HATTIESBURG COMMUNITY CHURCH
February 25, 2018
There are many kinds of prayers. We ask a blessing before a meal, we say a bedtime prayer with our children; we have invocations before meeting or a benediction after a meeting. We pray for the sick and needy in prayer groups, and pray for guidance for those entering marriage. Many of these prayers might be considered simple expressions of prayer. Today we want to consider a deeper level of prayer. We want to move beyond the norm to a deeper communion with the Lord.
How has your prayer life been lately?
Psalm 139 can be useful to encourage us toward a deeper prayer life. Follow along as we open our hearts to God this week!
1. Search Me
This type of praying allows God to aim the searchlight of His Holiness at the inner recesses of our souls and expose whatever is there. When King David prayed he was reflecting on the greatness of God. He revealed there is no mystery that God does not understand. One should know that there are no issues or circumstances that confuse God! God knows already what is in your heart and He is intimately acquainted with all your ways. Would you venture to be like King David and open your heart to the Lord, and invite Him to search your heart?
How long has it been since you prayed a search my heart prayer?
What keeps us from praying this way?
2. Change Me
Ecclesiastes 3:3 says, “There is a time to tear down and a time to build.” We are continually changing and developing as our hearts are continually changing. In order to grow God must be allowed to break down those things in your life that are not pleasing to Him. Are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to do this? What are some areas in your life that need breaking down or changing? Can you identify a few?
Pride Lack of commitment
Unforgiving Spirit Lying
Lack of discipline Cheating
A bad attitude etc...
Do you need to get alone with God this week?
Could it be time to break the stronghold of the enemy?
Why not follow His leadership and give Him glory this week!
3. Stretch Me
Is God leading us to the point where we are no longer satisfied with the status quo? We should never be willing to live in a spiritual rut. If God created us to soar like an eagle then it is time to get off the low road and stretch our wings. Ask God to move you from where you are to where He wants you to be. Verse 17 says, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them.” Make it your quest to find out what God thinks and join Him in His plans. In order for this to happen, you may end up being stretched. There is no greater experience than to know that you are where God wants you to be and doing what God wants you to do.
Describe a time in your life when God caused your faith to be stretched.
What do you think He wants to say to you today?
4. Lead Me
Verse 24 says, “Lead me in the way everlasting.” Take everything you have and put it all in the hands of God. This means your life, resources, gifts, talents, abilities, energy, and future. You will quickly discover that God’s leadership in your life is for His glory and your blessings and benefit. Not all things are easy in life and following Jesus can be very challenging at times. Always remember that Godly things have an eternal significance attached to them. Jesus plans for your life is to touch and influence others and draw them closer to Him. Never be afraid to follow the Lord by faith. We follow a God who is faithful, loving, and trustworthy and we live in a day where people are searching for someone to provide leadership in their lives.
How is God leading you?
What does it mean for you to know you are following His leadership?
How do you discern God’s leadership in your life?