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30 March 2009

Monday Monday

From Freedom House's Blog:

The Mamas and the Papas in their "Monday Monday" song wrote:

Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday morning, Monday morning couldn't guarantee
That Monday evening you would still be here with me.

Such a stark contrast to a Monday morning in a 24/7 Prayer room. Because you KNOW that God...
  • Was
  • Is
  • Will be later
... with us. Last night I heard that God was birthing some wonderful new life-streams in Freedom House Friends and their relationships with each other while in prayer. On the computer this morning, these words of God's encouragement were left:

"God Showed Me In This Hour Of Prayer That No Matter What The Situation, I Can Fully Rely On Him. Instead Of Getting Discouraged, And Quitting. Or Stressing Out. I Can Ask In His Name, And Whether I Like The Outcome Or Not He Has Plans For My Life, And I Can’t Wait To See What GOD Has In Store!!!"


"Clean your slate. As you come in to pray this week, spend at least one session like I did today. Think nothing. Lay aside hurts, wants, pains and requests. Linger in His presence and listen for His heartbeat. He will renew your spirit"

For Christmas a couple of years ago, my Mom gave me Oswald Chambers "My Utmost for His Highest". You've got to check out what today's entry is. Such a fantastic reminder of what we're up to this week.

Holiness V. Hardness Towards God

“And He … wondered that there was no intercessor.”
Isaiah 59:16

The reason many of us leave off praying and become hard towards God is because we have only a sentimental interest in prayer. It sounds right to say that we pray; we read books on prayer which tell us that prayer is beneficial, that our minds are quieted and our souls uplifted when we pray; but Isaiah implies that God is amazed at such thoughts of prayer.

Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray. Too often instead of worshiping God, we construct statements as to how prayer works. Are we worshiping or are we in dispute with God - "I don't see how You are going to do it." This is a sure sign that we are not worshiping. When we lose sight of God we become hard and dogmatic. We hurl our own petitions at God's throne and dictate to Him as to what we wish Him to do. We do not worship God, nor do we seek to form the mind of Christ. If we are hard towards God, we will become hard towards other people.

Are we so worshiping God that we rouse our selves up to lay hold on Him so that we may be brought into contact with His mind about the ones for whom we pray? Are we living in a holy relationship to God, or are we hard and dogmatic?

"But there is no one interceding properly" - then be that one yourself, be the one who worships God and who lives in holy relationship to Him. Get into the real work of intercession, and remember it is a work, a work that taxes every power; but a work which has no snare. Preaching the gospel has a snare; intercessory prayer has none.

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