Same sex marriages, skyrocketing divorce rates, burning churches to the ground, school shootings, church shootings; for followers of Jesus Christ, our country seems to be in a state of chaos and turmoil. Knowing what to pray for and how to pray can be challenging at best.
Here are 3 key words to help you get started with powerful prayer!
Before I get into the 3 key words, have you ever noticed words that have to do with action and power begin with the letter “P”? Think about it. Even the word “power” begins with a P! (pun intended) See? I did it again. 🙂 You can’t get away from the letter P!!
Here we go:
There was a time in my life when Shaundra and I were on the brink of divorce. Alcohol addiction, marriage separation, not being grounded in truth, were all factors in me not knowing where to begin with a prayer! I knew staying married was God’s desire and staying married would be better in the long run, but without a desire to stay married how could Shaundra and I make it work?
One night as I sat and wondered where to start with a prayer, it occurred to me (later I would find out God’s quite gentle voice was what occurred to me) to pray for passion. That’s it! Passion!
So I prayed for a passion for Christ and a passion for my wife. To this day, I still pray for a passion for Christ and a passion for my wife. I can’t tell you how powerful and effective this prayer is! When we ask God to give us passion for Him, He will give you passion for Him!
3 changes will occur when you pray for passion:
1) You will begin to think of Christ more often. He will be on your mind more often as your passion grows for Him. Pretty soon other parts of your life will start falling into place and your priorities will get in line. Why? Because you will find yourself seeking Him first as your passion for Him grows! This is right in line with scripture; “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV
2) You will find yourself walking in His will more often than yours. Everyone of us have a self-centered pride problem. As our passion grows for Christ, our pride and self-centeredness seem to diminish and we start thinking of others before ourselves.
3) You will start thinking of your spouse’s needs before your own. As your passion grows for your spouse, you will WANT to please them at your expense. You will become a servant. Not married? This works for family members and friendships as well!
I’m talking about peace of mind. The english word “peace” came into being as a translation of the Hebrew word “shalom.” Shalom has many meanings: good health, safety, well-being, prosperity, security, good fortune, friendliness and contentment. When we are content, we are at peace! There is a reason one of the titles Jesus is called by is “Prince of Peace.” Jesus is the ONLY way to true contentment. There is no other peace like the peace found in Jesus Christ. His peace is a supernatural peace! “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 NIV
Given a choice, would you choose a natural peace or a supernatural peace that can only be found in Christ?
I don’t have to tell you we will have trouble and turmoil in this world. I believe it is evident! Jesus told us we would have trouble in this world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
Seems as though Jesus is telling us to have peace, to not worry and that we are free to keep “keepin’ on!” In other words persevere! Scripture reiterates this in Hebrews: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV Oh how I need perseverance! We need to remember God is in control. We will not always understand His ways but believe me, we WANT HIS ways and not ours.
Lord today I pray for a passion for you and my wife and family and friends.
Lord, today I pray for your peace that surpasses all understanding.
Lord, today I pray for perseverance when my life gets hard!