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Day 4 – 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer

Day 4 – 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer

I Love The Lord

“You can always give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.”
—Amy Carmichael

“I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!”
—Psalm 116:1–2 (nlt)

Another version says, “Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live” (Psalm 116:2 nasb), but I love the picture of a Father bending down to hear his child. How many times have you stooped down to look a child in the face to speak to him or her? We do this because we want them to focus on us or want them to know we are listening to them. We want them to feel and know they are important!

The words in these two verses paint that picture to me. They go deep into my heart and bring healing! I am a child of God. I am important to Him. The Lord wants to hear my needs and requests. He wants to be a part of my life, and I need Him to be my life. I need His life flowing down to me, flowing in me, and flooding my mind, body, and spirit. I need this because I need healing every day.

My mind, body, and spirit are attacked every day. Life crowds in and tries to steal my intimacy with God. Busyness leaves us rushing through the day, failing to see those around us, failing to see the needs around us. When we don’t have new strength from the Lord every morning, we don’t want to look and see the needs of others. We can’t! The burden is too great, so we just walk on by.

There is only one way off this merry-go-round, and that is prayer! Time with Him. “I love the Lord because he hears my voice and prayer for mercy”! He hears. He has given me this one life to live. He knows all the people in my life. He knows all the needs of their lives. And He has asked me to care, to intercede for them, to stand in the gap for them, to be a bridge for them to heaven, to stand with them in their fight! “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19). We need the Spirit of God to flow through us like floodwater to make our enemies flee!

Isaiah paints a picture of victory to me. It’s the kind of victory I try to apply to my prayer life. I want to see healing in people’s lives. I want to believe for a job situation to be handled or for a prodigal son or daughter to come home to Jesus:

Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations, and raise my signal to the peoples; and they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you, and lick the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame. (Isaiah 49:22–23 esv)

Begin to see your prayers as the standard, the banner that proclaims, “In the name of Jesus, this siege ends here and now!” Then wait and praise Him; then wait some more and praise Him. We are calling the armies of heaven to fight with us, to do what we cannot do. We are believing our Father who bends down low, who hears our voice and prayers for mercy!

Join us in prayer today as we go before the loving Father who bends down from heaven to hear our cry. We will pray in faith together that the One who hears our prayers will answer us.

 

Excerpt from 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer, © 2018 by Jim Maxim, published by Whitaker House. Used with permission.