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Prayer for Today

Monday, June 21, 2010

Category: Attitudes, Character, Prayer, Spiritual Life, Your Walk With God

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:16, 22

Every good thing God wants to do in your life today comes through the work of the Holy Spirit. Everything: the fruit of the Spirit, the understanding of God’s Word, love of worship, strength in a trial, grace to forgive, compassion for the lost, comfort in heartache, boldness in witnessing, power in ministry—all of these are yours when the Spirit is in control. However, when you resist the Holy Spirit, grieving and quenching Him, you forfeit His filling and all of the good things that God wants to give you.

The Spirit’s filling is a moment-by-moment process. Every day, ask Him to fill you again with His power. How do you do that?

Step one: recognize your need to be filled. Let God begin to grow within your heart the desire for more of His fullness in your life. He wants to give that to you if you first recognize your need.

Step two: confess all known sin. Get a piece of paper, get by yourself, and ask God to reveal your sin to you. You have to get serious about taking hindrances out of the way. Tell Him, “I’m listening, God. ‘Search me and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! See if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!’ Show me my sin, God, so I can get right before You.” And then ask Him to cleanse and forgive you.

Step three: Now, when you’ve done those two fairly difficult things, you’re ready to do the easy part: ask God to fill you. Yield yourself completely to His purposes.

Here’s a prayer I pray in some way almost every single day. When I don’t, I wish I had. Pray with me today . . .

Lord, fill me with Your Spirit today. I can’t fix yesterday, and tomorrow seems a long way off.
Today, Lord: Cleanse my heart from the fleshly residue of yesterday’s fallen humanity.
Today, Lord: Scrub my thoughts and motives till they shine with singularity—wanting Your glory alone.
Today, Lord: Wash me and I will be whiter than snow, purposed afresh to follow Your footsteps.

Lord, fill me with Your Spirit today. The tasks ahead are too much. If I must go alone, I cannot go at all.
Today, Lord: I’m not smart enough to know what is best, and not strong enough to choose what is righteous.
Today, Lord: My wife, my family, my friends, my church, my ministry . . . I am not sufficient for these things, and I know it.
Today, Lord: Or else what unfolds in the hours ahead will fade into the abyss of worthless, wasted time.

Lord, fill me with Your Spirit right now. Come, make these 24 hours all You’ve created them to be.
Now, Lord: You know how to ‘give good gifts’ and I am so thankful to be called Your child.
Now, Lord: By faith, I receive the Presence You’ve promised, and delight to know that Your Word is true.
Now, Lord: You are filling my life with peace and purpose and freeing my soul to sing.
Amen.

Ephesians 5:18, Be filled with the Spirit.

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