‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law’ – Psalm 119:18 (NIV)
Every time I set my face to seeking God in a fresh way, God begins to change my heart, my mind, and my life. When any believer commits his or her heart to seeking the Lord, everything is going to change.
In the last couple of weeks’, I have blogged about a possible future ministry option that was suddenly stripped away. Having been stripped, humbled, and surrendered, I sensed that for the next stage of my ongoing inward journey I was to seek God in a fresh way. For me it was the opportunity to seek God in new and fresh ways, to go deeper in my relationship with Him. I begun entering in my journal fresh ways to seek God.
While they are not new in one sense they have provided a fresh motivation.
Go deeper in His Word
I have recently been introduced to The Passion Translation (TPT) of God’s Word. This has been a refreshing new perspective on God’s Word. I am currently reading through the Psalms each night. I have set a challenge for myself that as I meditate on the Psalm, I ask the Lord for the verse He wants me to take captive within my soul. Without fail I am discovering a fresh way that the Lord is speaking to me.
Begin the Day with God
This has been a non-negotiable in my life for many years. What changed recently is a Scripture the Lord gave me to kick-start my mornings quiet-time – ‘At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart’ (Psalm 5:3 TPT).
This provides a beautiful picture of how the priests prepared the morning sacrifice, which was the very first act of the day in Israel. David picture of morning prayer observes the priests “preparing” the morning sacrifice as their first duty of the day. Rather than prayer being a series of “random thoughts” prayer has structure and order. For me my first act each morning is to let God hear my voice!
Praying for things on the heart of Jesus.
What are those things? We find them in His Word. I call this kingdom praying. Kingdom praying is simply making kingdom prayers a priority during our daily times of communion with God. It is putting God’s work ahead of our own needs and desires consistently. I include missionaries, nations, people groups, world leaders and persecuted Christians. I get my inspiration from the news events of each day. At the root of kingdom prayer is the expansion of His kingdom.
Pray without ceasing
I have always found it difficult to stop and pray during the day. This clarion call God’s Word to ‘pray without ceasing’ pushed me to become more intentional in praying during day. To help me in this I have loaded a prayer app on my phone and tablet that prompts me during the day to pray for what and who I have pre-loaded.
Circle your promises
The book “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson, has provided another fresh way to pray. In particular he encourages us to circle our dreams and goals. He contends that by drawing a circle around our prayer promise we do not budge from inside that circle until God answers our prayer. I was inspired by the possibility of big dreams God is calling me to draw prayer circles around. In an act of obedience, I have drawn circles around my wife and my children and placed the promise that God has revealed to me in each circle. I have been blessed to see how the promise I have drawn circles around, has been confirmed by my family when I have shared them with them. I also ask my family to give me their dreams and fears so that I can circle these as well. I wait expectantly for the Lord to answer.
I am becoming more and more convinced that many are awakening to the love of prayer and are seeking new means to connect with God in a fresh way. Seeking to experience the Holy Spirit is a biblical and tangible reality.
We continually need a new and fresh revelation of God in our life. A fresh encounter with God will change the direction of your life. These precious times when we sense the presence of God are so real and close to us that they have a profound impact on how we live and how we relate to others.