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What do you pray every day for yourself?
Ever since I became a believer, I practice fellowship with God on a regular basis. And with small failures, I could say that almost every day I go into the Presence of God and learn to abide in Him. Psalm 27:8 (TLV) speaks very well of what’s happening to my heart:
To You my heart says: “Seek My face.” Your face, Adonai, I seek.
However, I am sure that many of you experience a similar thing. And I hope nobody is interpreting what I said above as bragging.
Nevertheless, several weeks ago the Lord spoke something to my heart while I had my quiet time with Him. In that morning, I asked the Lord what to pray. And I sensed in my heart that God wants me to pray for five things. Moreover, these five things were like a warning and an encouragement at the same time.
Therefore, I want to share with you what I pray daily and see for yourself if these things apply to you too.
1. Pray every day to fix your eyes on Jesus
In Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) we read
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
We will go where we look. And if you are like me— and I believe you are— you want to follow Jesus! If you’re going to follow Him, then you need to look at Him. However, we are all in danger to look at people, at problems or the attacks of the enemy instead of looking to Jesus.
The Psalmist describes this danger in Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
I traveled not long ago with my wife and some friends into the mountains, in Romania. The mountains are very high. However, as we approached them, we were able to see the top of the mountains. Mountains, no matter how high they are, have an end. Moreover, above them, you can see the sky and know that God is much higher. The mountains have an end but the Lord is infinite.
God speaks to me constantly to look at Him. My prayer is for God to heal my eyes and help me or make me look always to Him not to myself or other people or obstacles. Needless to say, but this is the only way to enter our calling and remain in His will.
2. Pray every day for grace to have genuine fellowship with God
And by this I mean real fellowship with God. I have met many men of God over the years. And when I had fellowship with them— even for 10 minutes— I was always a different man. However, often I sat in the Presence of God and I knew I was not having real fellowship with the Lord. I did have fellowship with myself or my mind wandered God knows where.
The Lord spoke to me to fight for a genuine time of fellowship with Him. Often, just because I have a hectic program, I intentionally stop and seek His Face and Presence. Therefore, make sure you fight to keep your focus on God, no matter what you do or where you are.
3. Pray every day for help to guard your heart
I did understand in my time of fellowship that I need to watch over my heart. To practice God’s Presence is the most precious thing in my life.
However, as you already know, sin has a way to hinder our fellowship with God. And whenever this happens, we need to run back to the Lord in repentance and restore our fellowship with Him. God wants to fellowship with His children continually!
Often, that implies to ask for forgiveness from your spouse. Or to forgive someone else. And maybe to repent of a wrong attitude towards your leaders in your congregation. Whenever you sense your relationship with the Lord is somehow broken, ask for wisdom and revelation why is that so. Of course, often we do not have to ask the Lord because we already know the answer. As you know, whenever we live in sin, we cannot enjoy the full joy of being in fellowship with Jesus.
4. Pray every day for grace to rely on God alone
I sensed God telling me that if I want to see a breakthrough in my life, I need to rely on Him alone. As someone says ‘God, remove from my life anything I rely on besides You’. Often I realise how easily I rely on my strength or on certain strategies or people. However, I began praying for grace to always rely on God alone— my Rock.
Needless to say that this is often challenging and stretching my faith to the limits.
5. Pray every day and ask God for help to remove any idol
God never blesses idols or idolatry. Therefore, if you have a barren or sterile area in your life, it can be so because of an idol. Idols do not attract the Spirit of God but they hinder Him. And wherever the Spirit of God is present, He brings life (see Genesis chapter 1 & 2).
You might think these words from the Lord are only for me. However, I want to encourage you to pray and ask the Lord if they apply to your life too. Moreover, pray right now and ask the Lord to search your heart regarding today’s blog post.
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