prayer-imageGod’s is faithful to fulfill His call

At the heart of the gospel, Christ Himself summons people to be restored to relationship with God and to live under His leadership. The Bible describes this powerful summons and declaration of purpose as God’s call. Without coercing or forcing people to follow Him, He persistently, patiently and powerfully works in people’s lives. Ultimately, if anyone ends up living out God’s purpose for their lives, it’s because God was at work. God begins His work long before people first believe in Christ. He continues the work of transforming us to become like Jesus throughout our lifetimes. This is why it is so significant to pray for God to accelerate and to continue His work in the lives of friends and family who have yet to follow Christ. We’re basically praying for God to press His purpose forward.

1 Thessalonians 5:24:

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

1. Pray for God’s call.

Pray that the gospel will be clearly communicated so that God’s voice gets through to their heart. God is not merely raising His voice to get their attention. His call is an invitation to become like Jesus. God’s call requires some clear revelation of Jesus to inspire and draw the human heart. Pray for Christ’s magnificent love to be revealed. Pray for the excellency of His Lordship to be recognized.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2. Pray for God’s work.

God calls people to be like Jesus. The best way to describe the new, transformed, Christ-like character is the word “holy.” The special word which describes the process for becoming holy is the word “sanctify.” God wants to change every aspect of people’s lives, sanctifying them, which is to say, increasingly transforming their character to be like the radiant and pure character of Christ. God desires to bring about permanent and comprehensive changes in every part of our lives. Pray for supportive and life-shaping changes in these dimensions:

• Spirit.

Pray that God brings changes in their spirit, so that they are wide awake and desirous for relationship with God. You might have a hunch about how God may be calling them to join Him in His global purpose.

• Soul.

Pray for the emotional and relational wholeness.

• Body.

Pray God to bring physical healing, strength and vigor.

3. Praise God for His faithfulness.

Praise God for how He has already been faithful in the life of the person you are praying for. You might have to think about it a bit in order to be as explicit as you can be. Just what has God been doing in their life? You can be sure that He’s been working to communicate His heart of love and His intentions for that person’s good. He’s been working to bring about changes that will make that person become more like Christ. He sometimes works slowly. But His passion and zeal never change. Thank God with expectation for His work to increase and accelerate.

Know that God has already called you by name, not your own name, but the name HE has given you when He lay the foundation of the earth. He has plans to prosper you, not to have you suffer. He will have His way. It is pre-ordained!

Praise Him for fulfilling His call in your life.

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