PRAY: Fill me, Lord, with confidence that you will make a difference, both in my life and my three people’s lives. Let me pray out of that expectation.
Praying expectantly for the journey – Day 2
Continue to ask God to show you the people for whom you should pray.
Approaching God – No matter how much we try, we will never be able to fully comprehend the scope of God’s love for us. Allow yourself to be a little child again and run into your Abba’s arms and bask in the glory of his love as you listen to these words.
“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)
Listening to God – This God who loves you so much longs to lavish his grace and good gifts upon you and upon those for whom you are praying. He does require effort on your part, however. Listen to and meditate on the verses below as you think about what God wants from you.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind…. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:6,17)
Talking to God – After you are done listening, pray what you heard God say to you back to him. Is there a reason for praise and thanksgiving? Do you need to confess anything? What do you need from God? What do you need to surrender to him? Pray what you heard over your three people.
Ministering in God’s Name – Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any doubts or disbelief you may have that could hinder your prayers for these people. God has given us a powerful weapon to fight doubt and disbelief – his living word, the Bible. Use your Bible concordance to look up verses about faith, trust, hope, etc., and claim these promises during this month to fight in the spiritual realm against anything that would hinder you. Perhaps you need to pray, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24b)
Surrendering to God – Commit to following the example of Abraham who, “did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:20-21)
By Jolene DeHeer
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