Intercessory Prayer ~ My Utmost for His Highest
Dec13. . . men always ought to pray and not lose heart —Luke 18:1
You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God. True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. Intercession means to “fill up . . . [with] what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ” (Colossians 1:24), and this is precisely why there are so few intercessors. People describe intercession by saying, “It is putting yourself in someone else’s place.” That is not true! Intercession is putting yourself in God’s place; it is having His mind and His perspective.
As an intercessor, be careful not to seek too much information from God regarding the situation you are praying about, because you may be overwhelmed. If you know too much, more than God has ordained for you to know, you can’t pray; the circumstances of the people become so overpowering that you are no longer able to get to the underlying truth.
Our work is to be in such close contact with God that we may have His mind about everything, but we shirk that responsibility by substituting doing for interceding. And yet intercession is the only thing that has no drawbacks, because it keeps our relationship completely open with God.
What we must avoid in intercession is praying for someone to be simply “patched up.” We must pray that person completely through into contact with the very life of God. Think of the number of people God has brought across our path, only to see us drop them! When we pray on the basis of redemption, God creates something He can create in no other way than through intercessory prayer.
help me to pray on the grounds of Redemption
and not just from sympathy
for i trust, my Father that You are still working
and want me upon my knees
long years of suffering tempt me to falter
God, why must this still go on?!
please help me remember You always are working
that suffering isn't too long
for You have a plan ~ and it's in Your timing
that answers to prayers we will see
give me the hope, and the faith, and the focus
for loved ones i must intercede!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Repentance ~ December 7 ~ My Utmost For His Highest
Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Conviction of sin is best described in the words:
My sins, my sins, my Savior,
How sad on Thee they fall.
Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship with others that bothers him but his relationship with God—
“Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight . . .” (Psalm 51:4). The wonders of conviction of sin, forgiveness, and holiness are so interwoven that it is only the forgiven person who is truly holy. He proves he is forgiven by being the opposite of what he was previously, by the grace of God. Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying, “I have sinned.” The surest sign that God is at work in his life is when he says that and means it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes— a reflex action caused by self-disgust.
The entrance into the kingdom of God is through the sharp, sudden pains of repentance colliding with man’s respectable “goodness.” Then the Holy Spirit, who produces these struggles, begins the formation of the Son of God in the person’s life (see Galatians 4:19). This new life will reveal itself in conscious repentance followed by unconscious holiness, never the other way around. The foundation of Christianity is repentance. Strictly speaking, a person cannot repent when he chooses— repentance is a gift of God. The old Puritans used to pray for “the gift of tears.” If you ever cease to understand the value of repentance, you allow yourself to remain in sin. Examine yourself to see if you have forgotten how to be truly repentant.
the old puritans used to pray
for "the gift of tears"
oh, that You would break my heart
and make it ever clear
where i need repentance, Lord
where i have been wrong
show me, Lord, truth of my sin
break the chains so strong
sin i can't seem to escape
sin that weighs me down
only You can break the bonds
and turn my heart around
may my true perspective be
~against YOU, Lord, i sin
then please give me hope and grace
to humbly make amends
excuses want to trickle in
to ease my bitter heart
but this is not the truth, i know
when with You, Lord, i start
it does not matter others've done
it's in my heart You speak
conviction from Your Spirit, Lord
brings me to my knees
grant me, Lord, "the gift of tears"
for long my eyes've been dry
but reminded my sin's against You, Lord
surely i must cry!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Lord, make my heart ever tender
always willing to hear
where my life surely needs changing
please make it perfectly clear!
sometimes i sit and i wonder
"what's the problem with everyone else?!"
and then the reality hits me
'tis i that am really a mess!
show me the truths of my actions!
let me, Lord, hear my own words!
as i interact with my loved ones
teach me where work's to be done!
it's easy to look out at others
to think "can't they see things my way?!"
so, God, please change my perspective
and make me more willing to say
"i am no better than others.
in fact, i can often be wrong!"
help me to choose to be quiet!
to listen to You all the day long!
for i am no martyr of suffering!
in my life, blessings abound ~
let those, Lord, be more my focus
than losing by standing my ground!
oh, make my heart ever tender!
oh, make me, Lord, willing to hear
where i am the one who needs changing
to better love those i hold dear!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
i look at these Christmas pictures
from years now so long gone by
my heart almost aches with the memories
tears tempt the edge of my eyes
i knew they were not mine forever
that one day they'd make their own way
and that is for what we're preparing
yet coming too fast seems the day
oh help me to slow down and cherish
oh help me to take time to spend
more moments to add to the memories
with children who're becoming my friends
i LOVE my Sam and Elle! ~ i pray i will "let go" well and, Father, that You will be pleased and glorified.