A guide for interceding for the advance of the gospel
LORD, I HAVE HEARD OF YOUR FAME; I STAND IN AWE OF YOUR DEEDS, LORD. REPEAT THEM IN OUR DAY, IN OUR TIME MAKE THEM KNOWN; IN WRATH REMEMBER MERCY.”
What does it mean to hear "of" the Lord's fame? What is He famous for?
How can we become more aware of the ways God has worked in the past and is currently at work in the world?
How can we cultivate a sense of reverence and wonder for God's power and goodness, and how might this impact our prayers for a spiritual awakening?
What does it mean to ask God to "repeat" His deeds in our day? Knowing what God has done in the past, how can we pray for God to move in our nation in a way that leads to spiritual awakening?
What role might our own actions and attitudes play in this process?
Pray for a deepening awareness of God's presence and power: Habakkuk speaks of standing in awe of God's deeds and being aware of His fame. We can pray for ourselves and for our nation to become more aware of God's activity in our midst, and to develop a greater sense of reverence and wonder for His power and goodness.
Pray for a renewal of faith and repentance: In Habakkuk 3:2, the prophet asks God to "repeat" His deeds in their time, and to remember mercy in the midst of His wrath. Let’s pray for God to move in a similar way in our nation, bringing about a renewal of faith and repentance that leads to a turning away from sin and a return to Him.
Pray for revival and transformation: Habakkuk's prayer is ultimately one of hope and trust in God's ability to bring about change in his nation. As we pray for a national spiritual awakening, we can ask God to bring about a revival that transforms individuals, families, communities, and the nation as a whole.
I APPEAL TO YOU BROTHERS, BY THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THAT ALL OF YOU AGREE, AND THAT THERE BE NO DIVISIONS AMONG YOU, BUT THAT YOU BE UNITED IN THE SAME MIND AND THE SAME JUDGMENT.
1 CORINTHIANS 1:10
What does it mean to be in agreement? Are we as believers to have complete and exact uniformity of belief on every issue and practice?
On what issues, and in what areas should the diverse Body of Christ be in full agreement?
What does it mean to be "united in the same mind and judgment?" How can we pursue unity in a way that recognizes our differences, but pushes us all toward thinking the way God thinks?
What role does Jesus Christ play in our pursuit of unity? How can we appeal to His name and His example as we seek to overcome divisions and work towards a greater sense of oneness in the church?
How might our prayers for unity be different if we view them as a response to the Lord's call and leadership rather than just a human effort?
Pray that a new spirit of divine agreement would being to grip Church leaders across the nation. Pray that Christian leaders would be led to unite in Kingdom efforts and greater Kingdom impact would be seen as a result.
Pray that ungodly division would be counteracted by the pursuit of God's Word in passion and sincerity. Pray for believers to be open to learn from one another and to be corrected when we are in error. Pray for a desire to seek common ground and to work together towards shared goals, rather than allowing minor differences to divide us.
Ask God to help us build deeper relationships with one another, based on mutual respect, trust, and understanding. Pray for opportunities to serve and minister alongside other believers, and for a growing sense of shared purpose and vision as we seek to advance the Kingdom of God.