PART 4 – THREE PRAYERS WITH WHICH TO DWELL BEFORE THE THRONE
Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Our translation for 1 Thessalonians 5:17 is Dwell before the throne! There are three short prayers I pray continually when I dwell before the throne. I pray them almost every day and often a couple of times a day. Why? So that God will eventually hear me? Certainly not! He already knows what I am going to say before I start talking (Psalm 139:1-4). I keep praying so that I will eventually hear Him. You see, God is always talking to His children but we are so busy that we do not always hear Him properly. We live in an era of rapid electronic communication and rapid transport. With all the radios, CD’s, TV’s, DVD’s, iPod’s and cell phones, silence has disappeared from many people’s lives. These things are everywhere: in our bedrooms, vehicles and pockets. We have become like radios that are not properly tuned to the station. The broadcast occurs and the quality is excellent, but we do not receive the signals. We are not tuned in to God and so we miss what He wants to show and teach us. We do not know what He wants us to do or be.
The first prayer has really helped me to be sensitive to what the Lord wants to do in my life. This is the prayer:
Lord, show me what I must see today;
Teach me what I must know;
Tell me what I must do, and
Make me what I must be – your Image!
This is a dangerous prayer. It gets you out of your comfort zone. It gives God an opportunity to set the agenda between you. With this prayer, you are giving Him an opportunity to talk to you about issues you will never even think of yourself. I challenge you today to dwell before the throne with this short prayer. It will make you sensitive to God’s voice. It will change your life! It will give your life new meaning. It will bring the sparkle and excitement back into your relationship with God.
You have only one life. Make the best of it! Invest in your life (not only in the bank). Make sure that your life bears fruit and has meaning. The life you have received from God is too precious to waste on issues that are worthless. Dwell before the throne with these few words and daily live God’s agenda for you (cf. Ephesians 2:10 & 5:15-17)!
Prayer: Father, help me not to pray only about my needs and desires but to give You an opportunity to talk to me about what is in Your heart.
Dwell before the throne with this morning prayer. Pray it sincerely, for yourself, your family and friends, and for your personnel and community.
Pray for Africa: Focus on the agricultural community of Burkina Faso.