As I read through this portion tonight, it made me consider the list of people I have a burden for. This list is not a physical one, but one that has been on my heart for a while – though I need to get myself into the habit of forming a prayer journal of sorts. Most especially, I really appreciate the phrase “definite prayer”, which can be achieved by having a fixed time for prayer.
O Lord, I want to use my time wisely; that I would have a fixed time dedicated for prayer – not merely for my needs, but Lord, how about Your needs? The needs of those around me? Remind me Lord, to persevere in prayer!
Colossians 4:2 Persevere in prayer, watching in it with
1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions,
prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made on behalf of
~~~~~~~~~~~Words of Ministry~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
You have to pray for those around you. Is there no one who
needs your prayers? How many colleagues do you have? How
many neighbors do you have? How many relatives and friends
do you have? Always ask the Lord to place one or two special
persons in your heart. When the Lord places a person in your
heart, He intends to save this person through you. You
should write down his name in your record book and
continually bring him to the Lord through prayer.
You need to set aside a fixed time daily for this work of
intercession. Whether it be an hour, half an hour, or a
quarter of an hour, it must be a fixed time. If there is no
fixed time for prayer, there will not be definite prayer. As
a result, there will not be any prayer at all. Hence, always
fix a time for prayers, whether it is a quarter of an hour
or half an hour. Do not be too ambitious; do not plan for
two hours and end up not being able to carry it out. It is
more practical to set aside one hour, half an hour, or a
quarter of an hour. Always fix a time to pray for those who
need your prayer. Do not relax. Do this every day. After a
while, you will see sinners saved one by one.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the
Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee,
Messages for Building Up New Believers, p. 295. Both are
published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.