Praying for a Christ-awakening: Pursue His Heart

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The Bible has much to say about fighting the good fight of faith and becoming well-trained soldiers, but it also has a lot to say about the pure pursuit of God, His righteousness and His plan for us.

After they prayedthey were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly—(Acts 4:31).

Pray for: Christians to be involved in bold witness, accompanied by miracles, dramatic conversions, and Holy Spirit-empowered victories over evil.

Pursue God’s Heart

Much of the Word applies specifically to the battles we face. However, the Bible consists of sixty-six books. My point? The Bible has much to say about fighting the good fight of faith and becoming well-trained soldiers... but it also has far more to say about the pure pursuit of God, His righteousness, and His plan for us. I believe a wise conclusion to draw from the emphases in the Word of God is: give much time and thought to becoming well-equipped victors in the battle that rages, but give more time to the pursuit of the heart of God and all things concerning Him. Much about warfare. More about God Himself.

I think sometimes God must listen to our pitifully small acclamations and expectations of Him in prayer and want to say, “Are you talking to Me? I’m not recognizing Myself in this conversation. Are you sure you have the right God?” According to the prophet, “There is no one like You. You are great: Your name is great in power. Who should not fear You, King of the nations? It is what You deserve. For among all the wise people of the nations and among all their kingdoms, there is no one like You” (Jer. 10:6-7).

Believe it or not, the ultimate goal God has for us is not power but personal intimacy with Him. Yes, He wants to bring us healing, but more than anything, He wants us to know our Healer. The prophet, Jeremiah, said, “I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord. They will be My people, and I will be their God because they will return to Me with all their heart”
(Jer. 24:7).

Could you take the next few moments and become a prayer warrior for intimacy. Tell Jesus of your own desire for closeness and then pray for other followers of Jesusthat they would know Him and the power of the One in them.

Prayers of Thanksgiving:

Thank You, Jesus that You have given us “authority to overcome all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19). We rejoice in our victories over evil and that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). We are grateful that the “weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4).

Prayers of Confession:

Dear God, we do not always walk in truth. Forgive us for submitting ourselves to deception and wickedness rather than Your miraculous power. Let us see Your miracles as “we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Cor. 4:2).

Prayers of Petition:

Jesus, might we have victory over the evil in this world, for “if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does— comes not from the Father but from the world” (1 John 2:15-16).

Promises to Claim:

As we pursue Your heart, Lord, might our lives point to the One who gives living water, resulting in dramatic conversions: “... but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).

 

Adapted from Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds by Beth Moore.  (Nashville, Broadman & Holman, 2000), used with permission.

 

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