Today I thought I would share how I format my morning prayers. As you can see in the image above I record all of my prayer requests in a book.
I draw a cross so I make four boxes. In each box I write a heading – things I am thankful for, prayers for help (for me), prayers for others, and what God is saying. I find it has a way of balancing your prayers for yourself and for others.
I take a few minutes in each section and write down what comes to mind as I sit silently with God. After I have written some things down, I pause and give thanks or pray. I make sure I take my time in each section.
For the last box at the bottom I simply pray “Is there anything you want to say to me Lord?” I then pause and wait on God. Usually before long I find He speaks quietly to my heart. Sometimes He reminds me of a Bible passage or He brings someone to mind to contact or He speaks words of encouragement to me.
The best part of this is you can look back over your prayer requests and see how they were answered. You can tick things off your list and see how God has worked in your life. It is a real faith builder.
I would encourage you to try it and see how you go. It has blessed me so much over the years.
I got an old secular song stuck in my head today – Let my love open the door. From memory it was written by Pete Townsend. The chorus was the bit that stuck…
Let my love open the door, let my love open the door, let my love open the door, to your heart.
As I reflected on the lyrics I began to think about it differently. Rather than one person singing it to another, I imagined God singing it to me. Instead of lowercase m in my, an uppercase M changes it all. Let My (God) love open the door, to your heart.
I believe this is the key. Letting God’s love unlock our hearts to both loving Him and loving our neighbour. Some doors are locked tighter than others, so we need God’s help. I certainly did! How about you?
Dear God, I want to be a truly loving person. I want to love You with all of my heart and love my neighbour as myself. Please unlock my heart today so I can do this. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Matthew 11:28 NLT – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
For some reason I hear Jesus say “Come to Me all who are weary” and I miss the “carry heavy burdens” part. I have burdens I still carry. Things that always seem to be on my heart and in my mind. I need to come to Him afresh and allow Him to take my burdens. How about you? Have you got heavy burdens you carry? Maybe it is time to let them go to Jesus?
Dear Jesus, You call us to come to You if we are weary and carry heavy burdens. Right now I come to You afresh as I am weary and burdened. I give them to You and exchange them for Your rest and peace. Amen.