The Three Life-long Stages of Spiritual Development

Reflections on Psalm 100

This evening as I was reflecting on Psalm 100, particularly verses 4 and 5, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations”  it began to occur to me that this is more than just a progression of worship.  This also maps out our lifelong relational development with the Father over the stages of our life.

These verses outline the attitude of the Jewish worshipper on pilgrimage to the temple. As the spiritual sojourners approached their destination they were to proceed with an attitude of joyful adoration, but as they actually entered through the southern, northern or eastern gate, they were to enter with words of thanksgiving.  Bringing their sacrifice with them, they were to enter the outer and inner courts declaring his praise. No commoner could enter the sanctuary or the Holy of Holies. Let’s imagine this pilgrimage was for the day of atonement. These worshippers were coming to sacrifice and gather for the sacred assembly at the temple, and the high priest would proceed through the sanctuary and into the Holy of Holies (Leviticus 23:27, Numbers 29:7). That day the high priest would complete the logical progression all the way into the secret place. They would come into the presence of God.

Now because of Jesus we know we can now enter into the Holy of Holies.  The veil has been torn.  We have access to God. Because of the work of Jesus we can complete the logical progression of Psalm 100. When we complete this progression it is not just lived out in our private seeking or in our corporate worship, but in the stages of our life.

Stage # 1:  The Thanksgiving Stage

The first stage of development in our connection with the Father is marked by the Thanksgiving. This is the phase of receiving of the goodness of God. In this time we receive salvation, forgiveness, justification, and propitiation. In addition to this, hopefully we receive discipleship from the church or from other brothers and sisters in Christ.  As our repentance begins to bear fruit we find coming into his presence easy. Just the mention of Jesus and we have goose bumps up our arms. We’re not jaded by issues in the church or other conflicts. We are receiving of the Holy Spirit, and we were not really investing anything, and what we do invest feels like a joy. In this first stage the Holy Spirit is doing everything and we’re doing nothing and the only logical response is saying, “thank you.” In this first stage we live in thankfulness.  We are entering into the gates of the kingdom with Thanksgiving.  The Holy Spirit seeks to develop our faith, teach us to govern and to have ownership in the kingdom, thus when he feels that we are ready he moves us on the next phase.

Stage # 2: The Praise Phase

The next phase is marked by praise.  In this phase of development the Holy Spirit is teaching us to co-labor with him.  We’re no longer being led by goose bumps, but we’re acting in faith. We’re investing in his kingdom and bearing fruit. Many times because he’s teaching us to rule and govern in his kingdom we will have to work through relational conflict, messy situations in the church, difficulty and disappointment.  Our ideals fade away and there’s a realty check of what is; ironically, at the same time vision is filling our mind and our gifting is beginning to emerge and to be refined.

It’s at this stage many people will begin to drop their relationship with God. Many are discouraged by difficulty, church issues and unfulfilled visions. Even if they don’t give up on God, they give up on the church. They hop on the conference circuit and keep church issues at arms length. Others hit cruise control, stay with it, but become negative and toxic. Others find themselves as pastors and leaders and feel called to sell insurance. Yet there’s a small majority of people who, through submission to the word of God and the Holy Spirit, learn how to co-labor with Jesus. They take ownership of problems within the church, they learn to navigate conflict, endure disappointment, submit when they don’t agree.  Through the school of Christ they learn to be happy warriors through the good, the bad and the ugly. They understand this is the price of co-laboring and being a co-heir. They understand they’re governors in the kingdom, and governors don’t run from problems, they fix them.  They’re not shocked at difficulty, they understand they’re called to solve problems, and without problems they can’t fulfill their calling. As they endure through this phase of spiritual development and training, they’ll see vision refinement and fulfillment, but more importantly they’ll see their faith come to full harvest.

So why is this stage marked by praise?  First, you’ll learn the sacrifice of praise.  When you’re working on staff and the pastor says, “I appreciate your idea, but we’re doing it this way.”  Are you going to praise him?  When you don’t feel anything at church, are you going to praise him?  When your prayers are unanswered, are you going to praise him?  When your vision dies, are you going to praise him?  When Christians don’t act like Christians, are you going to praise him?  When pastors don’t act like Christians, are you going to praise him? When you’re hit with one problem after another, are you going to praise him? When your calling feels like labor, are you going to praise him?  When you’re hit by unexpected loss are you going to praise him?  When half the church walks out, are you going to praise him? The only way you’re going to make it through this stage without becoming critical, negative, wounded, bitter and toxic is to praise him through every situation.  In phase two we also learn the sacrifice of praise in an experiential way.

The second reason this season is marked by praise is vision fulfillment. This is usually on the back end of the phase, but God in His graciousness sprinkles victories all through it. Once you have maintained your attitude and developed a more well rounded Christ-likeness, you’re primed for vision fulfillment. Your faith has endured the test and your investment is beginning to pay off.  Now, equipped with a mature faith coupled with refined skills in co-laboring, the fruit of your vision is beginning to come forward.  Your acts of faith are powerful and effective. You’ve been trained by the desert.

At this point, every hard fought miracle is especially joyful and completely praise-filled. Victories roll in and praise explodes.   Where pride would have taken root in your heart with such consistent victories, you now easily give God glory. God’s formation of your inner man is solid. You are now a co-laboring governor in the kingdom that has a developed faith in his power and a heart set on his goodness and none of these rise or fall in correlation to your circumstances. You’re ready to reap your harvest, and you’re singing his praise whiles you’re swinging your sickle. Your singing, “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever.”

Stage # 3 -The Friendship with God Phase

Vision fulfillment is sweet, but the joys of success doesn’t last long.  You combine with the reality you don’t have the energy you once had.  You can’t work like you used to.  You’re no longer have anything to prove, and success doesn’t just satisfy. At this point some people find a new mountain, but a few others find the God of the mountains.  At this point ambition shifts from vision, fruit and success to coming into the Holy of Holies.  They understand their only satisfaction comes from sitting at his feet.

Our goal is to rest at his feet.  Our efforts have killed Martha, now we’re ready to be Mary. Our inner striving is over.  We’re resting in his grace, but also from our labor.  Now we’re just sitting at his feet.

At this place in our journey our moments of intimacy with the Holy Spirit and our diverse shared history with Father, Son and Holy Spirit converge into an intimate friendship with God.  We may have been intimate with God over our entire spiritual life, but there is now a prominent place for this intimacy that is free from ambition. When this is paired with a life long shared history with God then true relational friendship is birthed.  It’s at this point we become friends with God like Abraham was. In the previous stage we have too much energy, zeal and God-given ambition but in this stage those seeds have play out.  The harvest has come.  It has been reaped, harvested and stored. What we’re left with is what’s truly valuable. At this point we have decades of shared history with God.  “Lord, do you remember when we were facing this?” Friendship, intimacy, sitting at his feet, entering the Holy of Holies becomes the place of prominence in our life.  This is the goal.  We enter his courts so we can end up in his presence.

If we stay the course we will sing, his faithfulness continues through all generations.  Friendship with God ensures our legacy.  At the end of the second phase and at the beginning of the third phase we become more concerned about the generations.  You want to leave a legacy that lasts.  The problem is everything we’ve built in the second phase is not secure, but it begins to solidify as we spend time in his presence. Legacy is supernaturally sustained.  Look at Abraham!  Outside his relationship with God his only accomplishments in life involve moving, having a son and running a good herdsman business, and he couldn’t even have a son without God.  Yet his legacy is profound. Almost everyone in the world knows who Abraham is.  Why? Because Abraham was about friendship with God, and because of that friendship God supernaturally sustained his legacy. The reality is God valued their talks under the stars at night more than sacrificial labor and work done in his name.  So if you want a legacy, choose your secret place and develop a friendship with God.  Also keep in mind, Abraham developed this love for the secret place between the ages of 80 and 120, it was during his third phase of Life.  Abraham made the right choices in each stage of his life and secured a legacy for eternity.

So work your way through the temple in each stage of life and end up in the secret place.

In my next blog we will look at how we need to respond to what phase we are in.  So keep a lookout for that one.

A Prayer For Miracles

Habakkuk 3:1-2

Habakkuk has moved from discouragement to faith.  He has worked the process of bringing his complaints to God and allowing the Holy Spirit to filter his emotions from unbelief. He has left cynicism and returned to faith.  Many times we must make this same journey. The process starts with honesty with God, and this is where Habakkuk began. If you want to start the journey of praying through the book of Habakkuk from the beginning, then click here.  When we’re honest with God and we bring our concerns to him, then he is able to transform our critical soul into one which is ready to see miracles.  This is what God did for Habakkuk, and this is what God will do for you!  Come, let’s pray together.

Prayer

Father, I have heard of the miracles You have done in the Bible and in church history. Lord, do it again! You are the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). We want to see revival. We want to see Your activity in the land. Renew them in our day! We don’t want Your miracles to be history. Make us Your miraculous people. Lord, heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons through us now (Matthew 10:8). The world needs a supernatural church so move upon Your people, in Jesus name.

Habakkuk 3:1-2

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet.  Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

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A Prayer for the Spread of the Knowledge of the Glory of God

Habakkuk 2:5-20

 

 

Habakkuk has now expressed his complaints and his disappointments to God in prayer, then he positions his heart, mind and body to hear from God.  At this point faith is rising in his heart and a hope for the future is returning to his perspective. Now let’s pray through his hope for the glory of God.  To start at the beginning click here. To read the previous prayer, click here.

Prayer

Father, You reassure me that evil doers are not going to get away with their crimes of oppression, bloodshed, idolatry, drunkenness, theft and bullying. All their sin will be their undoing. Their false hopes will come crashing down on them. The life they trust in will fail them. They’ll implode within the vacuum of their heart, but in the midst of this confusion and oppression. In the midst of the season where the wicked is on top, Your righteous people will live by faith. We will trust in You no matter what is going on around us. When it looks like the whole universe points to the fact that You’re not good, then we will hold to the fact that You are good. This faith we’re living by will trust You in a glorious fashion. Because when the whole world is convinced that evil is going to rule the world, we will giddily believe that You’ll pour out Your Spirit in such a magnitude that the whole Earth will be filled with the knowledge of Your glory. So when their sin implosion takes place they’ll discover You in the midst of their failure. You are the God of quick turnarounds. You’re the God of revival! You’re the God of hopeless situations. So I confess right now my circumstances don’t determine my level of faith, but Your promise to reveal Your glory does! The knowledge of Your glory is starting with me and is spreading to the world right now in Jesus name, amen.

Habakkuk 2:5-20

“See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright—but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied,
he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples. “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying,“‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?’ Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey. Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. “Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain, setting his nest on high to escape the clutches of ruin! You have plotted the ruin of many peoples,  shaming your own house and forfeiting your life. The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it. “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice! Has not the Lord Almighty determined that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing? For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies! You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed! The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory. The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. “Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak. Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.” The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.

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A Prayer that Prepares Oneself to Hear God’s Voice

Habakkuk 2:1-3

In this journey of prayer through the Book of Habakkuk, Habakkuk has now stopped his first round of questions and complaints offered to God. He quiets himself to hear the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. Habakkuk now positions himself physically, mentally and spiritually to receive his answer. As we pray through this passage we will pray through the process of learning to hear the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. If you want to start at the beginning of the the book, then click here, or if you want to read the previous prayer, then click here.

Prayer

Father, thank You for Your teaching to Habakkuk. Your instruction to him has taught me how to hear the voice of Your Spirit. I long to be a person that hears Your voice. I want to be intimate with You. I want to be Your friend.  So help me to still myself.  Help me to quiet my mind, my hands, my emotions, and help me focus on what You may be saying to me. Lord, with pen in hand, fill my mind with thoughts with Your thoughts. I will write down what I believe what You’re saying to me. Let me see the vision. Give me a picture of the revelation.  Give me the next step so I may run with it. Lord, help me to stay in faith once You have spoken to my heart. I want to live a supernatural life in Jesus name.

Habakkuk 2:1-3

I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

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A Prayer to Pray When You don’t Feel Prayer Works Anymore

Habakkuk 1:5-17

 

 

We’ve started the process of praying through the book of Habakkuk. If you missed the previous prayer, then click Here.  I’ve received a wide range of feedback from the previous prayer. The feedback has ranged from “That’s a real downer.” to “Thank you, this is exactly how I feel.” What we must understand is Habakkuk is a book that embraces the human experience. He doesn’t hide his questions or complaints. He brings them to God in prayer, and that’s what we should do. Hope and faith emerge from different sections of the book and we will rejoice in those passages, but we will also embrace the difficult text and be true to them as they are written. There’s no hypocrisy in God’s word. It doesn’t cover over unhappy thoughts or hid the questions to our faith. It acknowledges them and embraces mystery. Scripture is the collision of faith and human experience and sometimes it’s messy. We will embrace it all because it’s only as we work through the whole messy process that we will discover and walk in ultimate victory. So let’s see what God has for us today!

Prayer

Father, thank You for warning us when trouble is coming, and letting us prepare for Your justice and discipline, I agree with Habakkuk You don’t make sense sometimes.  Why would You use the Babylonians to judge Israel? You are going to use the most wicked people in the world to discipline Your people.  That does not seem right! Here I am asking You about Your justice, and Your answer to my request seems more unjust than what I’m praying about!  How can You do this? This is not consistent with Your character. It doesn’t look like it’s in keeping with Your covenant. Yet, having said all of this, thank You this human honesty is in Your Word. You see it best to make me live in this situation. Thank You for reminding me that You are uncontrollable and You don’t have to do anything that I think is right. Ultimately, Your perspective is higher than mine, but be gracious with me because many times Your actions don’t seem to line up with what You have shown me about who You are. I trust You sovereign God, in Jesus name amen.

Habakkuk 1:5-17

“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own. They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor. Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour; they all come intent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand.  They mock kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they capture them. Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

12 Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler. The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad. Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food. Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?

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A Prayer for Insight in Times of Unanswered Prayer

Habakkuk 1:2-4

Have you ever had more questions, than answers after you have prayed about a subject? Have you ever wondered why the Father doesn’t answer more prayer? If so, then your not alone.  Habakkuk had these same thoughts.  Hopefully, this prayer that’s built on Habakkuk’s words will be helpful.

Prayer

Lord, I have some tough questions for You, thankfully You’re big enough to handle my questions. You will never be offended when I come to You in faith. Lord, why don’t You answer my prayers? I’m under the persuasion that more people would pray if You acted when they prayed. All these grand promises You give about prayer and it seems like the more I pray the less you move. Would I be better off if I just stopped praying? Lord, here I am praying for Your Kingdom to come and when I see the violence, I ask for You to move. But You don’t do anything, what about that?  All I desire is holiness, but You surround me with wicked people! You make me look dead center at their wickedness. You hone my vision on evil. I assume You want me to pray about it. But why pray if it appears You never do anything. Why do You do this to me? Why would You have me intercede over problems You never act on? Why do You want me to waste my time? Lord, it’s not only in the world. It’s the same thing with strife and conflict among my brothers. The righteous are surrounded with the wicked. Can You give me some insight into what You are doing? (More hope and God’s response will come tomorrow.)

 

Habakkuk 1:2-4

How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving For End-Time Victory

Joel 3:17-21

 

In the hustle of life it can be easy to forget we’re on the winning team.  I hope this prayer reminds you our future is bright.

Prayer

Father, thank You, because at the end of the day You will stand victorious over the carnage of the epic end-time war, and we will stand victorious with You.  You will establish Your kingdom on Earth (Revelation 21:1-2), and Jerusalem will be it’s capital. Never again will Your people ever experience the threat of attack. Your presence and Your prosperity will be the new order of life.  I just want to thank You for letting me be apart of Your kingdom. I can’t wait! Your river flowing from Your temple will nourish the whole atmosphere and ecosystem.  All the nations that have threaten Your people historically, they’ll be securely conquered lands.  Thank You Lord, peace and rest is in our future! You will judge the world.  You will set things right! You will see that justice is carried out compassionately and definitively.  Thank You, Father, for being a just and merciful God. When it is all said and done everyone will say, justice is served and that Father, Son and Holy Spirit rules the world. Hallelujah!!!

Joel 3:17-21

“Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her. “In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias. But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood. Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem through all generations. Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged? No, I will not.” The Lord dwells in Zion!

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How To Pray So We Don’t Mess Up The Coming Revival

Joel 3:9-16

I believe revival and awakening are coming to the entire world.  If this is true, then the enemy will seek to stop this move of God.  We must be ready to contend for this coming revival and for the lost souls that will be saved during it. Thinking and prayer must not only be for the arrival it but also the stewardship of it.  Stewarding revival will maximize the long term results from it. Joel gives us insight in how to pray and prepare for the coming move of God.  The prayer and the scripture are listed below.

 Prayer

Father, the culmination of history is pressing forward. War is erupting: spiritual war-physical war.  It’s time we get ready for battle. Make the weakest believer a mighty warrior.  Mobilize Your angels for action.  You will judge the people.  Humanities harvest of wickedness is getting ripe.  You will swing Your sickle and bring humanities sin to justice. In light of this we cry out for the multitudes in the valley of decision. Lord, by Your grace help them to choose You.  Do whatever You must do to help them decide. Give them signs in the heavens!  Give them signs through Your people!  Let the Lion of the tribe of Judah release a roar of redemption, and may the undecided people become the decided people, and may they run to You their refuge (Revelation 5:5).  But one thing is for sure Your people will be kept by Your hand-both Jew and gentile.

Joel 3:9-16

Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say,“I am strong!” Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, Lord! “Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow—so great is their wickedness!” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving For God’s Zealous Goodness

Joel 2:18-24

 

Joel 2:18-24

Then the Lord was jealous for his land and took pity on his people. The Lord replied to them: “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations. “I will drive the northern horde far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land; its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea. And its stench will go up;  its smell will rise.” Surely he has done great things! Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice.Surely the Lord has done great things! Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers,  both autumn and spring rains, as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

Prayer

Lord, thank You that You’re jealous for us, and when we call on Your name, You’re eager to act. Thank You, Father, that You desire to flood us with a harvest of souls, the wine of Your presence and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. You long to satisfy us, Hallelujah!  You crave to put us in the place of influence. You are eager to drown whatever comes against us in the sea whether this is legions of demons or the circumstances of life.  Right now, we affirm Your goodness. Right now we encourage ourselves in the fact that You want to bless us (I Samuel 30:6). Right now, we resettle our faith on Your trustworthy character. When we call on You, You will do great things.  After we have called Your name, we should rejoice and be glad.  We should dance a real jig.  When we cry out to You, You will even heal creation. Our land will bear fruit and our lives will bear fruit. Fulfillment is our lot in You. Showers of Your presence will revive us. You will fill the stores house in our lives. Our congregations will thrive and will bustle with life.  Thank You for the blessings of calling on Your name.

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A Prayer to Receive Your Word and Invest It in the Generations

Joel 1:1-3

 

My hope is that my children will go further in the things of God than I ever have.  My prayer is “My ceiling will be their floor.” Joel spoke to this directly in his opening chapter.

Joel 1:1-3

The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel. Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your ancestors? Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.

Prayer

Lord, You are still speaking.  Help us to hear what You are saying.  We are desperate for Your word. Humanity is starving for Your word and they don’t even know it! Lord, let the influencers in Your Church and in Your world heed Your Word.  Let the elders of the church receive Your word.  Let the elders of our community and our nation receive your word.  We pray everyone will receives Your word, and right now I receive Your word.  Father, let us not just receive it, let us steward it, live it, hide it in our heart, apply it to our lives and obey it, then we can invest Your word into our children.  We pray this investment is more than just hearsay passed on to our descendants, but a living illustration lived out daily before them passed on in word and example.  Let our children receive the benefits of our investment of Your word within them. May the generations feast on the inheritance of godliness that we are able to leave behind.

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