Your Posture in Prayer

Good thoughts from my friend David Kitz.

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                       Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Verses 1-7

Hear me, LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, L
ORD;
listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me
(NIV).

Reflection

What posture or position do you take when you pray? Do you kneel, stand or lie prostrate? Do you bow your head, or raise your head and look heavenward? Do you fold your hands or raise them to God?

cape breton 258 Cheticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia — photo by David Kitz

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Nothing I Desire Besides You

I love the Psalms

Reading: Psalm 73
Verses 21-28
When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds (NIV).

Reflection
I love the brutal honesty of the psalmist. I always like to think I am the smartest one in…

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Envying the Arrogant

This is very good.

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                     Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph

Verses 1-11

Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, “How would…

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The Bridal Seal of Love

For the past several weeks I have been making Song of Songs a major focus of my devotional life and as part of that focus, I have just finished listening to a wonderful 12-part teaching series by Mike Bickle (of International House of Prayer) on the Song of Songs.
Although this is not my first time devoting a season of my life to the Song, this time around I found it so motivating that I wanted to encourage you all to consider giving some time to contemplating the message of the Song (which really is the message of the First Commandment, in poetic form).
Because the Song of Songs is poetry, and because it is set in a culture very different from ours, some parts of it may seem strange to us. For this reason a guide may be helpful. I have been greatly helped by Mike Bickle’s teaching on the song – as well as his testimony of how God overcame his reluctance and taught him to love the Song. So, for any who would appreciate some help, here is a link to the final teaching in the series, to give you a taste and get you started.
I debated whether to share this with you all, because I don’t want to just promote my own agenda. But I don’t think it is just my agenda. Teaching the Bride to love the Bridegroom is central to God’s purposes in the Last Days. Nor is this at odds with focusing on the Great Commission. Rather, it’s the fuel for carrying out that commission without burning out. Often we pray in a task-oriented or results-oriented mode in our prayer life. We pray for this need or that need. There is nothing wrong with this – Jesus told us to bring our requests to the Father – but the highest goal of our life, and what Jesus is returning for, is to be a Bride that is fully in love with Him, so that whatever we do is fuelled by our love for Him which in turn is fuelled by His love for us. Increasingly, this is the mandate that the Lord is bringing to the forefront of my attention – to go deeper in knowledge of His love, and then to let everything else I do be motivated, shaped and fuelled by that love. Although I fall far short of this, it is my vision and my heart’s desire, and I believe it is also the call of God, the reason He created us and the reason Jesus came to earth – that He would have a people who know the fulness of His love.
In Jesus
Peter

 

Looking back and looking ahead

It will soon be one year since Marion and I started holding weekly gatherings for prayer and worship in our home.

We began doing this in response to God’s call to be part of birthing His house of prayer in our city. Throughout the year one of the prayers we have prayed many times is for God to awaken the intercessors across the city.

In response to our prayers and the prayers of many others, houses of prayer are springing up across the earth as the Spirit of God prepares the Bride for her Bridegroom King. An especially exciting development from our perspective (because it is so close at hand, just east of Vanier) is the launch of Burning Hearts House of Prayer at East Gate Alliance Church on Codd’s Road.

Marion and I will be away for the next couple of weeks. Following the Christmas holidays, we plan to join forces with Nahia Haddad and the team that God is raising up at Burning Hearts House of Prayer. Look for us there on Thursday evenings, and maybe at other times as well.

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised (Psalm 113:3)