Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you (Mt 5:11-12, see also v. 6:33; Acts 5:41; Php 3:10; Heb 4:12; Jas 4:1-4).
It is God’s heart that His people are filled with pure motives and kingdom-focused priorities. Beyond question, a major factor in answered prayer is the purity of the motives behind the requests. In several biblical passages, God rejected prayers that were insincere or more for selfish gain than the glory and kingdom of God. The New Testament clearly states that believers must be willing to suffer joyfully for the cause of Christ (Mt 5:12).
Today, a major need is to ensure we are seeking revival for God’s kingdom and glory rather than merely to be blessed or avoid trials. While it is certainly right to pray for blessing and peace, these must not be our sole motivations. In fact, God may very well have to bring severe breaking and humbling for revival to fully sweep America. May we be willing to seek God’s face regardless of the cost.
- Holy Lord, we ask You to deepen and purify our very motives in praying for revival and blessing. Cause us to seek revival for Your glory, kingdom and pleasure, not just to avoid trials or gain earthly benefits. Help us seek Your glory and kingdom whether it leads to good times or trials. Lord, teach us to seek Your “face” for holiness, not just Your “hand” for comforts. Cause us to seek You, not just personal gains. Help us greatly rejoice when we are persecuted for Your sake. Purge us from all self seeking or personal agendas in our prayers for revival. In all things teach us to seek first Your kingdom and righteousness.
- Lord, I repent of shallowness and commit to seek Your face no matter the cost. By Your grace, I will even rejoice in sufferings for Your Name’s sake. I trust You to fill me with the courage to boldly witness and suffer for Your name sake. As a church, we repent of the fear of men. Forgive us for compromising Your truth and rejecting Your word. Cause us to proclaim Your truth regardless of the opinions of pagan society.
(Praying God’s Heart in Times Like These! “A Covenant to Seek the Reviver Not Just Revival, © Dr. Gregory Frizzell, 2009, www.frizzellministries.org, www.masterdesign.org/frizzell.html, by permission from the author. Download Covenant