful forces in government bring forth sadness and hurt for our nation. The excessive greed and pride in our nation is profoundly lead by reigns of the one who’s ulterior motive is to divide us completely. So we will not stand.
Moreover, where does my pride and greed divide people?
Am I humble when reprimanded? Do I acknowledge my mistakes and repair division? Awareness of my apathy and failure to listen at Holy Spirit’s prompting me to minister to someone is crucial in my prayer time! Please, make me aware, Oh Lord.
Confession of this pride and greed is necessary to hand over to Jesus, who intercedes for me at the right hand of the Father.
Therefore he is able to save completely[a] those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Lord, please forgive me as my prayer life has not been a reverent offering at times, but haphazard and hurried. You are the greatest need I hold onto each morning. Yet, I quickly forget your power, might, and comfort. As my legs leave the comfort of my home and head out into the influence of the world.
There, my armor, sometimes falters. My hope is sometimes shaken. Empathy is a challenge. May my heart be strengthened through your word. Moreover, may diligence in setting my mind on pleasing you be foremost. I cast off the arrows of dissatisfaction, disappointment, and offenses in light of your great love.