I love the writings of Oswald Chambers. The Lord has used his words to refine many things in me including how I pray. The following is one example:
“We generally look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves, whereas the Bible idea of prayer is that God’s holiness and God’s purpose and God’s wise order may be brought about, irrespective of who comes or who goes.” – Taken from a message given at a YMCA Camp, Zeitoun, Egypt [November 4, 1915]
Praying that God’s holiness, purpose and wise order be brought about is a powerful thing. Yet, not as common as it should be in our prayer lives because our prayers are often so cluttered with requests for ourselves.
So, as we approach the remembrance of our Lord’s death and the celebration of His resurrection, I want to invite you to pray with an insatiable desire and passion to see His holiness, purpose and wise order be brought about…to see His Spirit fall upon His people…to see Jesus draw many to Himself.
As we kneel before the Throne this week, let’s be a people who pray truly seeking the increase of God’s holiness, purpose and order. Pray like Elijah who said:
“Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” – 1 Kings 18:36-37
And take a moment to consider…Who will meet Jesus this Easter season because you interceded for them, invested in them and invited them?
Keep pressing on.
Heavenly Father – We ask that you pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us as we gather as Your people. We pray that You will be glorified and praised as we lift high the resurrected Christ. We want to see Your holiness, purpose and wise order brought about. We implore You to use this weekend to draw hundreds of people to Yourself. We pray that our worship & praise will bring glory and honor to Your name as we all acknowledge that You alone are God. Amen.