40 Days of Prayer : Day 20

I think one of the reasons we struggle with a powerful prayer life is that somewhere along the road our prayers become very static. We follow the same cadence, we use the same words, and we don’t express what we truly think and feel.
Psalm 3 is always a reminder for me that we can come before God with everything. We can bring Him our joy, our sorrow, our anger, our frustrations, our every though and emotion.
“Lord , how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord , are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord , and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, Lord ! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”
David actually asks God to strike his enemy on the jaw and break their teeth. For most of us, we would never conceive saying that in our prayers. We feel we need to say well thought out elegant prayers that sound pious and holy.
God wants us to bring all things to Him in prayer; so, may we learn to be open and honest in our prayers like David was. After all God called David, ” a man after God’s own heart.”

40 Days of Prayer : Day 19

2020 – being an election year – many of us can’t help but overhear political ads, political rhetoric, political debates, and a multitude of rants from people about why they hate or love a particular candidate. The saddest part about political discussions is how many people just get angry.
Look what Paul wrote about how we should think about our leaders, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-4
What if we channeled our energies away from all the negative emotions, interactions, and comments, and instead focused our time and energy toward lifting our leaders up to God? What if we truly believe that God is in control and that He alone can change the political landscape? What if we dedicated some time praying for God to intervene on behalf of the politicians we disagree with the most? What if we cried out to God to bring national revival starting in D.C. and our state capitals by leading the leaders to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ? What if we began to pray that the walls of division in our political system would crumble as Americans began to love each other as Christ loves the church?
Can you see this this kind of change? If not, spend some time reading through first and second Kings. You will see movements of God restoring a nation that has turned away. I don’t know about you, but I believe that we serve a God who can turn things around!
May you learn to bring all your leaders before the throne of grace so they may know the favor of God.

40 Days of Prayer : Day 18

One of the biggest hindrances we have as God’s people is that we live with a right now mentality. We want answers immediately. Yet God isn’t interested in our time table when it comes to answering our prayers.
This is where verses like Psalm 40:1 can teach us valuable lessons. “I waited patiently for the Lord ; he turned to me and heard my cry.” This Psalm of praise starts with David waiting patiently on the Lord and then God delivers him.
Patience is listed in scripture as part of the fruit of the spirit and as a characteristic of God Almighty. As we patiently wait for God, we have an opportunity to experience the very character of God in our own lives. We get the chance to sit back and relax, trusting our Lord to take care of the details. Verse 4 says, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord , who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.”
May God teach us a patient faith knowing that He is in control.