Sunday, March 21, 2010

Prayer from a different viewpoint


Today as I was singing in church I realized the absolute beauty of words and the power of crying to the heavens. God wants us to cry out in desperation, to be down on our knees, to be broken and burdened, not for HIM, but FOR us. I know that when I sing and praise and share my joy of His amazing power I am in a different heart space then when I am crying out in desperation. It says in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything but I wonder how often I have decided in the venue of a church service to be the person that is no holds barred crying out to Him. Yes, there is a time for worship, a time for quiet, a time for prayers of request, prayers of healing, prayers for those pre-christian people in our families, but when the Lord burdens you with intercessory prayers for things unseen, He is not asking for quiet quick prayer. I know what Pastor Scott was saying this Sunday morning, when he said we sing loud and pray quiet, the Lord had burdened me with the same thing. I was thinking 'come-on church".
God was working in the service this morning to move me to a new place. He was calling me to a place where it didn't matter who was watching, He was calling me to pray! (In the middle of a song LOL, and I love to sing) Is He calling you to new levels?
In the service a group of us were praying with someone and I felt the Lord tell me ...cry out to Me...I want to burden you..I want to show you the pain I see...show you the hurt behind the eyes...WOW then I was listening!
I know that He calls to us prayer, but now I am reminded once again of the power of our words, the power of down on our knees, crying out to HIM prayer. He can heal, He can do all things from our standing position but humbling us to pray for others in the same way we would want them to pray for us, that is what He was talking about.
Lord as we sang this morning I want to claim to the heavens my commitment to ask for more of you...
(Hosanna)
Heal my heart and make it clean

Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me

Break my heart from what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I go from nothing to
Eternity

I found this quote on line, the definition of an intercessor.

"Intercession is praying with the real hope and real intent that God would step in and act for the positive advancement of some specific other person(s) or other entity. It is trusting God to act, even if it's not in the manner or timing we seek. God wants us to ask, even urgently. It is casting our weakness before God's strength, and (at its best) having a bit of God's passion burn in us."

Keep praying..

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