Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Delightful Promise!

God LOVES when His people participate in His Kingdom work. Yes, He can do it all by Himself, but He earnestly desires for YOU to take part. BECAUSE He loves us so much, He won't do what we are fully capabale of doing ourselves (with His Holy Spirit dwelling inside us, of course!) He knows this is not so comfortable at first. But He also knows what is best for us (better than we do!) And a perfectly loving Father always does what is best for His children. So I say that we believe that Truth and accept His invitation to WHOLEHEARTEDLY take part in His Kingdom work.

HOME is a place to take part in the Kingdom work of interceding prayer. Do you fully believe the Truth that YOUR specific prayers are important and necessary?? That they ARE heard and they DELIGHT God's heart? Praying is not just something we should do because the Bible says so. We pray because it delights God's heart!

Think about this way--if a wife talks to her husband only because she needs something from him or because it's what a good wife does, she will talk to him for a while, but eventually may very well lose heart. If she talks to him because she knows how much he delights in hearing her voice and talking with her, she will continue to talk to him day in and day out. Even in times of trial or when she doesn't feel his delight, she can persevere through by remembering that Truth. Sometimes she might talk to him only because she needs something or because she feels like she should, but eventually the Truth that he delights in her will come through again. Do you believe this is true that your Bridegroom delights in YOU as well? Ask God to reveal more of this truth to you. He'd LOVE to help you understand.

So you want to intercede, but maybe aren't sure what to pray? An excellent way you can intercede is by praying into the promises that God gives us throughout the Bible. The Old Testament prophets list promise after promise of what is on its way for God's people. (Check out Isaiah & Joel & Hosea & Micah...you name it!) And don't stop there--it's all over the New Testament, too. Throughout His Word, God is telling us what to pray for His people so we can pray it back to Him. This isn't taking the easy way out by not coming up with your own prayers or something. God made it easy for us in order to shame the wordly "wise." Check out 1 Cor. 1:18-31. Isn't that kind of Him?? :) Just believe the Truths that the Bridegroom desires for His Bride and tell Him that you want those promises to come!!.
      For example...Isaiah 62. This is a prayer for all God's people everywhere. This is a prayer for you individually, for your family, for Sioux Center, for Iowa, for the USA, and for the world! Tell God that you want to believe His promises in Isaiah 62 more. That you want ALL His people to understand His promises more. Remind yourself again and again that "the Lord delights in you and will claim you as His Bride!" (vs. 4-5) Repeat it in your mind until it sinks deep into your heart. Until you KNOW & understand it rather than just know about it.
       Notice what follows in vs. 6&7? YOU are part of the watchmen that pray to the Lord! "Give the Lord no rest until He complete His work!" AKA--Don't stop praying back these promises until they come true. And you won't stop (vs. 7) when you understand that the Lord delights in you (vs. 4) It goes in that order for a reason. :)

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