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“Please forgive me…”
Shocking, I know. I looked at this briefly in the Lord’s Prayer article but I want to address it again. Asking God for forgiveness as a believer is basically professing that you are still in need of forgiveness. If you are still in need of forgiveness then by definition you are not saved. Being saved means YOU HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN. Not partially, not day by day, HAVE BEEN. That’s Present Perfect Tense people. That means a specific action (in this case forgiveness) happened in the past, before now. Instead of asking for forgiveness, or doubting that you were actually forgiven, just thank Jesus for having completely forgiven you the day you got saved.
“Stir us up Lord!”
Again, shocking. What did Paul say about stirring up? In 2 Tim 1:6 he tells Timothy to stir up the gift inside him. That means if you are not stirred up it’s not God’s fault. You need to stir yourself up.
“Holy Spirit, show me everything I am doing wrong…”
This is really scary. First off, the knowledge of sin (what you are doing wrong) comes through the law (Rom 3:20). So by asking the Holy Spirit to give you the knowledge of sin is to ask to be placed back under law. What is the first thing you will feel when you are shown something you are doing wrong? Guilt and condemnation. What ministry is that of again? Oh, right, the ministry of DEATH (2 Cor 3). So asking the Holy Spirit to show you all the wrong you are doing is asking to be ministered to by death. And Christians wonder why they never see the blessings manifest?? It’s because they are praying themselves into death. It’s the knowledge of good and evil that was the downfall of man yet we pray for that knowledge whenever we pray this. That is asking to fail. Stop it!
“We are hungry for You Lord! We are Thirsty for more of you!”
Although I understand the concept of desire, I am not hungry or thirsty. Jesus said in John 6:35 that whoever comes to Him shall NOT hunger and shall NEVER thirst. Hunger and thirst shows there is a need that has to be fulfilled. If you are physically hungry you eat. Once you’ve eaten, you are no longer hungry. This is deep theology I know. Before I was married, I had a ‘hunger’ to be married. Now that I am married, I no longer hunger for marriage. I desire to spend as much time with my wife as possible, but I am not hungry because my need for marriage has been met. Before I was saved my need for Jesus was not satisfied. I was hungry and thirsty. Now I have Him, ALL OF HIM and I no longer hunger or thirst for Him. Sure I desire greater revelations and more awesome adventures together on in the harvest field, but I do not hunger or thirst. My needs are completely met in Jesus. My declaration is instead “You have satisfied my hunger and You have quenched my thirst! Your living water sustains me in every moment!”
“Lord, reveal yourself to this person so they can know you.”
Although that does sound very cool, the fact remains that God wants to be revealed through you. Jesus said to people that if they knew Him, they knew the Father. Jesus now lives in and through us. Whenever you are doing the same and greater works of Jesus, you are making known the revelation of the Father. The more you look like Jesus, the more you reveal the Father to those around you. What did Jesus do? He preached the Kingdom, healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, cleansed the lepers, loved sinners. God would be revealed more if you actually get out of your huddled prayer meetings and start representing Jesus to the people. The harvest is ready. They are waiting for you while you are waiting for God.
Please know that everything I am writing against I once prayed myself. Thank God for revelation!
Yours in Grace!