Did you know that prayer changes things? Notice, I said prayer changes things…not changes God’s mind. To think that our prayers changes God’s mind is presumptuous thinking. For we read in Malachi 3:6 that “I (God) the Lord do not change”. So, our best bet when partitioning God’s throne is just to pray that God’s will be done, and not our own. You do this by praying His word back to him.
Some time ago, a guest minister was invited to speak at a church I used to belong too. Her message to the awaiting congregation was spirit-filled and impacted practically all in attendance. She expounded on ways to use God’s holy word when praying specifically for life’s situations. For surely, as you know, one of the main ways that God works in our lives is through praise and worship.
Here is what the itinerant preacher had to say on just how to partition God’s throne in the most positive method. First, she asked the awaiting congregation the following questions: 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 a reply instantly? Or worst yet…do you commence ‘helping’ God by taking the situation into your own hands?
The preacher recommended that when praying, begin your prayer time with God by using scripture that implores Him to do something anew for you as he has already demonstrated he can and did do in your past. For example, pray a thankful doxology prayer first and make it a personal confession:
|Dear Holy and Everlasting Father, I thank you for blessing me and keeping me all the days of my life. I sincerely am appreciative that you make your face to shine upon me, and you are gracious towards me. May you always turn your face towards me and give me peace. (Revised from Numbers 6:24)|
After praying the above introductory statements, continue with your new partitions by using more scriptures, quoting chapter and verse. Here are a few examples:
|Now, Dear Jesus, according to Ephesians 1:17, 18 and 19, I sincerely ask that You bless me with the spirit of wisdom, the hope of your calling and the exceeding greatness of your power as I lead your people on this awesome journey to…(name the place or situation) |
Now, Sweet Jesus, 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)
Now, Holy Father and Lord of my life, just as it is written in 1 Peter 1:4, I humbly approach Your throne of grace 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 also written in Jude 24. Amen and Amen!
I ask you…are you getting the picture of what the itinerant preacher had to say? I do heartedly hope so.
So, I will close with this prayer for you…
Dear Lord, may Your face shine upon all those who call upon Your Holy and Righteous Name as Your people make Your ways known upon the earth (Psalms 67:2) And may their efforts under the guidance of the Holy Spirit turn many to righteousness (Daniel 12:3) with a zeal for good works. Amen. (Matthew 5:1).
Scripture Lesson: “Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him (2 Corinthians 2:14).
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