True devotion and discipleship starts the moment we awake each and every day as we seek the face of God. Take the command of Jesus seriously to seek first the Kingdom by seeking Him first thing every morning in worship and prayer. And not for a shallow hasty few mins as we rush off to less important things, but a significant amount of time, 30-60mins, in quality deep prayer, fellowship and worship.
THE DEEPER PLACE
Im talking about the deeper place in God, that is a place unknown to the worldly lukewarm christian and those complacent with sin, to those pre-occupied with busyness, worldly matters, partying, entertainment & games, cares and worries. But accessible to all who hunger and thirst for righteousness, who will be filled. To those who enter by faith into the holy place of his heart, eagerly longing for more of Him, discontented with the vanities and falsehoods of this world, but longing just for more of HIM. Is that you beloved of God? Are you hearing the still small voice calling “Seek My face”
The deeper place of prayer is being lost in His holy presence, experiencing the anointing that breaks every yoke, its where veils are removed and we behold His glory and are changed more so into His image. Its where we literally feel the manifestation of the fruit of the Sprit – His peace and love overwhelming us, joy unspeakable, self-control & patience imparted, his divine empowerment to go forth carrying his anointing and power to minister His life. Its where we know Him as I AM, not I was or I will be, knowing Him now personally, abiding in Him.
— Jesus: “when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matt 6,6)
Entering the deeper place of prayer we start by singing spiritual songs of worship to God, perhaps 3-5 songs as you enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, and worship Him in the beauty of his holiness. (see more on Worship in Spirit and Truth).
Once deep in His presence confess your sins and let His blood cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Renounce and forsake any sins, and forgive all other people. Ask for an abundance of grace and the power of His Spirit to live holy and truly for Him.
— “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11,25-26)
PRAYER AND PETITION
Then start to pray biblical prayers (see below) in faith for yourself, and your family, church, ministries, the lost, friends and connections. Stand in the gap and pray for the nations, for revival, for the Lord of Harvest to send out the labourers, for unreached people groups, for missions, those lost in idolatry and error. Pray for those in authority (1Tim1-4). Pray for the will of God be done on Earth just as in Heaven: for lost people to come to a knowledge of the truth, to repentance, that they might be saved. Pray for the Lord to pour out His Spirit on all flesh (Acts 2,17-18). Pray for repentance and true revival in the church (2Chron7,14). Bring your petitions by faith in Jesus name, in heartfelt earnest believing prayer.
— “I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all” (1Tim 2,1-4)
— “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11,14)
Lastly rest silently and soak in His glorious presence, feeling Him, receiving more of Him and be silent, and listen. He also wants to speak to you, prayer is to be a 2-way encounter. Ask Him want He wants of you. You may also ask Him questions you have and listen for direct answers via the inward witness of the Spirit of God. Many clear answers can be resolved here. His sheep know his voice. Thank Him and go on your way carrying His presence and anointing, talking to him throughout the day and longing for His intimacy and to be back in the deep place of prayer again before sleep-time.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Christians need and must have a serious prayer life or they won’t amount to much and have little power to overcome the world or the flesh. If we are to walk in the Spirit we need to have a deep fellowship with the Holy Spirit and abide in Him. Christians must be baptised in the Holy Spirit, and abide in his presence through prayer and worship, full of fresh oil, like the wise virgins. Without this many will simply not endure to the end, but fall to worldly and fleshly temptations. But with this many will overcome and produce much fruit, lasting fruit, eternal fruit for HIS glory and pleasure.
— “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11, 17)
These are Bible prayers that the Jesus and the Apostle Paul and others prayed for the believers. As they are in the word of God, we can be sure they are the 100% will of God for us to pray and receive the answers, thus we can pray in faith, believe and receive. Here they are, read and see the wonderful things God wants you to pray for. Learn & remember them, personalising them and add them to your praying for yourself and others:
1.) PHILIPPIANS 1,9-11: “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
2.) COLOSSIANS 1, 9-11: “we do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father”
3.) EPHESIANS 1,17-20: “mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him”
4.) EPHESIANS 3,16-19: “He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
5.) MATTHEW 6,9-10: “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”
6.) ROMANS 15,13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Out of many things important things, this would be towards the top my list about what can make the biggest difference in a believers life. True devotion to the Lord will manifest a serious prayer life. How about you?
“When You said, “Seek My face”, My heart said to You,
“Your face, Lord, I will seek.”” (Psalm 27,8)