With Uplifted Hands And With Shouts Of Joy We Will Praise You, Lord!
A few months ago, a guest minister was invited to speak at my church. Her message to the awaiting congregation was spirit filled and impacted practically all in attendance as she expounded on effective ways to use God’s holy word when praying specifically for life’s situations. For surely, as you know, one of the main ways God works in our lives is through praise and worship.
Do you want God to ‘show up’ in due season with HIS answers to your prayers? Or do you abandon your partitions when you do not receive an instant reply? Or worst yet…do you commence ‘helping’ God by taking the situation into your own hands?
Well, here is where I share with you a most positive method of how to partition God’s throne whereby you cannot revoke your prayer request because you are not capable of doing so. Here is what the visiting itinerant preacher had to say:
Begin your prayer time with God by imploring Him to do something for you as he has already proven he can do through scripture. Pray the doxology prayer over yourself!
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance towards you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:21.
When praying and/or conversing with God, make your statement then add one or two of these scriptures, incorporating chapter and verse:
“Dear Jesus, according to Ephesians 1:17, 18 and 19, I sincerely ask that You allow Your blessings to cover me with the spirit of wisdom, the hope of your calling and the exceeding greatness of your power as I attempt to lead your people on this awesome journey to…(name the place or situation here)
“Dear Heavenly Father, just as it is written in Ephesians 3:16, I beseech Thee to keep me and strengthen me with Thy might and holy spirit and cause me to be routed and grounded in love…as I go forth in Your Name to…(name your situation here)
“Most Holy and Everlasting Father, just as it is written in 1 Peter 1:4, I humbly approach Your throne to ask You to keep me from the corruption that is in the world through lust and pornography and to keep me from falling and present me faultless before the presence of Your glory with exceeding joy as it is written in Jude 24.
Are you getting the picture? Okay, let’s continue…
Dear Lord, may your face shine upon me as I make your ways not only my ways, but also known upon the earth as written in Psalms 67:2, and as stated in Daniel 12:3, and help me to turn many to righteousness, with a zeal for good works as so proclaimed in Matthew 5:16.
Our Father which art in heaven, I come to you today on bended knee asking that you be gracious unto me so that I might receive all that pertains to life and godliness as the one you called the Rock has stated in 2 Peter 1:3. I truly need your grace and mercy so that I might abound to do every good work and turn sufferings into the power of God’s love down here on earth as it is in heaven according to 2 Corinthians 9:8 and 12-9.
Dear Jesus, it is my everlasting desire that I may have fullness of joy in Your presence as recorded in Psalm 16:11 and that my total being may reflect Your countenance and magnificent glory just as it is written in 2 Corinthians 3:7, and that You will shower me with good things so that I might bring gladness to those Whom You have assigned to my hands and that You and You alone might be glorified in accordance to Psalm 4:6 and 7.
Without a doubt, Heavenly Father, You are my Way-maker, my Peace as I am yoked to Your Son, Jesus Christ, just as it says in Matthew 11:29. Because Your peace surpasses human understanding and overcomes all human fears as recorded in Romans 5:1 and John 14:27. I pray this prayer in the precious Name of Jesus our Lord, Amen
Okay, no doubt, some of you are thinking this method of praying is too hard for me. I wont ever be able to remember which scripture matches which prayer request. So, let me put your mind at ease. Just take one suggested prayer request that best suits you. Make your partition, short, sweet and sincere. Pray this same prayer for 3 days. You will be surprised just how much your brain (mind) can comprehend. You will have it memorized in less than 3 days. TRY IT…YOU”ll like it!
After mastering that conversation with God…try another one. Keep this up for just 3 weeks and you will be armed with an arsenal of scriptures, an inspiring testimony that you can share and teach to others and a whole new way to converse and pray to God.
(And don’t forget to always give God all the praise, all the honor and all the glory.) Amen!
Billy Graham once said: “God gave us the Bible, His Word, so that we may hear from Him. So that we can be challenged. So that we can be encouraged. So that we can be changed. Hebrews 4:12 is one of several passages in the Bible that explains the power of God’s Word.”
Scripture Lesson: “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of the soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
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