Do You Really Hunger for God in Prayer?
Do you hunger to go deeper with God in prayer? Going on with God in prayer cannot be separated from the extraordinary adventure of being a Christian. Prayer is gloriously more than something than that you “open in a word of”. It is more than a religious gavel calling a meeting to order or the acceptable way to adjourn a Christian gathering. Prayer is more than bringing God your shopping list. Prayer is radically and gloriously encountering God knowing Him better and loving Him more.
We must take seriously the heart of God which pleads, “The whole land will be laid waste unless there is one who cares. I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of he land so I would not have to destroy it with the consuming fire of My wrath” (Jer. 12:11, Eze. 22:30-31).
Repentance From Dead Works
Prayer is a bold encounter with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. It is not a doctrine or a system of ideas. It is neither an intellectual pursuit nor an optional hobby. Prayer is encountering Jesus. It is drawing closer to Him each day, to know Him better and love Him more, to become like Him in holiness and power and glory.
In His presence there is joy, shelter, light, life, deliverance, victory, worship, glory, boldness, cleansing, holiness, rest, and everything else you need. Don’t start with His presence and continue in the flesh.
Looking directly into the holy, righteous, pure fact of Jesus, you will experience the fullness of His presence that produces repentance. Confession, repentance, and obedience are the secrets of walking in continuous daily personal revival. Why is there so little repentance? It is a costly work to self, pride, and the flesh and therefore unpopular and will never attract a crowd.
Sylvia Gunter, Prayer Portions