These are the heart prayers we will be focused on at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time today. Join us in spirit from around the world. Don’t try to cover all of them. Just lean into the ones where you have authority. Pray for the entire tribe, and our extended families, that our hearts might be healed and transformed today.
We have found that as we come together at a specific time, as a tribe, God moves with greater power than when we pray individually.
He had a trauma bond to time. His heart was frozen over the guilt of not having heard God correctly in a situation that caused the death of many. Grief and fear anchored him in the past.
The Assyrians had invaded Israel, destroyed his nation, and taken his people and his relatives into captivity. He was deeply vested in hatred and bitterness and had no desire to see God bless his enemies. He turned his anger toward God when God chose to see value in the people he hated.
He had been on the defensive for so long, fearing fraud and trickery at every turn, that when his brother came, offered full forgiveness and restoration of family ties, he could not receive it.
4) Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea
Fear of man kept them trapped in a posture of cowardice, while they knew that Jesus was THE Christ.
She did not value herself, therefore could not receive Hosea’s gift of valuing her inner being. All she could value and receive value for was her body.
He had a social contract with God that included a particular level of care by God for him. When God did not provide the comfort and community he wanted, he dissolved into a pathetic puddle of self-pity
God replaced his religious heart with a heart of awe.
He saw the worst of idolatry, including watching his brother, the crown prince, be murdered by his parents in sacrifice to a demon. He reacted to the trauma with an intense pursuit of the righteous God, seeking to enthrone Him on the land.
9) Wall builders of Nehemiah’s day
In spite of the lack of support from the elders of Jerusalem, and in spite of the fact that the project kept getting larger and harder, they had hearts for endurance and therefore received the gift of a miracle from God.
He had to get a PhD in Babylonian magic, graduate summa cum laud and defend his dissertation before Nebuchadnezzar. Even though he was marinated in evil for an unknown period of time, he maintained a heart that was noble and pure and sought after God fearlessly.
Copyright February 2017 by Arthur Burk