Pray for God’s mercy

Pray for mercy

This calligraphic fragment includes a Persian poem seeking the mercy and assistance of God. The verse read: Oh Sun of the proud skies, / Oh Gem of the sea freed from need, / I have hope (to receive) your favour, / Kindness, generosity, and support of me.”

I am encouraged to praise God and to cry out to Him to ask Him to pour out His grace on those who follow Him.

Even though I myself have a dismal record, when it comes to obedience, the temptation is that my own shame would hinder me from spending any time in prayer. However, as I am praying for God’s mercy on others, I am also praying for His mercy on myself.

The source of salvation comes from only one place – God. Only God can save a sinner like me. My heart is so hardened by sin that it could never improve itself.

So I pray…

Remember me, Lord, when you help your people;
include me when you save them.
Let me see the prosperity of your people
and share in the happiness of your nation,
in the glad pride of those who belong to you. – Psalm 106:4-5  GNT

It is a prayer I want to pray when I think about revival, about genuine salavation to those enslaved by sin and for spiritual prosperity to those who follow God. It is all those things for me, personally, too.

“A visit from Christ is the cure for all spiritual diseases.” – Spurgeon (Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit [Pilgrim Publications], 62:559)

May I experience the joy of His salvation on a daily basis for then I will bless His name.

Save us, O Lord our God,
    and bring us back from among the nations,
so that we may be thankful
    and praise your holy name. – Psalm 106:47  GNT

Time is short and so these hymns based on verses in Revelation might be the types of prayers to consider.

God’s Holy Ways Are Just and True

Then I heard a voice from the altar saying, “Lord God Almighty! True and just indeed are your judgments!” – Revelation 16:7  GNT

The Great Battle for Truth

They are the spirits of demons that perform miracles. These three spirits go out to all the kings of the world, to bring them together for the battle on the great Day of Almighty God. – Revelation 16:14  GNT

Ye servants of the Lord   and  Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray  and  Waiting, Watching, Working

“Listen! I am coming like a thief! Happy is he who stays awake and guards his clothes, so that he will not walk around naked and be ashamed in public!” – Revelation 16:15  GNT

 

“How long is the love of God? Jesus says in John 10, “I know my own. I give them eternal life . . . and no one can pluck them out of my hand.” In Philippians 1:6, Paul says ot the Christians, everybody he is writing to at Philippi, “I am convinced . . . that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day fo Christ Jesus.” Not “may.” Will. His love is infinitely long. And when did his love began? We are told in the book of Revelation that the Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the world. God put his love on you in the depths of time, and he will never remove it from you. Why? Because salvation is by grace. It is not by works. It is not given toyou because of what you do. It has begun in the depths of time and will last into eternity. It is infinitely long.” – Timothy Keller

 

How I pray is by praying for

Prayer-at-Night

Tucked away, separated by two books, is what really took place with Aaron and the people of Israel regarding the golden calf. It took place in Exodus 32 and the response of what took place was in Deuteronomy 9.

I was afraid of the Lord‘s fierce anger, because he was furious enough to destroy you; but once again the Lord listened to me. The Lord was also angry enough with Aaron to kill him, so I prayed for Aaron at the same time. – Deuteronomy 9:19-20 GNT

Moses not only prayed for the people of Israel, he specifically prayed for Aaron. Not only does it reveal the prevailing power of Moses’ prayer but there was much more love in his heart than I first imagined.

That is what the Kingdom of God looks like.

So when I read a Psalm like Psalm 93, the heart of the Psalm is a song acclaiming Our Lord the King. It exalts the Kingdom of God as the source of peace, truth and love. Is that not what I pray for when praying in the “Our Father” and I implore – “Thy Kingdom come!”

It is a short song but filled with real prayerful breadth. It instils confidence and hope in those who follow Jesus. For do I not sometimes feel restless, afraid of being overwhelmed by the storms and by the dark forces that come against me?

So I pray.

Sometimes I hope it is as dramatic as King Hezikiah.

King Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went to the Temple, placed the letter there in the presence of the Lord. Isaiah 37:14 GNT

He prayed for what would be best for God – it was God who needed to show who was the true God to follow.

That is effective prayer.

Especially when we come with such a promise —

Because the Lamb, who is in the center of the throne, will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. – Revelation 7:17 GNT

I pray for those whose pain they carry and are eager to have them “wiped away” and such an image of God changes the way I pray for you.

We not knowing: What to pray for as we ought, the Spirit helps our infirmities, by enabling us to understand both for whom, and: What, and: How prayer is to be made; and by working and quickening in our hearts (although not in all persons, nor at all times, in the same measure) those apprehensions, affections, and graces which are requisite for the right performance of that duty. – Westminster Larger Catechism