2 Chronicles 7:14 (AMP)
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
We continue with Pray and specifically commence with the Lords’ prayer.
The Father’s Prayer – Mathew 6:9-13 (Amplified Bible). Below is an example of the order of prayer.
9 Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.
Praise and uplift the Lord. Ex. Oh! Gracious and Loving Father. We come before you to give you all the Glory. There is none like you. You are the Alpha and Omega; the marvelous precious God.
10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give thanks for what He’s done for you and others. From allowing you to breath without thinking about it, the protection He provides on a daily basis, to a miracle that He may have done in you or someone else’s life.
Pray for your family, friends, foes, acquaintances, those in authority (Country, State, City, etc). Pray and intercede for their specific needs.
Pray for God’s Will to be activated in every situation.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Pray for your finances, prosperity, your own personal needs.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors
Ask the Lord to forgive you for any sins you have committed; distractions, bad influences, habits, etc. Now, remember that the Lord will forgive you of anything and everything. There is NOTHING too BIG for God. He knows it all, has seen it all. He’s the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
There is one condition! You have to forgive those who have wronged you in any way, shape, or form. You cannot expect the Lord to forgive you when you have an unforgiving heart towards other people or even towards yourself.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Ask the Lord for protection in all areas of your life (include those who you
were praying for). Ask for His strength in dealing with any issues you
are encountering. Ask for an opportunity to escape from the enemy when
you’re being attacked. Close with acknowledging who God is, and His
mighty power to move in his Will.
Seek Him first – As we humble ourselves and pray, we begin to take the attention off of ourselves and into the Lord. Seek Him knowing that He is right beside you listening. We may not feel Him at the moment, but know that He is there. Seeking the Lord allows us to be more like Him. You’ll learn to forgive easier, not judge, or gossip about others, and have compassion for people. The more we seek Him, the more in love we’ll be with Him. This will eventually transform to loving others unconditionally.
Many of us get confused about loving and forgiving vs. staying in a harmful relationship. These are two different things. We can love and forgive but do we go back to that abusive relationship? No, The Lord wants us healthy spiritually, emotionally, and physically. We can remove or pull away from relationships and still love and forgive them; God will honor that.
How many of us need to forgive ourselves? When the Lord says we need to forgive others before He forgives us; that means forgiving ourselves as well. We can’t remove or pull away from ourselves. We have no choice in dealing with our own idiosyncrasies. But we can go to the Cross and lay down all our burdens and forgive ourselves for any wrongdoing. We are our worst enemies and are hardest on ourselves. As we’re seeking Him first, we need to ask the Lord to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God is a merciful God and He will work through our own situations, put us to work and serve at the same time. When we acknowledge what we’re struggling with, He begins to work with us and heals us from the sin.
Ask the Lord to uncover any unknown sin. These are the ones that we have buried for so many years, that we have forgotten about them. Or maybe we felt justified in doing the act, hence not admitting it’s a sin. You will be surprised what we have suppressed have actually stopped us from growing. You may ask, “What is the purpose for this exercise? If I don’t remember, then how is it affecting me?”
We are humans with an imperfect sinful nature. We have habits that we’ve probably carried since childhood. Does it make it right or wrong? Ask the Lord to reveal and he’ll open up your heart and eyes to new depths of deliverance and to new levels of your walk with Him.
Seek Him as your first love and I guarantee you’ll never look back again.
To be continued… Next week we’ll continue with Crave.