Praying God’s Word
Thank You Jesus that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes and that seemed good in Your sight (Matthew 11:25). All things have been delivered to You by the Father, thank You for choosing to reveal Yourself to us; I am in awe of this truth. Thank You Lord Jesus that no one can come to You unless you, Father draw them and I know that You, Abba Father are drawing ______ to Yourself, to a complete surrender of their mind, will and emotions to Your loving control. Draw them now, even as I pray, to Jesus, the One true God and Father, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Thank You that it is the Spirit who gives life, no one can give them this life and no one can prevent them from receiving Your life. Thank You that You promise living water to anyone who is thirsty. I am asking for Your living water to be poured into _____ and through them, cleansing them of all of their past, present and future sin and of everything that is not of faith. Make them thirsty for this Water Lord Jesus. Lord You tell me that whoever abides in Your Word will be Your disciple indeed and I am asking that You will give _____ a hunger and thirst for Your word.
Praying God’s Word for Surrender
From John 6:44, 6:63; 7:37 and 8:31, this portion of my prayer acknowledges Who God is and that it is He who does the drawing and wooing and winning, and not I. It is His desire that we come to Him from our own desire and need and love for Him, not because anyone has pressured or coerced us. Jesus never twisted anyone’s arm into relationship with Himself. Jesus said that no one could come to Him unless the Father who sent Him draws them, and even in this, as we pray we are surrendering those we pray for into the complete authority of the Holy Spirit. John 6:63 says it is the Spirit who gives life. In John 7:37, it is Jesus who is the giver of the living water and in John 8:31, it is Jesus who is the Word and when we abide in Him, we are indeed His disciples. What does this mean and what are we asking for when we pray for our loved ones to be His disciples? For me, personally, it is always going to be the prayer of my heart that those I am praying for, particularly the members of my family, will truly be His disciples.
The Multitudes/The Twelve/The Three
What is a Disciple? It seems there were the multitudes that followed Jesus around and admired Him from a distance, until He began to speak of things they did not understand; suddenly it became about something they were not willing to hear; the Wow and Aha moments ceased and they were faced with the reality of the cost of following Him. Finally, it seemed to be too much to ask of them, and they walked away, and they followed Him no more.
Then there were the twelve, He personally hand-picked these; “Follow Me,” He called out, and something about this call caused them to leave everything and begin walking with Him.
But there were also out of these twelve, three—Peter, James and John—who were in the inner circle. It was these who went on up to the top of the mountain where they saw Jesus in His Heavenly grandeur and glory sharing some inner, private matter with Moses and Elijah—and just like us, they wanted to make the moment last—they wanted to set up their lives on this mountaintop experience! As Oswald Chambers says, after every mountaintop experience, there is a descent back down to the demon-possessed valley; we can’t live on the mountaintop, not yet, not here in this fallen place. It was all a part of the training for these men, the highs, the lows, the devastating moment when Jesus seemed to be not who they had wanted Him to be after all, when the emotional high vanished and they were left feeling bereft and abandoned. It was these who loved Him enough to go deeper into the garden where they saw Him in His terribly weakened state of mind, quite unlike the Heavenly vision on the top of the mountain. Here He was being emptied out, He wasn’t praying for them—He wanted them near Him; He almost seemed to need them.
These were not the brightest, nor the bravest, nor the most educated of the disciples. They were plain, simple men. I don’t say that Jesus loved these more than the others, but there was something about their hearts that He saw, which caused Him to allow them into His inner, private thoughts. They failed Him, they betrayed Him, they fought over who was going to be first in the Kingdom, they fell asleep in that same garden even after He had asked them if they would please pray while He was surrendering Himself into the coming torture He would endure—for them. They didn’t get it. They never got Him until after Pentecost, but somehow, there was something about the heart of these men that was completely sold out—all in—for Jesus Christ. This is my heart’s desire in my prayers.
The multitudes turned away, leaving Jesus, alone with the twelve asking “Will you also go away?” (John 6:67), to which Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You alone have the words to eternal life? Also we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” This is the state of the heart that He is drawing us toward—He alone—Jesus alone.
My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God; (Oswald Chambers)
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