Last night at church as part of the worship gathering, we corporately prayed three prayers from a Puritan book of prayers (I become mildly obsessed and purchased the book off Amazon today. You can find it here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0851512283/ref=oss_product ). The Puritans knew what was up. I want to learn to pray like them.
As we as a church fasted for the nations, we declared that more than we hunger for food, we hunger for the praise of God in the church. More than we hunger for food, we hunger for the holiness of God in our lives. More than we hunger for food, we hunger for the glory of God in the nations.
Which led us to the final prayer, a prayer declaring that we truly hunger for God’s glory to be made known in all the nations and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that that happens. I don’t want these to be empty words I recite. I want them to be my life. I want them to consume me. I want to be consumed by an unquenchable fire to bring the Gospel to the nations. We pray. We give. We go. This is what we were made for. There is nothing else that matters.
Sovereign God, Your cause, not our own, engages our hearts, and we appeal to You to set up Your Kingdom in every place where Satan reigns. Glorify Yourself and we will rejoice, for to bring honor to Your name is our sole desire. We adore you, and we long that others might know and delight in You. O that all men might love and praise You, that You might have all glory from all the world! Let sinners be brought to You for Your name’s sake! To the eye of reason everything respecting the conversion of others is as dark as midnight, but You can accomplish great things. This is Your cause, and You alone can save men for Your glory. Oh Lord, use us however You will, and do with us whatever You want. Oh, promote Your cause, let your kingdom come, and let Your interests be advanced in this world! Oh, bring in great numbers to Jesus! Let us see that glorious day, and let us be willing to die for that glorious end. It is your cause and Your kingdom that we long for, not our own. Oh, answer our request, and make Your praise known among all the peoples! Amen.