Read: 1 Samuel 23: 2, 4 & 10-11; Luke 6:46; Ephesians 5:10-17
Pray: Lord, show me what I must see today;
Teach me what I must learn;
Tell me what I must do, and
Make me what I must be – your Image!
This is a life-changing and character building prayer. I always want other people to change while I remain the same. But, every time I pray this prayer, the Spirit reminds me that change should start with me. It also reminds me that Being is more important than doing.
When I dwell before the throne with this prayer, I remember that I am not supposed to be like any other Christian. I must reflect the image of God and the character of Jesus Christ. This guards me from the sin of self-righteousness (Luke 18:11-12 and Galatians 6:1-5).
By praying this prayer, you are giving the Master Agriculturalist permission to prune you so that you can bear more fruit. You are giving Him the right to decide what stays and what must burn (John 15:1-8). You are giving God the right to change your thoughts so that you will stop thinking and deliberating the way the world does and will know His will (Romans 12:1-2).
By dwelling before the throne with this prayer, you are again giving God an opportunity to decide what must change in your life. One day, the daughter of a friend of ours told me about a very good book she had read. I read slowly and so I cannot read every good book I hear about. But, over the years, I have developed a sensitivity for knowing when the Lord wants me to read a particular book. Then I would go to the trouble of reading and studying the book. This was one of those opportunities. The Spirit created the desire in me to read the book, Respectable Sins (Confronting the sins we tolerate) by Jerry Bridges. Through this book, the Spirit addressed me severely regarding acceptable sins such as fear, frustration, dissatisfaction, discontentment, ungratefulness, pride, selfishness and other things that are the complete opposite of the image and character of Christ.
Let us dwell before the throne with this short prayer. Not so that God will eventually hear us, but so that we will eventually hear Him. I dream about an agricultural community that sees what God is showing them, that knows what God is teaching them, that does what God is telling them to do and that always reflects the image of Christ. This is the transformation that must take place in agriculture. It must begin with you and me, spread to our farms and communities and eventually to all of Africa.
Prayer: Father, I desire more fruit in my life. Therefore I come, clothed in the righteousness of Jesus, with His obedience, filled with His Spirit, in His Name, and I pray:
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!
Dwell before the throne with this morning prayer. Remember that transformation in agriculture starts with you. Pray that you will become increasingly sensitive to what God wants to do in and through you. Ask Him to prepare you and make you willing to be available to Him.
Pray for Africa: Focus on the agricultural community of Mali and Algeria.