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Praying in Faith: Repentance, Worship, and Asking with Anticipation

Posted by Emily Jones on

It’s amazing to be inhabited by God’s Spirit. Because of Jesus, we have direct access in one Spirit to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). 

Where to Begin

It’s hard to know where to start with the brokenness in our country right now. What do we pray for? How do we pray?

“And listen to the pleas of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. And listen from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.” 2 Chronicles 6:21, ESV 

A few days ago, I was reminded of the first time I read this verse and how I was not expecting the last word to be forgive.  My mind anticipated rescue, or heal, or redeem. But of course, repentance comes first. Naturally, the state of my heart will influence the way I feel and consequently, how I pray. When David felt God weighing on him after he sinned with Bathsheba his strength was drained. Rightly, David confessed his sin to the LORD, and God forgave him. Being forgiven moved David to say with confidence: “Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You immediately” (Psalm 32:6a, CSB).

 

Mindsets

Our family read Psalm 85 one recent morning and talked about the Sons of Korah’s purpose behind asking Yahweh to revive the people again — “that Your people may rejoice in You” (Psalm 85:6, ESV). They wanted God to restore them, show His steadfast love, and speak peace to the people, but not just for their own comfort. The Sons of Korah trusted God to give good things and show them the way to go. In that they would rejoice.

After our discussion my husband asked, “Does anyone have any questions about current world affairs?” To which our children responded:

  • Oldest: Plenty
  • Middle: Have you found unicorns yet?
  • Youngest: Is Yellowstone going to erupt?

I immediately started laughing at the varied responses! Their replies were small pictures of what influences their young hearts, ranging from very interested to seemingly unaffected.

Praying in Faith

What are some of the things motivating our prayers today? What are we asking and to what purpose? As we go before the Lord on our knees this week, let us pray in faith, in worship, and with expectation. Yahweh will give what is good. 

“Indeed, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its produce. Righteousness will go before Him and will make His footsteps into a way [in which to walk].” Psalm 85:12-13, AMP

How magnificent to be given breath for such a time as this.

(All photos by Aaron Burden on Unsplash)

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