Week 3

BREAKTHROUGH PRAYER STUDY

Prayer Session 3

 

Intro

It is impossible to live life on top of the world all the time.  There are times when life seems in the pits.  And that happens to everyone.  Even saints have bad days.  And it is okay. 

 

But it is not okay to become satisfied to stay there.  Those down days, those troubling times are God’s gift to help us realize how much we yearn for God’s Spirit.  They remind us how much we depend on God’s power and presence in our everyday lives.

 

 

Digging into the Text

Psalm 42:1 & 2 – “As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, God.  I thirst for God, the living God.”

 

This Psalm is not attributed to David, although he apparently wrote many of them.  From his childhood David learned to trust in God.  Perhaps it was in the those many days of watching sheep that David developed habits of attentiveness to God.  And those habits served him well throughout his life.

 

I knew a school principle who described recess duty to be hours of tedious boredom and a few seconds of sheer terror.  But it is the disciplines in the hours of boredom that guide us through the seconds of sheer terror.  It is how we prepare, equip, and train ourselves that empowers us to face the crises.  It is how we shape our spiritual reflexes ahead of time that enables us to face the challenges.

 

And the blessing is not just in the thrill and excitement of the terror, but in the fulfillment of joy in whatever circumstances.  In fact, the blessing does not depend on the outward circumstances, but the inward relationship with God. 

 

That’s why the Apostle Paul, much later than King David, could say, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  …whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.  I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  (Phil 4:11-13)

 

Questions to Ponder:

1.     What influences my thought life most? 

2.     What is the most significant source of media that I consume?

3.     What are the means by which I can listen more carefully to God?

 

Application

What is one habit I would like to start to deepen the reservoir of God’s presence in my life?

 

Breakthrough Prayer

      “Lord, I pray for breakthroughs in my life, my church, and the world.  Give me faith to see your Spirit at work.  Reveal what you want to do through me.  I trust in your grace in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 

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