Entry 20 Praying to see God’s People as He Does
It is often easy to get caught up into seeing people differently than how God see them. We are often surrounded by people who are incompetent, uneducated, and unskilled. There are many of those who make poor choices, waste other’s time and resources, are menaces to society, and who are well below our social/economical status. In business we can start to see people as a number or a dollar sign. At home we can begin to see family as needy, financial and emotional blood suckers. On television we can start seeing certain people as idols and icons. But God sees us all the same; as His beloved creation. When we accept His love and salvation, He sees us as His sons, heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, covered by His blood. God loves people who are smart, unattractive, mistreated, rich, and hurting. No one is better than anyone else; we all are dependent on someone. We may make better choices than other people, open ourselves to receive higher revelations than others, and we may reap a better harvest because of the seeds we have sown. But God see everyone as relevant and necessary to His plan. He chooses to use us to effect change in the earth. When we are more conscious of how God sees His people, we will be more careful in how we treat each other. Praying to see God’s people how he sees them is praying for the eyes of love.
Entry 19 Praying to be delivered from People
Sometimes we are held captive by people’s opinion, expectation, and influence on us. Jesus came to make us free from the bondage of sin, death, shame, and condemnation. We cannot change how people decide to think and feel about us. ¼ of people will never like us, ¼ will like us but can be convinced not to, ¼ will not like us but can be convinced to like us, and ¼ of people will like us no matter what. What really matters is that God loves us unconditionally. He will never love us more than He does right now in this moment, and we don’t have to do anything to earn His love. And because He loves us, He will raise up people to be there for us. We can pray to be delivered from the good and the bad opinions of others. When we get caught up with the good opinion of others, we give them control over our emotional and thought life. We can become self-righteousness; develop false humility which leads to pride and a fall. When we get too involved with the bad opinion of others it can lead to a poor self image, which results in a lost of personal vision, and a lost of life’s purpose which also lead to a fall. If we strive to be rooted and grounded in God’s word and His love, we will not allow people’s opinion to define us or give us identity. We can’t live for other people’s expectations of who we should be. We must connect to our source, and find out the purpose that God has for our lives. The only influence people should be allowed to have on us is a positive one, pushing us closer to our destiny. Anyone that gets us off track and off center we need to be delivered from. People that hurt us do not reserve the right to continue to hold us captive by their abuse and mistreatment. We can chose to confront them, forgive them and be delivered from them. Praying to be delivered from people is praying to be delivered into God’s open arms and loving hands.
Entry 18 Praying to Embrace our Uniqueness
God made us all different, yet we are all the same. People are alike in that we all have the same basic needs; food, water, shelter, love and purpose. Men and women want the same basic things out of relationships; love, honor, respect, fidelity, companionship and intimacy. And all human beings have the same basic internal physical composition; blood, flesh and bones. Yet we all have different callings, desires, goals, dreams, access to opportunities, and abilities to use resources. Even if we are doing the same things, we carry them out in different ways, from different life experiences, and achieve different results. We run into problems when we start to compare our gifts, lives and circumstances with other people, when we try to fit into a clique or club compromising our identity, and when we denounce who we are and what God created us to be. Our job to be the best at whoever and whatever God made us. He made us in His image, putting a little piece of Himself in each one of us. He has gifted us all to be a member of the body of Christ serving an important function. God wants us to embrace our uniqueness with all of our flaws and hang-ups, seeing ourselves as he sees us, as the apple of His eye. When we pray to embrace our uniqueness, we are acknowledging that what God made is good, and that even our imperfections make up who we are, which makes us valuable to God and to His kingdom.
Entry 17 Praying to Rebuke the Spirit of Rebellion
Rebellion is a conscious choice to do, think, behave or become the opposite of what you are expected or instructed to do. It is a form of pride and arrogance that says my way is the best and only way, and how I am expected to perform is an inferior plan. Rebellion starts in the mind, and if allowed to, it gets in the soul and the spirit. It reveals itself in disobedience and counterproductive activities. Rebellion is the spirit of the Anti Christ. It started with Lucifer in heaven who wanted to exalt himself above God. God wants His creation to glorify Him as He glorifies us. The Devil wanted to skip that process and glorify himself directly; consequently getting himself kicked out of heaven. In the Garden of Eden, man decided to rebel against God’s instruction and ate the forbidden fruit; which lead to them being kicked out of paradise. God’s plan for us is always for our good. Rebelling against His plan only leads to our destruction. Satan often speaks to our minds about how seemingly foolish and useless God’s directives to us are. We can pray to rebuke that spirit of rebellion, and command our bodies, souls, and spirits to be under subjection to God’s will. When we submit ourselves to God, He causes everything to work together for our good.