Prayers That Avail Much
Our pastor was preaching and came across the word fret in a scripture and said, "That's not a word I use often." Avail, in the title of a prayer book I am using, Prayers That Avail Much, evoked a similar sentiment for me.
Avail-"to help or benefit." What a great description of what prayer does for us!
Opening to page 5, I read, "To Be God-Inside Minded" There's a good daily goal, but it doesn't come naturally.
Germaine Copeland wrote these five scriptural prayers. You may want to print them off and take one out into the world with you each day this week. I'll try to remember to post one again each day at the end of the devotional, so we can pray them into our hearts.
"I am a spirit learning to live in a natural world. I have a soul, and I live in a physical body. I am in the world, but I am not of the world. God of peace, I ask You to sanctify me in every way, and may my whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until that day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. Father, You called me, and You are completely dependable. You said it, and You will do this. Thank You for the Spirit Who guides me into all truth through my regenerated human spirit."
"Lord, Your searchlight penetrates my human spirit, exposing every hidden motive. You actually gave me Your Spirit (not the world's spirit) so I can know the wonderful things You have given us. I am a child of God, born of the Spirit of God, filled with the Spirit of God, and led by the Spirit of God. I listen to my heart as I look to the Spirit inside me."
"Thank You, Holy Spirit, for directing me and illuminating my mind. You lead me in the way I should go in all the affairs of life. You lead me by an inward witness. The eyes of my understanding, are being enlightened. Wisdom is in my inward parts. God's love is perfected in me. I have an unction from the Holy One."
"Father, I am becoming spirit-conscious. I listen to the voice of my spirit and obey what my spirit tells me. My spirit is controlled by the Holy Spirit and dominates me, for I walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. I examine my leading in the light of the Word."
"I trust in You, Lord, with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge You, and You direct my paths. I walk in the light of the Word. Holy Spirit, You are my Counselor, teaching me to educate, train, and develop my human spirit. The Word of God shall not depart out of my mouth. I meditate therein day and night. Therefore, I shall make my way prosperous, and I will have good success in life. I am a doer of the Word and put Your Word first."