How Do You Pray?

I was captured by the way Habakkuk prayed. It is a great model for us. Habakkuk 3:1 Amplified says, “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, set to wild, enthusiastic, and triumphal music.” Verse 2 captures that prayer. It says, “O Lord, I have heard the report of You and was afraid. O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make (Yourself) known! In wrath (earnestly) remember love, pity, and mercy.”

Let’s stop right now and pray this verse for our nation. Mercy, according to Psalm 103:10, is not getting what we deserve. It says, “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.” The iniquities of this nation are piled high. The key to unlocking the stronghold is prayer.

Verse 13-14 says, “As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” We believers need to heed this verse. The fear of the Lord is our pathway. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Habakkuk asked the Lord to make Himself known. John 14:21 can be applied to our hearts right now. It says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Manifest means to make known. 

1 Corinthians 2:7 says, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.” Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of the law.”

The condition that the Lord reveals Himself though is obedience to His word. We need to ask the Lord: what part of Your word have I not obeyed? I think of 2 Chronicles 7:14. The condition is: humility in prayer as we seek His face, and then turn from our wicked ways. I am seeing this as when we humble our heart, then the Lord will reveal the hidden that is blocking His grace.

Joel 2:13 Amplified says, “Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil (when His conditions are met).” Ask: what conditions have I not met? When He reveals your hidden, repent. It is only hidden that it might be exposed. O Lord, revive Your work in our day! May our nation fulfill Your purpose and design, without further delay on the part of all Your children!

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