I want to tell you about a powerful acronym I learned years ago…
It can literally revolutionize your relationship with God…
Here we go, down to the very fabric of your being:
A 10-Fold Prayer List
- “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,” — Eph. 3:16
A prayer list… really? Yes, a list. But don’t see it as a restriction to your “prayer time freedoms,” se it as a tool that will give you language in your conversation with God.
Here is why: your inner man (even ladies have one) has ten different areas, and the acronym I told you about is based on targeting those ten areas, so you can be “strengthened with might” (Eph. 3:16).
I learned this prayer approach many years ago, from Mike Bickle. And let me tell you… it’s a powerful tool.
Here is the ten letter acronym… F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P
Each one of the letters focus on an important area of your soul. The idea is to systematically pray through these ten areas on a daily basis.
All ten requests are based on promises or prayers from the Scripture. BUT you should know… not all the promises in the Bible are a guarantee of increased blessings… they are invitations to receive them based on our responses. That’s why, it is crucial for you to ask the LORD to release these blessings.
Read that again… ignoring that is why many Christians get offended with God and never come to understand how His Kingdom works.
For example, the Lord promised to put His fear in your life (Jer. 32:40), his promise is sure—but only the HOLY SPIRIT can make the fear of the Lord grow inside of you.
SO, the Holy Spirit waits for you to ask Him for MORE of the fear of the Lord, before He releases that promise. That’s how it works.
If you don’t ask, you may go through years of “unnecessary spiritual deficiency,” functioning without the Holy Spirit’s impartation and empowerment—without strengthen in your inner man.
Put differently, IF YOU ASK GOD consistently, HE will release far more strength to your soul than if you don’t ask at all. Is that simple.
If you are weak inside, don’t blame your husband or your wife. Don’t blame your kids. Don’t blame your mother in law. Don’t blame the pastor. Don’t blame the devil. And above all, don’t blame God…
Just ask HIM… ask and you shall receive!
Ok, this spiritual edition is already long… but before finishing, let’s cover the first acronym’s letter.
F: Fear of the Lord
“I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me” (Jer. 32:4) “Unite my heart to fear Your name” (Ps. 86:11) “His delight is in the fear of the LORD” (Isa. 11:3) “The Lord . . . you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread” (Isa. 8:13)
When the word “fear” comes up, we all have mixed emotions…
So, let’s define first what the “Fear of the Lord” is and what is not.
The doctrine and reality of the Fear of the Lord is both in the Old and New Testament. But is not to be compared with “demonic fear” or to be confused with “the fear of man.”
The fear of the Lord is simply this:
- God is Watching
- There are consequences to all of our actions.
You can get a clear (New Testament) perspective of the Fear of the Lord, when you read the book of Revelation (chapters 2 and 3).
Just take note on how Jesus speaks to the Churches. How important it is the way we live and how our choices determine life or death… this is why the Fear of the Lord is so important.
Also this New Testament passage:
- “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire” — Heb. 12:28-29
And this is really important for you to understand… the love of God and the fear of God do NOT contradict each other…
Loving God is fearing Him. Fearing Him is loving Him. Obeying Him is loving Him.
Plus, the true fear of the Lord is based on a profound knowledge of God’s love for us.
OK… so… how can you use this first letter of the 10 letter acronym?
You simply ask the Holy Spirit to awaken the fear of the LORD inside of you. Ask Him to unite your heart to His heart and to His Word. That He would cause you to delight in the fear the Lord (Isa. 11:3), by “striking” your heart with the majesty and awe of God (Isa. 8:13).
And as you consistently ask—you will discover that it is WAY easier to say NO to SIN and resist temptation—when you feel the delights of loving God and (even a little) of “HIS fear and awe” in your soul.
Here’s a sample/template prayer:
- “Father, release the spirit of the fear of the Lord into my heart. Strike my heart with revelation of Your majesty, that I might live in awe before You. Release Your HOLY PRESENCE and cause my spirit to tremble before Your glorious majesty. Unite my heart to Your heart and Word, and cause me to delight in the fear of the Lord.”
That’s all for now…
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