God sits on His throne in His temple. Jesus sits beside Him, vigorously pleading for those He loves. For us. The Holy Spirit is there too. On our behalf He utters groans that words cannot express. And then there’s us. Sitting here, yet welcomed into the presence of this Almighty God (Psalm 11:4, Psalm 18:6, Jeremiah 50:34, Hebrews 7:24-25, Romans 8:26-27).
–He invites us to come with confidence (Hebrews 4:16).
–He tells us our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16).
–He says pray about anything and everything. When we do He gives us His peace (Philippians 4:5-6).
–He tells us that faith the size of a mustard seed can say to a mountain, –“Move!” and it will move (Matthew 17:20).
–God says He loves us more than we can know and that He is able and willing to do more than we ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:18-20)
The best way to grow in prayer is to understand what it is. It’s talking with someone who knows you verywell.
Every one of us can pray this:O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. Youplace your hand of blessing on my head (Psalm 139:1-5).
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and prayand seek my face and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Dr. John Fuder wrote, “It is also our hope that this Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide could rally a similar prayer focus across other cities in our nation and around the world. May God give us tears for our cities.”*