PRAYER GUIDE, “DISCIPLINE AND JUSTICE, A MEANS TO AN END,”  31.01.19

Father, pierce my heart with grief when I have grieved You. Make me accepting of Your correction and discipline.

Just like Jacob wrestled with the Angel of the Lord, I have wrestled in resistance to surrendering an issue/all of my self, trying to avoid, or somehow override the instructions You’ve given me. Forgive me for each such occasion. I choose now to put all such foolish resistance to death on the Cross of Christ.

I will willingly choose to surrender that situation which has led to the need for discipline, and submit and yield to Your Hand of correction, for I know that You “discipline with justice,” (Jer.46:28), to get me back on-track, not to destroy. Just like You said to the Israelites, “For I am with you,” declares Adonai, “to save you, for I will make a full end of all the nations where I scatter you. but I will not make a full end of you. For I will discipline you justly, but will not leave you unpunished” (Jer.30:11), You will deal with the Enemy of my soul, and send him on his way, but i realize there are sometimes necessary consequences for me, even after he’s been sent on his way.

Thank-You, Holy Father, that You have covenanted with me, just as You have with the Israelites, & the same principles apply to me: You have taken me unto Yourself – grafted me in & adopted me as one of Your own –  brought me out of bondage, and given me Your Holy Spirit, as a down-payment on my eternal destiny with You (Ex.6:7,8).  What a wonderful inheritance! Remind me of this every single time I become overreactive to Your corrective Hand and attempt to resist that call to correction. Make me to trust and obey, for there’s no other way . . . .

Forgive me for all those times in my life when I have been like the Pharisees, a religious, insincere hypocrite (Matt.23), appearing good externally, but harbouring wrong motives,  filth or evil within. I no longer want to be in such a rebellious attitude. I loose that from myself & put it to death on the Cross!

Your Word reassures me that “You discipline the ones You love and punish every son/daughter You accept. . . .  and although all discipline seems painful at the moment—it later yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb.12:5,6,11). So I bind my flesh to the work of the Cross in my life that I will adopt a spirit of humility, humble myself before You, Lord, acceptancing that Your discipline re-establishes right relationship, sets things right, and thus brings inner peace. Let me always be aware that any resistance to Your intervention will cause me to miss out on the blessings of peace, the peace of knowing that by responding to Your correction, I am free from all condemnation and can rest in Your Love. May I “never despise Your discipline or dread Your correction. For You love those You reproves . . .” (Prov.3:11,12). I choose to live in that place of “peace that surpasses all understanding” (John 14:27; Phil.4:7).

Align me with Your Ways and Your Will for Your Word “has told me what is good, and what You want/expect from me: Only to practice justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with You, my God” (Mic.6:8), “For You are Adonai who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth” (Jer.9:23). Let me embrace that Truth, and walk in humility, and reverence, to honour You, My Lord. In Your Son’s Holy & Precious Name, Amen.

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