Prayer models can be helpful in providing creative ways to pray. This prayer method helps you focus on claiming your spiritual inheritance in Christ.
I have a confession to make.
I’ve been writing about studying the Bible, trusting God, and walking with Him for a long time and understand that sometimes, it may come across like I have it all together.
In fact, I want to share a hard, cold truth with you: many days when I wake, I’m at a spiritual zero. I’m grouchy or anxious or soul-tired, or grumbly, or apathetic, or even full of shame and self-loathing.
If I had to rely on my “feelings” to connect with God, I’d hate to think how long it would take before I did so– probably weeks or months!
Fortunately, I learned a secret a long time ago: I don’t need to be spiritually ramped up to go to God. In fact, He welcomes the contrite and broken spirit- the one who doesn’t have it all together, who is spiritually bankrupt, with nothing to offer (Matthew 5:5). That’s me. Every morning.
My natural state is not one of spiritual prowess, but need and weakness. The Lord taught me long ago not to wallow in that sad reality, but to use it to my advantage! Below is how I typically do so using some creative ways to pray; many days, before I even get out of bed!
1. First, I admit that I have no spiritual righteousness of my own. I tell God I’ve got nothin’ and that it’s all on Him.
2. By faith, I acknowledge that as a child of God, Christ imparts to me- on a very practical basis and in said ways below- HIS righteousness.
3. I pray the IOU’S, claiming these as my spiritual inheritance in Christ. Godly desire, the mind of Christ, and spiritual zeal/life is part of my inheritance!
The IOUS Prayer Method
I- Incline my heart (Ps. 119:37) God promises to give me a new heart, one that is in-tuned and in-touch with Him. (Ezk 11:19, Ezk 36:26, Hebrews 8:10)
O- Open my eyes (Ps 119:18) God is willing to take my dark, disinterested, distracted mind and open my spiritual eyes to wondrous things! Imagine that. Yes, Lord!
U- Unite my heart (Ps 86:11) God promises to focus my heart and mind on Him and what truly matters most.
S- Satisfy me in the morning (Ps 90:14) God will satisfy the deepest longings of my heart, making me “immune” to the temptations of lesser things.
Once I pray through these things, using this prayer method (which, by the way, only takes a couple minutes. I typically do this before I even get out of bed), I know in full confidence that since I’ve invited the Spirit to do His work of regeneration afresh in my life, He will! I accept this by faith. I’m ready then to open my Bible and receive the “washing of the Word” (Titus 3:5, Eph 5:26), trusting that Christ will accomplish in me what I cannot for myself.
I’ll close with this favorite and familiar passage that summarizes this whole daily process:
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.IF you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:4-8
Friend, if you are struggling to “desire” God or with wanting to spend time with Him, begin here, at ground zero. Call upon Him and ask for the righteousness of Christ, the mind and zeal of the Spirit. It’s part of your inheritance as a child of God and He is happy to give it when we ask! I for one have relied on this for many, many years and He has never let me down.
May God bless each and every one of us as we faithfully call on Him each day and trust the sanctifying work of Christ on our behalf.
Love you much!
P.S. The IOUS prayer method is not unique to me. It’s one of several prayer models that I picked up along my spiritual journey and have found useful. I hope you do too!