A Prayer for a Willing Heart

Prayers Through Jonah Part 1

 

As we get ready to pray through the book of Jonah, I want to address one important issue.  Many people believe this book is like a fairy tail.  They don’t think it’s believable.  People don’t get eaten by fish, and if they do, they don’t live to tell about it.  Or do they?

In February, 1891. the whaling ship Star of the East was in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands, and the lookout sighted a large sperm whale three miles away. Two boats were lowered and in a short time one of the harpooners was enabled to spear the creature. The second boat also attacked the whale, but was then upset by a lash of its tail, so that its crew fell into the sea. One of them was drowned, but the other, James Bartley, simply disappeared without trace. After the whale was killed, the crew set to work with axes and spades, removing the blubber. “They worked all day and part of the night. The next day they attached some tackle to the stomach, which was hoisted on deck. The sailors were startled by something in it which gave spasmodic signs of life, and inside was found the missing sailor, doubled up and unconscious. He was laid on the deck and treated to a bath of sea water which soon revived him. At the end of the third week he had entirely recovered from the shock and resumed his duties… His face, neck and hands were bleached to a deadly whiteness and took on the appearance of parchment. Hartley affirms that he would probably have lived inside his house of flesh until he starved, for he lost his senses through fright and not through lack of air [1].

Prayer

Father, give me Your heart. When I see the great cities of the world and the wickedness of mankind, let me be moved with compassion. When I hear Your call to go, I desire to run in obedience.  Give me a willing and compassionate spirit.

Jonah 1:1-3

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

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A Prayer for Closeness with the Father

Habakkuk 3:19

When the Lord has given you a heart to seek his face, if your pursuit is rooted in your own strength, then you’ll hit a wall. Your pursuit of His face must be empowered by His Spirit and grace. The activation of this empowerment is rooted in hunger, faith and determination.  This prayer based on Habakkuk 3:19 seeks to mix all of these ingredients.  I hope this prayer encourages you to seek His face. If you want to pray all the way through the book of Habakkuk, this click here.

Prayer

You’re the God that empowers and strengthens. You will give me the capacity to climb to the heights in You. I’m going to the mountain of the Lord (Psalm 15). I will live a life in Your presence and I will seek to see things from Your perspective. I am seated with You and I’m governing with You (Ephesians 2:6). I’m declaring based on the authority of Your word that I’m living a life close to You in Jesus name, amen.

Habakkuk 3:19

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

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A Prayer of Determined Praise

Habakkuk 3:17-18

We’ve all had difficult times in life. We have all experienced moments where we think, “God, where are you?” It takes a determined faith to praise the Lord in these moments, and this is the faith that Habakkuk is encouraging us to have.  Let’s pray this prayer together that’s based on Habakkuk 3:17-18.

Prayer

Lord, my praise to You and my faith in You is not dependent upon my circumstance. It does matter if I am broke and there is no sign of provision in sight, I will still praise You.  I will still trust You. You are worthy of my praise in the good times and in the bad times, and Lord I praise You right now! Hallelujah!!!

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

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A Prayer For Awakening Among the Lost

Habakkuk 3:2 & 5-16

It goes without saying that we need a spiritual awakening within our nation.  We need more than a revival among the saints, we need an invasion of the Holy Spirit among the lost.  Only the Holy Spirit effectively convicts sinners of sin and draws them to salvation.  For the fate of our nation to be changed, this awakening must take place among the masses not just the few.  Awakening can only happen by prayer and intercession. As we’re praying through the book of Habakkuk, we find a passage that serves as a great outline in praying for the lost.  Will you join me in prayer as we seek God for a mighty awakening to sweep the land?

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for the day You showed up in wrath. You judged sin at the cross. You destroyed the power of the Devil. With the Devil’s own spear and with His own plan You destroyed his kingdom. You placed every plague and pestilence on Jesus.  You poured Your wrath on him. When You arrived You had judgement in one hand and deliverance in the other. You delivered Your people and Your Messiah at the same time. You rescued him from the grave and You justified us while doing it (Romans 4:25). You are amazing and I love You with all my heart! Lord, I somberly understand that You will judge the peoples of the Earth and You will judge the people who steal Your land. In light of this send awakening among the unbelieving people’s. Draw them to the cross. Bring them into Your fold. Lord, remember mercy!

Habakkuk 3:2 & 5-16

Lord, … in wrath remember mercy…Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps. He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed—but he marches on forever. I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish. Were you angry with the rivers, Lord? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers; the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high. Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear. In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations. You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot. With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding. You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters. I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.

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A Prayer for a Visitation of God’s Presence

Habakkuk 3:3-4

Humanity’s greatest need is to experience the manifestation of God’s presence. Yet so many times our ambitions and lesser desires distract us from seeking what is truly important for ourselves and the world around us.  Let’s respond to the words of Habakkuk and cry out for the presence of God.

Prayer

O God, send Your presence! Let Your glory fill the sky. May there be such a manifestation of Your presence that Your praise fills the whole planet. May Your Shekinah glory be so visible that it hurts our eyes just like the sunrise does in the morning. May Your miraculous power be at work! Your power that has been hidden put it on full display. Let the world know Your power. Let Your church pursue Your power. Visit us with Your presence in Jesus name, amen. 

Habakkuk 3:3-4

God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.

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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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