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10 Days 2015 Devotional, Day 5: Prayer as Listening to God

Day 5: Prayer as Listening to God: An Act of Love for our Neighbor

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…”1 Tim. 2:1

First in time, first in place and first in importance: Prayer.

I recently asked our local ministerial group this three part question:

  • What is prayer?
  • What has helped you the most in conversing with God?
  • How do you urge others to pray?

 

The answer from this group of pastors and ministry leaders was both simple and profound; the common theme was the need to take time to listen to God in prayer. If we are going to pray God’s purposes, we must hear from Him by being in the Word and hearing his voice in listening prayer, discerning together not only His general will for all people, but also His specific will for our neighbors.

Just think if everyone in your neighborhood was consistently prayed for by name, genuinely loved in Jesus name, and shared with as God directs and empowers. "He desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

As we pray for all people, God deals with us and helps us get our hearts right with Him and others. He also moves in the lives of those we are praying for. This helps prepare the soil of their hearts to receive the loving kindness He wants to pour out on them through your caring and sharing!

1Tim. 2:8   I desire then that in every place we should pray...

Father, We know that it is good and pleases you that we would lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to be our mediator and ransom. Help us to be the testimony of faith and truth at the proper time. Show us what to pray for our neighbors. Speak Lord, Your servant is listening.
In Jesus Name,
Amen.

John Kieffer is the Wisconsin State Facilitator of City Community Ministries for the Mission America Coalition. His burden is to call communities together into a faithful response to Jesus’Great Commission and Commandment.