My continual prayer for us as God’s people is “CHANGED HEARTS”, for I know when THAT changes…the rest will follow close behind. Remembering Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:33: “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things will be added to you,” is a reminder when THAT becomes one’s focus…everything else that is of primary importance will follow.
Prayers of PERSISTENCE…prayers that will not give up until God blesses you …UNTIL you then see HIS WILL become reality in Your life.
When we think of change…we mostly think of a change of behavior yet…more deeply than that….God longs for and desires a change of heart. One that turns from darkness…to light; from a lie…to God’s TRUTH; from our will…to His Will.
As that begins to happen in a life…and change deepens, spiritual and emotional growth and development will kick into gear once again in people’s lives…and they will begin to walk toward their true DESTINY in God – rather than running from it.
God has HIS part to do…but we have OURS, too. And that is to keep on praying….to not let the Lord go…until He blesses in the fullness of spiritual development and maturity so we can fulfill our purpose and destiny.
Place the “shoe” where it fits…it may be concerning your child…it may be you own personal life and walk with the Lord…it may be in your own health… or even a business deal….Specific to the current needs in your own life, it maybe in your marriage which may be harboring some “open wounds” that need His healing touch of repair and restoration…. …BUT LISTEN to what the Holy Spirit “is saying” to us as the “church”. Listen and learn….
Over a period of five years, my family owned two English bulldogs. These were the real thing! Pedigree specimens. One was called Dixie Jubilee and the other was Buster Bo!
There is a myth about bulldogs that they are fierce and mean. Strangers almost universally seem to be afraid of them. But the opposite is true. Do not look at a bulldog’s mouth and teeth…instead, look at his eyes (which are sort of bugged on that smashed face). The eyes are gentle and sweet. They are not vicious…except to people who are mean to them.
There is a specific quality in bulldogs. Once they latch on with their mouth, they will NOT let go UNTIL they decide they want to. These dogs can be hit or beaten, but they will not let go UNTIL they are good and ready! They have a strong grip with their mouth. The fact that they have no neck somehow helps them to hold fast and stay connected!
We, as the Body of Christ, need to be that closely connected to the Head, Jesus Christ, so that our grip in prayer will be similar to that of the bulldog. We must be people who boldly approach God with the prayer of utter shameless persistence. It includes the concept of great boldness, of urgency, of pressing one’s request, claim, or demand to the very limits, and it includes determination to persist in that urgent boldness…UNTIL it receives the answer. Andrew Murray, a great man of prayer, said that this is a determination to persevere in prayer, to spare not time nor trouble…TILL an answer comes.
This kind of persistent prayer means, that, like the bulldog, we will NOT let go UNTIL we receive fulfillment of the promise of God upon a matter. It will take some effort, some struggle, some time, some wrestling with issues to see the matter through. A few sentences of “mental prayers” will not “cut it!” Why? Because they have no urgent dynamic, no force, no power to persevere. In prevailing prayer, we either sign on for the duration and relentlessly stay in the prayer battle, or we will not obtain the result we believe God desires…which by now, should be our desire.
To see results in prayer, it will take persistence, perseverance, commitment, and discipline. It will take a willingness to struggle to the point of a “changed nature” in the course of the praying.
Often, and in this kind of prayer…. “change means pain”. Think of it….change only comes with struggle…a birthing….a new nature. Are we willing to go through the pain that comes with a changed heart in that one we are praying for, or even in OURSELVES? Go through the “go through”! When you can’t go around it…under it…over it… you have to “go THROUGH it” to get to the kind of change God is desiring…..a CHANGE of HEART…a CHANGE of nature that will bring glory to the Lord!
To be Continued……
.Looking ALWAYS to this JESUS!
“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!” Hebrews 13:8
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