Praying for genuine spiritual reformation in Nairobi
by preaching the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27)
Precept upon precept, line upon line...
Isaiah 28:10, 13
I recently meditated on 2 Peter 1:3-7 and prayed like this:Heavenly Father, God who is great in power. Thank you Lord for giving me all things that pertain to life and godliness. Thank you that by your grace, through the knowledge of Christ, you called us, CHRISTIANS, to your own glory and excellence. I will ever praise you Lord for your precious and very great promises through which you have made me a partaker of the divine nature. I may not necessarily and fully comprehend the extent of this divine nature, but I am sure that it is something greater than my understanding because by your great mercy, you have helped me to escape the corruption that is in this world because of sinful desires. Therefore, please Lord help me to ever be making effort to supplement my faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control. For you know how I am lacking in these qualities. Help me also Lord to supplement self-control with steadfastness – that I will be grounded and motivated by godliness and brotherly affection and love in my thoughts, desires, feelings and actions. In Christ, for your sake. Amen
1 Chronicles 29:10-19Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of your covenant people and our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. But who are we… but mortal, finite, unworthy and wretched sinners. You have opened up heaven for us to behold your glorious beauty yet we fail so miserably to come consistently to you. Clearly in this we see that we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding, and we know that our home is in your glory and so help us to delight more in prayer when we commune with you. We acknowledge that we do not even need to ask for anything for in Christ you have provided to all things. We can be able to give nothing except thank you for your kind and extensive, vast and unmeasured generosity in what we continually enjoy in Christ. Please guide our hearts to be kindled in love, honour and praise to you and your glorious grace in your Son, Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen!