Saturday, March 23, 2013

Awaken us, O God!

Do you desire to know God more deeply?  Do you desire to live a life that is passionate and alive and fruitful with the power of God?   Cry out to the God who can make this possible. He said He is a rewarder of all who call on Him in faith.  He said if you seek Me with your whole heart, I will be found by you.  He will allow you to find Him. He will allow me to find Him.  And when we do, He reveals His thoughts and heart in beautiful, challenging, timeless ways.  We enter into the experience of the holiest of holies where we live. We abide.

Oh God, stir within us, your church, through your Spirit.  Awaken our hearts and minds to seek you with all we are.  Enable us to hunger and thirst for righteousness and to be filled with your mercy for the lostness of lives around us.  Oh God, stir our hearts to beat like your heart.  Revive your church, God. Revive us. So we care less about what we have and do, than about who we are in you and obeying you.  Oh God, may be risk our lives for your sake, as the Apostle Paul.  Give us boldness and clarity in your message to stand firm on your gospel, revealed by your Spirit to our spirit.  

Oh God, there is one church.  One people who are the new creation you have made in Christ.  There are not many peoples, just one people, the people of God, born of the Spirit of God.  Oh God, you have made us one and we are one in Christ.  What momentum and power there would be if we walked together as one, in one mind, one Spirit, on baptism as your people.  Oh God, awaken us to be who we are.  Open our ears to hear your voice and to obey the call to live by faith.

Your heart beats to see the salvation of all those who will come to you in faith.  You desire that all people would be saved God.  And you call us to proclaim your truth, your gospel.  You will set people free from the power of sin and death and transfer them into your kingdom. You bring the dead to life, and enable them to enter eternal life in You.  O God, you are great and good.  Slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness.  Thank you for your mercy and grace.  Open our eyes to stand up in you and obey you as you lead us out into the world with your message.  Make us bold, God.  Help us see clearly, laying aside all worldliness and accept only the holy life of a saint of Christ!

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