WEEK THREE PRAYER FOCUS: Contending (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Day Eighteen: Turning from our wicked ways
Today's First Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14b “…turn from their wicked ways…”
No matter what sport you might be playing, one thing remains true across the board: you can only play for one team at a time. The best soccer player in the world is no good to you if he’s putting the ball in the back of both nets. He’s no longer a teammate, but a liability.
This seems basic and obvious in soccer, but sometimes this kind of living can creep into our relationship with God. We pray for God to provide for us and bless us, but at the same time we are using His provision in our lives to serve ourselves, or worse, to mistreat ourselves and others.
When we are contending in prayer, we are asking for God to pour out His blessing, His power and His presence into our lives. It’s essential that when we’re asking this, that we’ve closed the door to wickedness in our lives, because God will not partner with wickedness - He just can’t. It’s not a matter of earning God’s movement in our lives, instead, it’s a matter of being able to steward the precious gift of His presence, power and provision as He pours it out. The best way to make room for God to answer your prayers is to live in line with His ways, and to ruthlessly uproot wickedness from your life.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
- Is there any double-mindedness present in my life, where part of me is living for God’s ways, and part of me is hanging onto sin?
- How can I practically close the door on anything that goes against God’s best for my life?
- How can I position my life to be able to steward the gift of God’s presence, power and provision if He were to pour out more?
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES:
Work through these scriptures, letting them sink into your heart, and wrapping your own words around them or yourself, your family, our church and for our city.
For yourself/your family: Psalm 1:1-2
For Commonwealth: 1 John 1:8-9
For the City: Jonah 3:1-10
DAY EIGHTEEN PRAYER CHALLENGE:
Take a personal inventory of any areas of your life where sin or wickedness has crept in. Confess these to God, asking for His forgiveness, and then determine in your heart to repent (to live differently).If there is an area that you feel that you really need healing, you may want to share this with a trusted believer who can pray with you. (As mentioned in 1 John 1:9.)
We also, as a community of priests in the world, are able to repent on behalf of our families and cities and nation. Take some time repenting on behalf of others and asking God to turn our families, our cities and our world away from wickedness. This is one of the most powerful ways we can contend for others.