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Help! Prayers

While most of the time my prayers center around praise and gratefulness to God, the last couple of months it seemed, HELP! was more on my lips.  It wasn’t so much about circumstances, but a deep sense of my need for God.

At first, since it was so different from what naturally came as prayer, I wondered if somehow I’d “missed it” and should press into adoration prayers (see blog).  However, I came to realize it was a good thing to recognize my deep need for more of God and that it really flowed from a hunger for more of Him.

God is moving on my heart more and more the truth of John 15:5 – “…for without Me, you can do nothing.”  While its true I can do a lot of things in the natural and can excel at them, I am realizing Read more »

T-R-U-S-T Prayer

A friend and I were discussing the Holy Spirit the other day.  In the conversation, we reflected how it is easy to pray to Jesus or the Father, but we often have a harder time praying to Holy Spirit.  Not that we don’t want to, but the typical images of a dove or some force or power source somehow don’t seem personal.

I love the words Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit – Helper and Comforter!   He is more than a “Spirit” or “Ghost” as the KJV puts it.  As one of the Trinity, He desires a close connection with you and I – to actually dwell within us!

How do you view Holy Spirit?  Is He Read more »

Corporate Repentance

While corporate repentance and identificational repentance may be very similar in the content of the prayers, corporate repentance is done by a group or a representation of the group.

Daniel prayed individually for his nation (Indentificational repentance), however, in one of the biggest examples of corporate repentance, the city of Nineveh all came together to repent.  It had dramatic results!  A city doomed for destruction was saved!  God heard the prayers of a pagan city and turned away the judgement He had declared through Jonah.  The king of Nineveh himself bowed low in sackcloth and ashes and required everyone to do the same. He decreed: “But let man and beast be covered with sackcloths and cry mightily to God; yes let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?”Jonah 3:8-9

in 1977 South Africa experienced a severe drought.  The president of the country called for a national day of repentance.  Masses of people left Read more »

Identificational Repentance

It takes a great love to identify with someone else, to be in touch with who they are and how they feel.  But even greater is the one who identifies with the sins and weakness of someone and is willing to cry out to God on their behalf.

Jesus is the ultimate example of this as He became one with us, identifying with us in our weakness and even taking on our sin so that He could redeem us.  While we don’t take on the sin of others (only Jesus could), He does call us at times to express His love by identifying with them and repenting corporately.  Two Biblical examples of this are Nehemiah and Daniel.

The first chapter of Nehemiah records Nehemiah’s response when he hears that Jerusalem is in ruins and the survivors are distressed.  Nehemiah wept many days and fasted and prayed.  In his prayer, he cries out to God to hear him and confesses: “…we have sinned against You.  Both my father’s house and I have sinned.  We have acted very corruptly against You….”  (Neh 1:6,7).  To the best of our knowledge, Read more »

Personal Repentance Prayers

We typically think of repentance in association with a “come to Jesus” meeting where people give their hearts to the Lord.  However, repentance simply means changing our mind about something and is really about agreeing with God about issues in our life, instead of our own ways.  Because our ways are not His ways and our thoughts are different from His thoughts (Isa 55:8), repentance should be a regular part of our lives as we come into greater agreement with how He thinks!

Repentance isn’t about feeling guilty or condemned (lies of the enemy) and while tears or emotion may be a part of it, they aren’t necessary.  In repentance, we see the truth of God’s love and holiness and allow Him to reveal the areas in our lives that are not pleasing to Him.   We then “change our mind” and choose to agree with Him, to receive His forgiveness, cleansing, and restoration as we draw closer to Him.  It is part of Read more »

Feb 11, 2013 - 1-50, Corporate Prayer    No Comments

Group Lectio Divina

While meditation is typically an individual discipline, it can be done in a group, building community and a shared experiencing of the Word of God together.  There can be different ways to do it, but here is an outline adapted from an article by Luke Dysinger (www.http://www.valyermo.com/ld-art.html).

Lectio Divina can best be done with 4-8 people in a group.  Provide each participant with a written copy of the Scripture to be shared and the basic outline so they can follow along.  There are three parts to Group Lectio Divina, each beginning with a reading of the Scripture.  

Listening for the Gentle Touch of Christ through the Word

1.  One person reads aloud the passage twice, as the rest listen attentively for what phrase or word especially touches them.

2.  Silence for 1-2 minutes as each participant ponders the word they received.

3.  Each person briefly shares (one or two sentences) the word or phrase that touched them.

How Christ Speaks to Me through the Word

1.  A different Read more »

Meditation, Part Three, Lectio Divinia

In the active pace of our lives, we seldom take the time to contemplate or meditate on Scripture to hear God’s whispers.  It takes effort to set aside time to be still and listen.  Much of our Christian life is often focused on what we do, yet God intends for us to experience the rhythm of who He is in both stillness and activity.

Lectio Divinia is an ancient practice of contemplation and meditation, of opening up the eyes of our heart to really hear God’s Word to us through the Scriptures.

To begin, get in a comfortable position and spend a few minutes Read more »

Meditation, Part Two

Wondering where to start in going deeper in Biblical meditation?  Try these suggestions from Kirk Bennett (www.7thunders.org).

  • Find a quiet place with space enough to walk, pace or even dance!
  • Play anointed music the helps you focus on Jesus
  • Get in a position that helps you stay alert and not fall asleep
  • Have your Bible, pen, paper and water available.
  • On your paper, section off one side to write tasks that will “pop in” as you try to meditate.  Then you can put it out of your mind and focus back on Jesus.

Then pick a verse from Scripture that you would like to gain greater understanding in.  Then as you begin, try this method of meditation (R-W-S-S-P) Read more »

Meditation

Interested in a Biblical key to prosperity?  Want success in all you do?  Consider these verses:

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,  that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.”  Psalm 1:2, 3

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night…for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”  Joshua 1:8

Think it is just an “old testament” thing?  Consider 1 Timothy 4:15

Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”

We’ve lost the inheritance from our Jewish roots of the benefits of meditating, maybe scared off by new age ideas or simply unaware of God’s plan of blessing through pondering His word day and night.

There are interesting statistics that although Jews make up only 2% of the American population: Read more »

Jan 7, 2013 - 1-50, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

Soaking Prayer

Worn out?  Weary?  Need inspiration in your prayer life?  Try soaking prayer.  It’s not about asking for something or even declaring something.  It is a restful place to encounter God.  Find some quiet worship music.  Get comfortable – lie down, recline – whatever is relaxing for you.  Shut off your phone and computer.  Simply invite the Lord to encounter you as you rest in His presence.

It’s not uncommon for distracting thoughts to arise.  If you have a pad of paper and pen handy next to you, write down any tasks that come to mind.  This helps you put it out of your mind so you don’t worry about remembering.  Continue to focus on the presence of the Lord and enjoying Him.  If it helps you relax and focus on Him, try some simple breath prayers such as “I surrender.  Jesus, come fill me.”

Don’t worry if Read more »

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