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Praying for God's Glory ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church

Posted on 03/11/2020 4:19:33 AM PDT by metmom

"O Lord, in accordance with all Thy righteous acts, let now Thine anger and Thy wrath turn away from Thy city Jerusalem, Thy holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Thy people have become a reproach to all those around us. So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Thy servant and to his supplications, and for Thy sake, O Lord, let Thy face shine on Thy desolate sanctuary.

"O my God, incline Thine ear and hear! Open Thine eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Thy name; for we are not presenting our supplications before Thee on account of any merits of our own but on account of Thy great compassion. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Thine own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Thy city and Thy people are called by Thy name" (Dan. 9:16-19).

God’s glory must be the ultimate goal of every prayer request we make.

Someone once said, "Show me your redeemed life and I might believe in your Redeemer." That's a fair request! As Christians, we are Christ's ambassadors to a dying world. With His Spirit in our hearts and His Word in our hands, we are to speak His truth in love and live a life that lends credibility to what we say.

When we fail to do that, we dishonor God and provide ammunition for those who seek to discredit His work. That was certainly true of Israel. They were God's chosen people yet His name was blasphemed among the Gentiles because of their unbelief and disobedience (Rom. 2:24).

Daniel knew Israel didn't deserve mercy, but he asked God to forgive and restore them to their homeland for His own name's sake. Therein would He be glorified.

When you pray according to God's will, fervently confessing your sins and interceding for others, you're following in the godly tradition of Daniel and every other saint who sought God's glory above all else. May it be so today!

Suggestions for Prayer

Pray for the nation of Israel, that God might redeem many Jewish people for His name's sake (cf. Rom. 10:1).

For Further Study

Read Ezekiel 36:16-38.

Why did God scatter Israel? Why will He regather her? How will the Gentile nations react to her regathering?

TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Theology; Worship

1 posted on 03/11/2020 4:19:33 AM PDT by metmom
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Studying God’s Word ping

2 posted on 03/11/2020 4:19:51 AM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: metmom

:: God’s glory must be the ultimate goal of every prayer request we make. ::

So, the goal is to gain God’s glory for ourselves? We must perform works (prayer) to prove God loves us? To prove to God we are righteous?

Ask yourself:
When do we know we have God’s glory?
What does it look like?
What do I do if I don’t gain God’s glory; will I go to Hell?
Do a pray well enough?
Who sets the standard for obtaining God’s glory?
Is Cletus lacking in God’s glory for asking questions like this?

It is by GRACE (sola gratia) you are saved and this of FAITH (sola fides), not of your works such that no one can boast (in things like ‘prayer gives us God’s glory’).
- h/t Paul

Only one, perfectly sinless man of flesh and blood was given God’s glory; for ALL PEOPLE fall short of God’s glory.
- h/t Paul, again

The Theology of Glory teaches false hope by telling us to trust in our WORKS to prove our righteousness instead of trusting in Christ’s works that won righteousness for all mankind. You’re trying too hard.

3 posted on 03/11/2020 4:49:16 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Scatology is serendipitous)
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To: metmom

Thank you again for posting this.

“Not my will...”

4 posted on 03/11/2020 5:07:32 AM PDT by patriotfury ((May the fleas of a thousand camels occupy mo' ham mads tents!))
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