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Thoughts on Intercessory Prayer #13-24

Posted by Cinda On March - 19 - 2013

13. Your need or your desire is simply His entry point into your life. In meeting your need and fulfilling your desire, He is drawing you to deeper dependence on Him and deeper intimacy with Him. (Live A Praying Life) “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

heartwall14. You cannot know the desire of your heart until you know the heart of your desire. Usually, what we describe as “the desire of my heart” is really a secondary desire orbiting around the true desire. What we think we desire is really the way we have imagined the true desire will be met. We often mistake the desire of the moment for the desire of our hearts. Give Him access to your heart. He will peel back the desire of the moment and show you the desire of your heart. To the desire of your heart, there will always be a resounding “yes” from heaven. (Live A Praying Life) “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:9-11

15. God has a good, loving, and productive purpose for scheduling waiting periods into the prayer process. When He has called on you to wait, it is because the wait is necessary to the outcome. He is doing something during the waiting period that He could not do without it. (Live A Praying Life) “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalms 130:5

16. His desires poured into our hearts so that they become our desires—this is the secret of powerful and effective prayer. (Live A Praying Life) “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” John 4:34

17. It is His pull on our hearts that causes us to desire Him. Our longing for Him is but the echo of His longing for us. (Live A Praying Life) “This is love: not that we loved him, but that he loved us… We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:10, 19

18. Through a consistent, daily intake of His Word, God will reveal His heart and direct our prayers. His Word becomes the mold in which our prayers are shaped. (Live A Praying Life) “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16

19. The person who is abiding in Christ has desires that are God-shaped. Out of the life that is abandoned to God and His purposes flows the prayer that God has promised to answer. (Live A Praying Life) “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

20. Power flows from purity. Seek purity and you will find power. (Live A Praying Life) “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” Psalms 24:3-4

21. The Spirit’s quiet whisper bids me bow before Your throne ‘Til my heart’s deepest yearnings are the echo of Your own. (Live A Praying Life) “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10

22. Faith is not knowing how God will bring His will into being; faith is knowing that God will bring His will into being. God’s ways are not our ways, but you can be assured of this: He is faithful and trustworthy and your heart can safely rest in Him. (Live A Praying Life) “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful to those who keep the demands of his covenant.” Psalms 25:10

23. He does not have “one size fits all” answers. God’s agenda is always bigger than the immediate  circumstances. The immediate circumstances are going to merge with an eternal agenda. (Live A Praying Life) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your  thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

24. We seek God through the spiritual disciplines. By engaging in the spiritual disciplines, we keep our lives open to God so that He can do in us and through us what He desires. He can fulfill His purpose through us when we are accessible to Him. (Live A Praying Life) “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.” Psalms 57:2

By Jennifer Kennedy Dean
Used with permission.

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