WEEK TWO PRAYER FOCUS: Worship (Psalm 100:1-5)
Day Ten: Intimacy
Today's First Passage: Psalm 100:3
“It is He who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of His pasture.” We aren’t praying to a distant God who is out there somewhere in the Universe, we are speaking heart-to-heart with the one who designed every cell in your body, who called forth the purpose of your life, and who walks with you and cares for you like a shepherd cares for his sheep. This truth should change the way we relate to God, it pushes us beyond honor into intimacy.
Ultimately the goal of prayer is to Know God and be known by God. This part of prayer will outlast the part of prayer where we ask for Him to move on our behalf and change circumstances in this world. One day, the whole world will come into alignment with how He designed it to be. We won’t need to pray for healing or for salvation for those who don’t know Him, or for provision for our needs. However, we will still continue in prayer on into eternity by sharing our heart with the One who made us, the One who loves us, and the one who cares for us.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
Do I see God more as a distant ruler, or as an caring Shepherd?
If I were going to let God into the depths of my heart, what would I tell him?
What kinds of things do I want to know about God? - Try asking Him to show you more about Himself in these areas.
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES:
Work through these scriptures, letting them sink into your heart, and wrapping your own words around them for yourself, your family, our church and for our city.
For yourself/your family: Psalm 23:1-3
For Commonwealth: Psalm 28:9
For the City: Isaiah 40:11
DAY TEN PRAYER CHALLENGE: As an expression of trust and intimacy with God, open up to God about some of the deeper thoughts, questions, feelings and desires in your heart. Then, take some time to ask him to show you more of who He is. Spend time in prayer where the only goal is to know Him more and be known by Him more.
*To hear more about how God is your good shepherd who loves and cares for you, you can listen to the sermon “I am the Good Shepherd” from our I AM series.