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After working over 30 years in corporate America and rendering public service in a state government agency, I am finally where I belong—the Prayer Room. Although it is not a popular place, nor is it a public meeting place, it is the perfect place for me simply because by nature I am a private person. As an only child, I adjusted quickly to solitude and I learned to embrace silence.
The Prayer Room is the place designated to pray; the supernatural is welcomed to invade the natural, which results in spiritual transformation. Change is not always visible to the naked eye, yet there are moments when obvious change has taken place beyond our finite comprehension.
I am so thankful that purpose pursued me! I am at peace in this place of prayer, where God’s presence penetrates the core of my being, invades my heart and pure worship captivates my soul. I have been summoned to this place for purpose.
Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
My journey to this place was destined by God before the foundations of the world. It is being in this place that I am convinced of my call to prayer and intercession. More importantly, I am humbled to be entrusted with serving my King and partnering with Him in Kingdom assignment.
“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” Ephesians 2:10 AMP
The path that I traveled these 30 plus years has not been without challenges—detours, obstacles, curves, and cliffs (trials and tribulations). As I reflect on my journey, I am convinced that God Almighty had me on the path to promise even when I didn’t realize it. He has proven Himself faithful to keep His promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Now that I’m in this secret place, I know there is more for me to learn and do. As Apostle Paul said,”
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:12-14
Father, I come boldly to your throne of Grace, in Jesus’ Name on behalf of those who need employment.
I believe and confess your Word over them today knowing that you watch over your Word to perform it in our lives, and that it is your will that your Word is manifested in the earth realm. I pray that your Word prospers wherever it is sent! And I send it to those needing employment. Father, I acknowledge that You are the Source of all our needs; it is because of You that we have the resources needed in this life. You are the Source of every need, consolation, comfort and encouragement. I pray that believers who seek employment are courageous and grows in strength, not becoming discouraged and giving up in their search for gainful employment. You know every need and You are concerned about our well-being.
I pray that you will instruct them and guide their path as they acknowledge you. I pray that even their search for employment, they are drawn closer to You as they pray asking for Your help and committing their way to Yours.
Father, I thank you that you have already set before them an open door, which no one is able to shut. Lead them to that open door that they may enter in. Father I pray that your favor surrounds them like a shield. Help them to have perfect peace and confidence in your faithfulness to provide and protect. I pray that they be of good cheer because Jesus has overcome the world, and deprived it of its power to harm them. I pray that those seeking employment will not fret or have anxiety about their situation, for your peace, Lord, mounts guard over their heart and mind. I pray that they realize that even in this situation they are self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Your grace is sufficient. Let them speak your word over their situation in faith. Father, again I ask that you direct, make straight and plain their path. I pray this prayer on their behalf and in agreement with Your will, personal plan and purpose for their life. Thank you, Father, that You hear us and answer. Amen!
At my local church’s noon day bible study, we are watching the “Easter Experience.” Episode 3 reminded of just how much Jesus endured—the beating, mocking and humiliation—that qualifies Him to know the depth of my pain. He knows about…
- Emotional pain. He experienced grief, anger and agony. He knows how it hurts to be mocked, ridiculed, falsely accused.
- Relational pain. He experienced rejection and betrayal. Those he had walked with for three or more years deserted Him in the hour they should have stood in support of Him. After all, they were eye-witnesses to His compassion and care for them and the multitudes He ministered to. Yet, they denied their relationship to Him and ran away leaving Him alone.
- Physical pain. He experienced physical pain. Can you imagine being beaten as if tenderizing meat before cooking it? Or the blood that streamed and splattered after each pulverizing blow? Can you image the severe pain when a crown of thorns was placed on His head?
It was a flinching reaction for me just watching the Roman soldiers, who were experts at beating a man. But this was not just any man; this Man was innocent! He had committed no sin or did no wrong. This was Jesus, the Beloved Son of God, being beaten. His body was being crushed so that we can be healed and whole! His blood was shed so that we could be forgiven and cleansed from sin. It was an emotional moment as I watched the blood splatter and the soldiers gasping for breath because they were exhausted from beating this innocent Man unmercifully.
Then, my perspective changed when I remembered Isaiah 53:
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
Then my perspective changed when realized it should have been me. This realization birthed in me eternal gratitude, which will always be expressed in my prayer: “Thank You, Lord for suffering in my place!” I am so grateful that we don’t have a High Priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So in prayer I will always walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
In the book, Prayer Principles for Beginners, the author made what some might consider a controversial statement. She said,
“The truth is no one can actually teach another person exactly how to pray because it is personal dialog with God.”
Knowing that it may be controversial, she explained by giving Jesus’ example. She wrote:
We can only give a pattern to follow, principles and guidelines from God’s Word to prepare and equip you for a life of prayer. In Luke 11:1, the disciples asked Jesus, ‘Lord, teach us to pray…’ Jesus gave them a model or pattern to follow. He established principles and guidelines to help them gain a new perspective on the Kingdom of Heaven and their approach to a relational God who desires to have a parent-child relationship with those who belong to Christ. These same principles are applicable for us today. It is about relationship.
If the concept of prayer is based on parent-child relationship to the Father, learning to pray should be different because the process of personal growth and development changes. In essence, we have the principles and patterns of prayer, but how we learn to pray is synonymous with our spiritual growth and relationship to God. For example, our parents taught us a prayer that we learned and recited as a child before going to bed every night. It became a nightly routine sometimes with a parent kneeling with us or leading us until we memorized it:
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. May God guard me through the night And wake me with the morning light. Amen.
Hopefully, no adult that has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is still praying the above prayer. The idea is as we grow in age and spirituality, being in relationship with Christ, our prayers change as our level of understanding increases. Basically, as we become spiritually mature Christians, our conversation with the Father (prayer) should reflect our maturity as well as our level of commitment to Christ. Moreover, when our personal faith in God increases, and we grow in the knowledge of God through experiences, we learn how to pray through the power of the Holy Spirit–the Spirit of Truth. Yet, we must follow the pattern, apply the principles and become habitual in the practice of prayer in order to be consistent in our learning experience.
Sure, no one can actually teach another person exactly how to pray because it is personal dialog with God. However, we learn to pray as we grow in our relationship to the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ through the practice of prayer.
It is easy to be identified as having a longing soul especially during times of grief, the holiday season and other events that can cause frustration and unfulfilled needs. This can become an entrapment that makes life seem unbearable. Usually the longing soul focuses on self-gratifying things, things of a temporal nature, compatible companionship and camaraderie, which cannot bring long-lasting satisfaction to a longing soul. Signs of a “longing” soul are running about, rushing and running to and fro, eager or greedy, thirsty, and yearning for more. The search for fulfillment is usually in temporal things that depreciate in value, or running to that individual you hope will satisfy the need you have to feel loved and secure. Unfortunately, none of these will satisfy the longing soul. The depth of the longing soul is beyond our comprehension and certainly greater than what we perceive as our greatest need. God never meant for another human being to take His place; to satisfy that part of us designed for Him.
The longing soul can only be satisfied by the One who created it, breathed life into it–the Giver and Sustainer of life. Truth is we can experience temporary and short-term satisfaction, but only God can give complete, long lasting, eternal satisfaction.
Sometimes we think we know what we are longing for, but more than likely, we really do not know. All we know is that something is missing–there is a deep void within, an emptiness that screams to be filled like a hungry infant at feeding time. Let me assure you that God knows what you’re longing for even if you do not. After all, He created you and He knows all things about you. He wants to fill your soul with Himself through the “life-giving” Spirit. Let us pray!
Prayer for the Longing Soul:
Father, You are Creator of the Universe, which is beyond our comprehension; yet You are so concerned about all mankind that you have a plan to implant Yourself in us that we can live eternally. This too is beyond our comprehension; so it is by faith that we accept Your plan. Father, I pray for those who are searching, running to and fro, thirsty for fulfillment that only comes from You. Your word in Psalm 107:9 declares that You satisfies the longing soul. Father, I pray for those who are unfulfilled, looking to people and temporal things to satisfy and meet a need that You want to meet. I pray for those who are desperate for companionship, and overwhelmed by life’s challenges. Lord, I pray that they invite you into their heart so that You can satisfy their thirsty soul. Only through an intimate relationship with You can we enjoy the abundant life that comes through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Father, our faith is in You; You are faithful to keep Your Word. Thank You, Father, for satisfying the longing (thirsty); in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Adoration is an element of prayer that should always be included in our conversation with God. It involves praise and worship. We should always acknowledge God’s “worthship” or worthiness to be adored. Adoration is always appropriate whether our specific prayer requests have been answered or not. God deserves our adoration because He is God!
Prayers of adoration simply means we exalt, esteem, bless and honor the Lord. We reflect upon His character—holiness, goodness, love, mercy, power, grace and dominion.
Revelation 4:11, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” In essence, we are to adore the Lord because He is worthy…He created all things, and brought everything into being because that is what He wanted to do.
When you draw closer to God through prayer, most of your prayer time should be devoted to adoring Him. I have learned that prayers of adoration opens the window of blessings and brings you into the very Presence of God Almighty. Often times the more you adore Him the need to make requests isn’t necessary. Since He knows what we need before we ask, He will grant our unspoken requests and give us the desires of our heart that are aligned with His will and plan for our life. How awesome is that?
Let’s adore Him now:
You are holy and righteous and just, deserving of praise, honor and glory! Your name is great and greatly to be praised. Before the earth was formed, You are! You are from everlasting to everlasting. We honor You and give You the praise you deserve. You are good and your mercy endures forever from generation to generation. Oh! how we adore you, and magnify Your name. You are the only true God above all gods. There is none like You. We worship You in spirit and in truth. Oh! Lord, faithful and true, how excellent is Your name in all the earth. We bow down to You and worship You in the beauty of holiness. Let all the people praise You! How majestic is Your name! The heavens declare your glory and from our lips we offer you the fruit of praise, and bless Your Holy Name, our Lord and our God, forever and ever. Amen!