Servant’s HeartQUESTION: Servant’s Heart - A Prayer of SurrenderANSWER:Servant’s Heart – Insights from God’s Word
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. - Daniel 12:3Servant’s Heart - Faith is an Action Word
Prayer: Lord, I am on my knees this morning acknowledging that now is the time to seek Your Face and turn to the only reality that makes any sense -- Your kingdom--significant principles. Everything else pales in comparison to Your truth and Your ways. I am on my knees this day in thanksgiving for being allowed to get a glimpse of the Body of Christ working together. We are seeking Your ways. We are being forged into one unified fighting force coming together and laying down our differences to focus on the only thing that matters -- the person of Jesus Christ and His kingdom--significant principles.
You have told us to go into the world making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to do what You command. You have challenged us to recognize that our faith is an action word -- we are to live and breathe in our desire to serve at the pleasure of our King. You have allowed us to find one another, and You are teaching us how to work together and to focus on Your needs. You are showing us how to love and support each other as Your Body, and You are challenging us to become the "light of the world" which sheds its brightness into the darkness that surrounds us.
My prayer today begins with a cry for humility, a servant’s heart -- and surrender for Your leaders. For just such a time as this, You have placed people in their proper places. You have given them kingdom significant power to accomplish whatever it takes to see Your will be done on this earth -- right now -- as it is in heaven. If it is needed Lord, I ask You to convict Your leaders of any pride, selfish ambition, ego, or fear of man that could be holding them back from accomplishing the purposes You have laid before them. I acknowledge Satan is running scared right now, and his attacks have become more frequent. To stand in this day and time, Lord, our leaders need Your heart -- they need pure and holy motivations -- they need integrity, and they need to be guided by the Holy Spirit and not by their own ambitions.
Lord, Your leaders are vulnerable right now. You have warned us repeatedly that many of us falter, fail, and give up just before our greatest victory. You know for whom I pray, Lord, and You know the desires and needs of their hearts. Help them to be the Godly men and women You have pre--planned them for. Return them to the simplicity of devotion to Yourself. We need Your divine protection so our leaders can glimpse into the spiritual realm where they will receive Your vision. Help us! We are in desperate need of a few good men and women who are unafraid of man, who are humble and gentle in spirit -- who willingly lay it all down for the cause of Christ.
Please, Jesus, prevent Your leaders from fulfilling the expectations of man. Release them instead to fulfill Your will and accomplish Your purposes. It is Your wisdom and Your creativity we need. You are our Head, and You have the authority over Your church and the absolute right to make all the decisions for Your Body. Help our leaders to submit to Your authority and to Your anointing as they attempt to lead and direct wherever You have placed them.
Place an army of intercessors around each and every leader, Jesus, who can pray for the Holy Spirit to pour waters of life into their thirsty souls. May the words of our Lord and Savior pour out of these prayer warriors to nourish and encourage those for whom they are charged to pray. Together, my King, we can do our part to see Your kingdom established on this earth and Your glory manifested on Your people to the praise and honor of our King. To You, Jesus, be all the honor and glory!Servant’s Heart – Making it Personal
Reflect: If you are being convicted as you pray this prayer, I urge you to listen to that "still small voice" and follow the directions you are given. Many of us are called for just such a time as this, and we need to be ready. It starts with confession and repentance -- getting right with God before He can use us. To be used by God is a sacred trust and not to be taken lightly. We must be prepared -- we are called to be people of integrity, devoted to the cause of Christ. Our motivations need to be pure. I would also encourage you to find intercessors you trust to come alongside of you. God is raising up an army of intercessors as I write -- they are all around you. Find someone you trust and begin to build a shield of prayer around you, your family, and your ministry.