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Draw Near to God


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This is a Wonderful book on perfect prayer life by a Scientist Dr. Ashirvadam Kampa.

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Draw Near to God

  2. 2. Address: JESUS,THEINTERCESSOR 302, MotherlandApartment, 6th Cross, Kaggadasapura Main Road, CVRaman Nagar, Bangalore-560093 INDIA Phone:+91-9449815491
  3. 3. Dedicated to The Praise of Christ’s Glory on the Earth
  4. 4. CONTENTS Acknowledgments 11 Foreword 13 Preamble 17 Prayer for God's Blessing 21 PART 1: SCOPE OF THE BOOK 1. Introduction 25 1.1 The Purpose of the Written Prayers 27 1.2 The Goal of this Book 28 1.3 How to use this Book 29 1.3.1 A Daily Routine 29 1.3.2 AWeekily Routine 29 1.3.3 Yearly Schedule 29 1.4 The Preaching 30 1.5 A Caution 30 1.6 The Conviction about the Prayer 31 1.7 Our Lord's Message 32 1.8 The Author's Desire 33 1.9 Praying in the Spirit 33 1.9.1 A Prayer for the help of the Holy Spirit 34
  5. 5. PART II: THE CONFESSIONS AND THANKSGIVING 2. TheDevelopmentoftheInwardLife 39 2.1 Introduction 39 2.2 The Bible on the Believer's Repentance 40 2.3 The Remission for the Sins 41 2.3.1 The Blood of Jesus and the Forgiveness 43 2.3.2 A Prayer for the Forgiveness of Daily Sins 44 2.3.3 A Prayer of Repentance 45 2.4 The death of Sin by the Holy Spirit 48 2.4.1 A Prayer for the Mortification of the Flesh 50 2.5 The Leading of the Holy Spirit 55 2.5.1 A Prayer for the Leading of the Holy Spirit 56 2.6 Thanksgiving 60 2.7 Daily Work 61 2.8 The Healing 63
  6. 6. PART III: PERSONAL PRAYERS 3. The First Love for Christ 67 3.1. Introduction 67 3.2 The Christ's Voice 67 3.3 A Prayer for the First Love for Christ 68 4. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit 71 4.1 Introduction 71 4.2 The Holy Spirit's Desire 71 4.3 A Prayer for the Mind and the Heart 72 5. TheAnointing 86 5.1 Introduction 86 5.2 The Bible on the Anointing 87 5.3 A Prayer for the Anointing 88 6. AnApproachtotheBible 92 6.1 Introduction 92 6.2 God's Way of the Revelation 92 6.3 A Prayer for the Study of the Bible 93 7. TheLord'sSupper 97 7.1 Introduction 97 7.2 The Observance of the Lord's Supper 98 7.3 A Prayer for the Participation 98 8. AnEveningPrayer 105 8.1 Introduction 105 8.2 A Prayer for the Night 105
  7. 7. PART IV: THE PROGRESS IN CHRISTIAN LIFE 9. AFriendlyConversation 111 9.1 Introduction 111 9.2 The Bible on the Communion with God 113 9.3 A Prayer for the Dialogue 113 10. The Discouragements 115 10.1 Introduction 115 10.2 The Bible on the Discouragements 115 10.3 A Prayer for the Courage 117 11. TheTemptations 119 11.1 Introduction 119 11.2 The Scripture's Wisdom 120 11.3 A Prayer for the Protection 121 12. TheHabitutalDelightinGod 124 12.1 Introduction 124 12.2 The Bible on Delighting in the Lord 125 12.3 A Prayer for Delighting in the Lord 125 13. TheGoodWorks 128 13.1 Introduction 128 13.2 The Bible on the Purposes of Usefulness 128 13.3 A Prayer for the Empowerment 129 13.4 The Whole Armour of God 130 13.5 The Authorities 131 14. TheCommitmenttotheGospel 133 14.1 Introduction 133 14.2 Contending for the Gospel 133 14.3 Prayer 134 14.3.1 Living out the Gospel 134 14.3.2 A Peaceful Approach to Christ 135
  8. 8. PART V: THE PROBLEMS OF CHRISTIAN LIFE 15. The Backsliding 143 15.1 Introduction 143 15.2 God's Voice on the Spiritual Decay 144 15.3 Prayer 145 15.3.1 Rise 145 15.3.2 Shine 146 15.3.3 Never Look Back 146 15.3.4 Don't Give up 148 15.4 Lord Jesus has a Word for you 149 15.5 Bless Yourself 149 15.6 A Prayer of Surrender 150 16. The Deliberate Sin 151 16.1 Introduction 151 16.2 The Holy Men on the Deliberate Sin 152 16.3 Prayer 153 16.3.1 Confession 154 16.3.2 God has seen it all 155 16.3.3 Restore me 156 16.3.4 The Favour of God 157 17. TheHidingofGod'sFace 160 17.1 Introduction 160 17.2 God's Voice on the Hiding of God's Face 161 17.3 Prayer 164 17.3.1 Expressing inner self 164 17.3.2 Seeking God's Mercy 165 17.3.3 Urging for God's Face 166 18. TheHeavyAffliction 168 18.1 Introduction 168 18.2 The Holy Scripture's Voice 169 18.3 Prayer 171 18.3.1 Inward Groaning 171 18.3.2 Make me understand 172 18.3.3 What is my lesson ? 173
  9. 9. PART VI: THE JUDGMENT AND THE DEATH 19. TheJudgmentandtheDeath 177 19.1 Introduction 177 19.2 The Holy Men's Voice 178 19.3 A Prayer for Honouring God 179 PART VII: THE WORLD EVENGELISATION 20. Jesus’Method 185 20.1 Introduction 185 20.2 The Holy Word on Jesus’ Method 186 20.3 Prayer 187 20.3.1 Make me a Labourer 187 20.3.2 Make me fish men 189 20.3.3 Manifest Apostle's Time 191 21. The Rebellion against the Gospel 194 21.1 Introduction 194 21.2 The Voice of God on the Rebellion 194 21.3 Prayer 196 21.3.1 Destroy the Rebellion 196 21.3.2 Rise Mighty Force 198 21.3.3 Lord, Show us Mercy 200 22. TheEncouragementfromtheLORD 203 PART VIII: CONCLUSION 207 Notes 211
  10. 10. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS For about three years by the grace of God we resorted to pray as a family. Meanwhile Pasupuleti Ravi and Neetha from Vishakhapatnam (INDIA) opened their efforts to conduct small meetings with a few people, during which time God led us to discuss the power of the blood of Christ and the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit. Many believers were edified. We have discussed the matters of our struggle in our meetings. I thank God for these dear ones for providing a forum and spending lot of time and money. These efforts culminated in releasing my first booklet titled "Lord teach us to pray". Then God burdened me to write more elaborately on prayer, having realized that prayer is the breath of inner man. The first draft was sent to Dr. K.Subha Kumar, who is fondly called "Kumpaty" in US holding a very high profile at the University, Milwaukee School Of Engineering located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (north of Chicago). He reviewed and offered his valuable comments. I thank God for providing Dr.Kumpaty for the expansion of His Kingdom. He has contributed quite a lot to bring this book to a lovable shape. His effort in inserting appropriate "hymns" and correcting theological aberrations is praise- worthy. The whole book is adorned by his literary expertise. I shall not forget the prayerful encouragement of my wife, Satya, who obtained a good audience with God. Her
  11. 11. 12 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus prayer life transformed me to love prayer above all. She speaks more confidently about Lord Jesus. My sons, Jonathan and Jabez, though they had some setbacks, are rising in the arms of faith by prayer. I would like to thank Jessy, Ramesh, Dr. Anand Raj and Satish, who reviewed the manuscript before it could be published. Bro.Ramesh took initiative and designed the cover. May the living Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ consider this humble publication as a small supporting help to the work of the Holy Spirit all over the world, and bless it hundredfold.
  12. 12. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 13 In the 1959 publication by Bethany House Publishers, "Why Revival Tarries?" the author, Leonard Ravenhill wrote, "No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying… We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere." Thankfully, the Bible provides us good examples of the agonizers, wrestlers, passionate intercessors and fighters that Mr. Ravenhill called for. Samuel stated, "far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray" and Paul gave a testimony that Epaphras was always laboring earnestly in his prayers. Samuel prayed for Israel1 and Epaphras, for the church at Colosse.2 There are many such wrestlers in the Scripture we can learn from. I read through the Bible afresh with my local church in 2012. What I learnt to my reluctant surprise was that prayer is most essential in a believer's life. Moses by insisting on seeing the face and glory of God learned the character of God firsthand that He is gracious, compassionate and forgiving. And many such as David, Joel, Jonah and Micah referred to this character of God in their writings. Hannah's prayer life rubbed on Samuel. Solomon asked for wisdom and got that and more. Daniel put God's Word and Prayer FOREWORD
  13. 13. 14 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus together in Daniel 9. Nehemiah faxed his prayer while being in the king's court and received the utterance.And Jesus prayed alone under unusual circumstances when he could have used a good rest3 . He prayed a prayer of surrender at Gethsemane and He prayed a High Priestly Prayer that included us before He wenttotheCross.Iamhumbledandencouragedtobereminded that we need not only bread but also breath to live. Both the Word and Prayer go hand in hand in a healthy spiritual walk. Only then God becomes real and we sense His government of ourdailyaffairs. Theoretically, we agree on the importance of prayer. For Corrie ten Boom's question, "Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" many of us will sadly answer that prayer has been relegated to the spare tire spot in our spiritual journey. I am happy to say there is hope. My good friend and classmate since junior college has penned from his heart, enabled by the Lord, a classic that this generation is in utter need of, something of a sort seen among the puritans or reformers of old. This is a fresh breeze taking us back to the sincere roots of christian faith and its practice. It is not meant for a casual reader but it is for those who mean serious business with God. It is to our own peril if we miss out on the golden opportunity to be revived in our Christian walk by inculcating these prayers in our personal life. Dr. Ashirvadam has painstakingly provided the appropriate prayers for our use with the Scriptural backing to go before the Throne of Grace and find comfort and help in God's presence. Whether you need a jumpstart in dealing with being fruitful to the Lord or in overcoming certain recurring pathways that lead you to being unfaithful to the Lord, you will have substantial help in these pages to address such
  14. 14. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 15 issues.OrifyouhaveneversurrenderedyourlifetoChrist,you willnotonlyhaveanopportunitytodosobutwillhavefoundthe rightreasonsforit.Socomeonandgetsetforareadingthatwill impact the rest of your life providing you steps for faithfulness andfruitfulness.ThetimelessScriptureiswovenintotheserelevant prayerssoastoprovideusthespiritualvitalityinourdailyliving. When I read the author's words in this book, for example, "I know that with You there is plenteous redemption. O God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.", I am able to see the richness of God's Word4 as well as the refreshing desire to receive that redemption through a new genesis with the appropriate imagery to ponder and absorb that transformation. In another instance, there is a prayer citing the wretchedness of Laodicea and aptly seeking pardon from the Lord. That is precisely why I recommend this classic for your good use. It is my prayer that it will enrich your walk with God and in turn, influence your friends to the saving knowledge of Christ through your outreach. Let me end with the Scripture on safety of abiding in God'spresence.5 "HewhodwellsinthesecretplaceoftheMost High shall abide under the shadow of theAlmighty (Verse 1). I willsayoftheLORD,(Verse2)"Heismyrefugeandmyfortress; My God, in Him I will trust." May this book help us to do verse 1 so we can confidently state verse 2 in our experience. May our lives be saturated with both the offense of God'sWord and thedefenseofPrayer,whichsendsourenemySatanintoafrenzy and allows us to be in the center of God's will and purpose for our lives.We are at the greatest and the highest upon our knees. May this book help us to experience what Fanny Crosby expressed in her hymn and draw us closer to Christ.
  15. 15. 16 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus O the pure delight of a single hour That before Thy throne I spend When I kneel in prayer and with Thee my God, Icommuneasfriendwithfriend. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord To the cross where Thou hast died Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord To Thy precious bleeding side. SubhaKumpaty, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, US May 2013
  16. 16. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 17 PREAMBLE The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ has come into India about 200 years ago through the faithful ministry of several missionaries, such as William Carey, Panditha Ramabai and many more. Many of us have believed in Jesus as the LORD and Saviour as a result of their ministry. ButAlas! The admonition given by the writer to the book of Hebrews is true of us also. The Apostle cried out, "You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead you have dropped back to the place where you need someone to teach you all over again the very first principles in God's Word. You are like babies who can drink only milk, not old enough for solid food." 6 Thus, our witness to Lord Jesus has been very weak, and probably we may have to confess as declared by the LORD, "all day long My Name is constantly blasphemed." 7 Surely no Christian would like this situation to continue. We need to grow like Our Lord Jesus, who died for us. Mere growth in "knowledge" and "activity" is a delusion. Lord Jesus saved us freely by the death of His cross and has put us in the position of obtaining the very life of Christ. He desires that we should enter into this narrow gate. The biggest trap of the Devil was to keep precious saved souls in the delusion of activity and giving more emphasis on studying than living the life in the power of prayer and of the Holy Spirit. The first priority of our Lord Jesus is prayer, as can be seen from the Gospels. He took time to pray by Himself in inspite of His hectic ministry schedule. He prayed in the
  17. 17. 18 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus earlyhoursoftheday.SometimesHeprayedallnight.Heprayed intheGardenofGesthemane.Heprayedonthecross.Thewriter of the book of Hebrews summarized the life of Lord Jesus as, "During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears."8 So, in this Book, an attempt is made to put the whole gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in perspective. It is understood from the Word of God that the full potential of the gospel is unpacked to those who pray, and pray correctly, with right emphasis and support in the expansion of the Kingdom of God. Many read and study the Holy Scriptures. But the fact of the matter is that "the Word" must be incarnated into "flesh". This is possible with the application of the blood of Christ by the Holy Spirit, which alone helps us to get rid of the body of sin. As we receive the life of Christ in this way, it is marked with joy unspeakable and full of glory and the same life shows up in witness to the work of Christ. The key lies with the prayer life. The Bible itself is a record of prayers. Ordering prayer life to its full enjoyment unfolds the Holy Book in terms of the life of the Person of Christ. All pray. But all do not get blessed. Only humble prayers with the conviction of sin are honoured by God, when offered through the blood of His beloved Son, Lord Jesus Christ in the Spirit. Due to the power of the indwelt sin, we loose confidence in approaching our beloved Lord Jesus with dearness. By avoiding discussion of our indwelt sin, even if we pray, we resort to formal attitude hiding actual problem, which cannot obtain the ear of God. In fact, to our great surprise, Lord Jesus likes to hear more about our sin from us than anything else, because Christ is named as Jesus by the Heavenly host. Matthew, the apostle, moved by the Holy
  18. 18. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 19 Spirit, revealed the significance of the name of Jesus. He said thatLordJesushaspleasureinsavingHispeoplefromtheirsins.9 Manyweredisappointedinprayerlifebecauseofaskingall otherthings,avoidingdeliverancefromallsin.John,thebeloved Apostle declared that the blood of Jesus, His Son cleanses us from all sin. Therefore, let us reconcile our mind on this one singular aspect and occupy ourselves more about getting rid of power of sin in degrees. Then, blessings will follow without fretting. The purpose of this book is to pray more about sin, with the aim that the soul may be delivered from the power of sin and enriched with the life of Christ. Let 90% of our prayer time be spent in dealing with our sinful nature by our Lord Jesus. It is the purpose of our Lord Jesus to bring fullness of God into His body by saving elect souls of all the Nations through the blood-bought Children. Those who grow in the life of Christ will seek naturally to bring reality of the Kingdom of Christ into inner self and subsequently to this earth. The model of our Lord Jesus was to pray first and then move in to the mission field. Day by day the world is growing in opposition to the Gospel. But that should not or will not deter a child of God who is obtaining the life of Christ continuously. All depends on prayer life. Lord Jesus while carrying the cross, turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children".10 Apostle James, the Lord's brother pointed out, "The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with" 11 Two points are note-worthy: One is praying for ourselves, and the other is, for the right living. The Word of Godteachesusthatthesinisthemosttroublesomeevilthanany
  19. 19. 20 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus of our sufferings or trials. So, we need to pray more for our sinful nature to bring it under control to live right with God.We need not pester God for domestic blessings, as if He is is not aware of our wants. Humble prayers, uncrowded worship and simplefaithinChristwillbringtheinfluenceoftheKingdomof God to our soul. "Let us stop going over the same old ground again and again, always teaching those first lessons about Christ. Let us go on instead to other things and become mature in our understanding, as strong Christians ought to be. Surely we don't need to speak further about the foolishness of trying to be saved by being good, or about the necessity of faith in God."12 Development of inner life by the life of Christ and displaying it for the purpose of bringing the influence and dominion of the Kingdom of God among the people of all the Nations by being a witness to Christ through the Prayer Life is the goal of this Book. So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.13 Dr. K.Ashirvadam Bangalore, INDIA
  20. 20. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 21 PRAYER FOR GOD'S BLESSING Almighty God, You have commanded me to carry Your Gospel to "all the nations", to proclaim that Jesus is the only God; that He alone can save a sinner. O Lord, since You have revealed that the expansion of Your kingdom must be done through apprehending Christ by an enjoyable prayer life, I have humbly compiled prayers in this book for the benefit of the Church, Your body. Blessed Holy Spirit, the revealer of Christ, I beseech You to let the Church be rejuvenated by these prayers. Create in each member of the Church much hunger for the person of Christ to delight in Him, so that You may deal with our indwelt sin. Thus, the purified Church may be a witness to the crucified Christ. By these prayers may the full potential of the body of Christ, be awakened with the abundant life that we may serve God acceptably. Thus, may we be admired at the judgment seat of Christ, "Well done My servant, enter into the joy of Your Master". O Lord, pour out the spirit of prayer according to Zechariah 12:10 upon Your Church. Lord, empower us to pray ceaselessly to see the salvation of millions of souls. Lord Jesus, since You are the same at all times stretch forth Your mighty arm as in the days of the Apostles, on behalf of our generation. Arise, O Lord God, put on Your strength and subdue the enemy. Be pleased, O Blessed Spirit of the Lord, to appoint every child of God to preach the Gospel to the poor, to heal the
  21. 21. 22 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus broken-hearted and to announce that You are ready to give blessings to all who call on You through Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus, have mercy on me to fulfill Your mandate. May the Lord God bless and protect us; May the Lord's face radiate with joy because of us; May He be gracious to us, show us His favour and give us His peace. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Hold O'er my being Absolute sway! Fill with Thy Spirit Till all shall see, Christonly,alwaysLivinginme! (Adelaid Pollard, 1907)
  22. 22. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 23 SCOPE OF THE BOOK PART I
  23. 23. PART I: SCOPE OF THE BOOK Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! Thy wings shall my petition bear To Him whose truth and faithfulness Engage the waiting soul to bless. And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His Word and trust His grace, I'll cast on Him my every care, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer! (William Walford, a blind preacher 1845) 1. Introduction Lord Jesus commanded the apostles to wait in prayer for the filling of the Holy Spirit before attempting an expansion of the kingdom of God. They waited in prayer and in the fullness of time the Pentecost had come and their tongues were energized by the power of the Holy Spirit. Apostle Peter became a fiery preacher, whose message of the crucified Christ pricked the heart of onlookers. On seeing their faith, Lord Jesus granted repentance and forgiveness. This became the order of the day in the life time of the Apostles. Lord Jesus said that we should ask for the Holy Spirit. Many soul winners followed this instruction. They emphasized the fact that we must obtain fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit repeatedly to have a perceptible growth in the life of Christ and subsequent witnessing to win souls. Our Lord Jesus prayed for every born-again child in the High Priestly Prayer saying, "I pray for those who are going to
  24. 24. 26 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus believeinMethroughthem."ThuseverychildofGodisexpected to witness effectively so that some would definitely be born- again through each one's personal witness. Herein lies the true satisfaction of all the children of God. When souls are saved, Godisglorified. The Apostles resorted to prayer and preaching of the Gospel.As they were steadfast in this way signs and wonders accompanied them. They did first things first in proper order. They spent enough time at the foot of the Cross to obtain the life of God in Christ to grow in the new life. Then, they naturally became witnesses to Lord Jesus. Let us observe that obtaining the very life of Christ is in proportion to making space for it by the removal of power of sin. In this book prayers that deal with sin of our heart are compiled. The main content of the book is devoted to pray for our selfish sinful nature with a view to possess the life of Christ. The corruption of the flesh is dealt by humble prayers followed by the development of Christian temper. While praying in this way we are mysteriously filled by the Holy Spirit of God as we allow Him to nullify the power of sin. It is our faith that Our loving Lord Jesus will provide enough opportunities to reach out the perishing souls and to preach the Gospel successfully with definite results, to those who conduct their life in the way of prayer. All prayers in this book preserve the spirit of humility since the author of Christianity described Himself as the meek and the lowly. Humility flourishes when the first preference in prayer is an honest confession of personal sin. Pride makes it difficult to pray. The Bible says, God gave up the world to sinful passions. Will they come to God automatically? Jesus said, "How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!" 14. So
  25. 25. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 27 straightaway we see the need for prayer to turn the sinful world to Christ. You may find the prayers of this Book heavy. The fact of the matter is that there has to be a travail before souls are saved. God's Word says, "No sooner is Zion in labour, than she gives birth to her Children".15 So, prayer transforms us like magnets and the unsaved sinners as iron pieces. Our forefathers amidst severe adverse circumstances prevailed by faith and prayer. God's Son and the Holy Spirit are engaged in groaning and intercessory prayers. Anointing is proportional to the travailing prayer. Faith in Lord Jesus and the prayer inspired by faith and love will bring in the anointing to accomplish the expansion of the Kingdom of God.Hallelujah! “Thepotencyofprayerhassubduedthestrengthoffire; it has bridled the rage of lions, hushed anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued citiesfromdestruction,stayedthesuninitscourse...Itis theroot,thefountain,themotherofathousandblessings.” - St. Chrysostom. 1.1 The Purpose of the Written Prayers ThewisestKingSolomonsaid,"Don'tshootoffyourmouth, or speak before you think". Further we are told in the Word of God: "Prepare your confession and come back to God. Pray to Him, Take away our sin, accept our confession. Receive as restitution our repentant prayers" 16 Therefore, we see the need for well-prepared prayers. Words are seeds having a tree in them. Extempore prayers
  26. 26. 28 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus withoutthespiritandtheapplicationofthemindareequivalent tobabbling.Writtenprayerswillbringforththeexpectedharvest. With affectionate heart involvement, the prayers are efficient. OrganizingourthoughtswithaproperprotocoltoapproachGod is acceptable to God. In fact, God has given every blessing to each believer in Christ on the day we are born-again. But, as we can see in our experience, all of God's blessings are not within our reach. But only by earnest prayers manifestations of those blessings will be made visible in the physical world for our enjoyment. We should note that by prayer, we are not attempting to alter the good plan of God. But if we are more prayerful, we can fit ourselves into His current thoughts and ways easily. 1.2 The Goal of this Book The power of the Pentecost is available on this earth right now to give us the Apostles blessing, if we follow the way of prayer and revelation of Christ by the Holy Spirit. God ordained that the promise of the book of Joel of out- pouring of the Holy Spirit shall be realized through those who enjoy Christ Jesus by being in constant touch17 . Let us note that Lord Jesus while living on this earth delighted in God through prayer. Ministry and preaching were like a drop in the ocean of prayer for Our Lord Jesus. The goal of this book is to imitate Christ in all spheres with the life energized by the Spirit of Christ. It is strongly believed that if Prayer Life is ordered well then all will be in correct proportions. The Break-through in life is when a Christian obtains the spirit of prayer, like that of Christ.
  27. 27. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 29 1.3 How to use this Book ? Itisnotenoughtoreadthisbook.Jesusdemandedthatmen oughttoprayatalltimesandnotfaint.Prayerisbreathingtothe innerman.Tillyoubecomeproficientinprayer,youmayusethis book.Theaimistoachievethegoalofdialoguetypeofprayers. 1.3.1 A Daily Routine 1. Singthreesongsinyourlanguage. 2. Pray daily using Part II through Part IV. 3. Read the Bible at least one chapter a day systematically. The Holy Spirit is highly pleased and happy when songs are sung. Do everything in the power of the Holy Spirit. Avoid being overwhelmed either by prayers or the large amount of information. Remember that we are engaging with the person of Christ, who is in the invisible world. All the saints of old, by faith prayed meaningfully believing in the living presence of Christ. We should not insist on the physical manifestation of Christ. In order not to become mechanical, pausing for few minutes (selah) is suggested after every prayer. 1.3.2 A Weekly Routine Make a book study of the Bible weekly once. Martin Luther suggested that we underline the word "faith" in the book of Romans and look at all those verses once every day. 1.3.3 Yearly Schedule Resort to peaceful places to wait upon the Lord, as often as possible. Allocate long duration to wait on the Lord once in every year.
  28. 28. 30 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 1.4 The Preaching It is better to preach systematically from what is soaked in prayer. In a week a preacher must read one devotional book besideshearingmessagesfromclassicandpuritanwriters.You canvisitthewebsitewww.sermonaudio.comforaudiomessages andwww.ccel.orgforclassicalwritings.Fixyourselfwithstandard preachers such as C. H. Spurgeon, John Owen etc. 1.5 A Caution Everyone must be found more in prayer than reading. Let not mind be crowded by the material available on the Internet. Set small goals which you can accomplish. Let the speed be slow but steady and consistent. Take caution against making resolutions to live in a particular way. Give ample place for the leading of the Holy Spirit. He loves to lead and guide us in all matters. Keep watch on whether you are acquiring the "knowledge"orthe"lifeofChrist".Notethatthe"knowledge"is predominantlythetooloftheDevil. Never attempt anything new without praying for a week. Faithfully attend to daily routines. Don't imitate somebody's style of preaching. Be original. Forgive yourself. Do not be too strict with others. Forgive others freely. Discover the particular gift of the Holy Spirit and make all the arrangements to develop it. Be careful with words that you utter because they are like seeds having a potential of growing into a large tree. The Devil waters all bad words, and on the other hand the Holy Spirit flourishes good words. So make it a point to speak good words through out the day. Don't waste time and be lazy. Don't over work like a workaholic.18 Make a list of people whom you know. Segregate the list
  29. 29. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 31 intotwoparts:(1)thepeoplewhoneedthesalvationand(2)the people who are already saved. Don't miss out on your enemies and those who hurt you, because your best is hidden in them. Mentionthesenamesappropriatelyasindicatedinthebookand pray. 1.6 The Conviction about the Prayer Read more on prayer. Prayer is a hard work. Read one chapter on prayer every day from the collection of E. M. Bounds. The Bible recorded, "After Job had interceded for his friends, God restored his fortune and then doubled it!" Jesus said, "Here's what I want you to do: find a quiet, secluded place. Shift your focus from you to God and begin to sense His grace. Pray simply and He will reward you openly." 19 Let us recognize the utmost importance of prayer. Lord Jesus revealed to Peter that to escape from the trap of Satan, he needs to depend upon Jesus' intercession and pray by himself. Such prayer will alone strengthen faith. Prayer need to be made night and day earnestly and continually to get the supply of God for what is lacking in our faith. The Apostles prayed to God that they will not do anything wrong. They prayed for the eyes of heart to be enlightened that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen with power through His Spirit the inner being so that Christ may dwell in heart through faith. They prayed for being rooted and established in love. So, we need to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. We need to be alert and always keep on praying. Prayer alone makes the messenger oftheGospeltoopenhismouthandwordswillbegivensothat
  30. 30. 32 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus hewillfearlesslymakeknownthemysteryoftheGospel. Prayer makes us live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. When we pray, God will open a door for our message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, and our God will count us worthy of His calling and by His power He will fulfill every good purpose for us. Prayer makes the name of our Lord Jesus to be glorified in us, and He in us, according to the grace of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer makes the message of our Lord to spread rapidly and be honoured. By prayer we will be delivered from wicked and evil men. So we must continually ask God for help. Prayer makes us to be active in sharing our faith so that we will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. By prayer we are delivered from trouble. Prayer heals our sickness. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Prayer makes us to enjoy good health and that all willgowellwithusandoursoulprospers.Sofinaladviceofthe BibleistobuildupinthemostholyfaithandprayingintheHoly Spirit. Bibleverses20 1.7 Our Lord's Message "I will turn things around... I will give them a language undistorted, unpolluted, words to address God in worship. They will come praying. You'll no longer have to be ashamed of all those acts of rebellion. Be happy! Celebrate! God has reversed His judgments against you and sent
  31. 31. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 33 your enemies off chasing. God is happy to have you back, he'll calm you with his love and delight you. The accustomed sorrows will dissipate. I will get rid of them for you. I'll get rid of all those who've made your life miserable. You'll be famous and honoured all over the world. God's promise". Zeph. 3:8ff. 1.8 The Author's Desire God willing, I cherish to be in touch with you as you endeavour to become like Christ in prayer life. If you are blessed through this humble book and can share your testimony through e-mail, I will have the opportunity to pray meaningfully for you. I would like to pray for you because I hope to have you as a star in my crown in heaven. 1.9 Praying in the Spirit The mandate of the Bible is to pray in the Spirit on all the occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. 21 Man is capable of uttering anything before the Almighty God, having fabricated his desires in the normal thinking process. If we pray like this, then, we are taking all the trouble of flying into heaven and placing our requests before God, which we know, is an impossible task. Apostle Paul in the Book of Ephesians, explained that the mid air is occupied by principalities, powers and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.22 They can easily prevent human voice unless empowered by a greater power than them. Lord Jesus having offered His own blood by the Eternal Spirit poured out the Sevenfold Spirit on all flesh, so that, man will have easy and free access to Heaven. So with simple
  32. 32. 34 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus faithonLordJesus,ifweaskforthehelptheHolySpirit,itisnot refused. Praying in the spirit is like sitting in a space shuttle and flying into Heaven to post our requests. It is called Holy ease. So let us seek the help of the Holy Spirit to pray in the spirit. 1.9.1 APrayer for the help of the Holy Spirit HolySpiritofGod,comeintonguesoflivingflametoenergise my tongue to pray in the spirit uniting my mind withYou.All- powerfulasthemightywind,Come.OBlessedHolySpirit,impart Your sweet influence. O Lord God, give me good temper to makethestayoftheHolySpiritinmyheartcomfortable.MayI take care of Him as my beloved guest. OBlessedSpiritofGod,helpmetohearYourgentlevoice, soft as the breath of even that checks each thought, that calms each fear. May You be pleased to reveal Lord Jesus and His power in the Heaven and on the earth. I acknowledge thatYou alonepossessallvirtuesandbyYoualoneeveryvictoryiswon, andYoualonehavethoughtsofholiness. OSpiritofpurityandgrace,seemyweaknessesandpitiable condition. I know thatYou have come inside of my heart to rid me of my fears, troubles and tears. You have come to tell me abouttheexaltedstatusofmyLordJesus.Youalonecanimpart comfort to my soul. You are given to me to adorn the body of Christwithglory.YouarewithinmetoimpartallofChristtome. Be pleased O Lord, to set up the Kingdom of Love in my heart. Please carry outYour work in me in realizable form. Breatheonme,OBreathofGod.Fillmewithlifeanewthat I may love what You love and do what You would like to do. BreatheonmeOLord,untilmyheartispureandmywillisone withYoutoworkandtoendure.MakemewhollyYoursuntilmy earthlypartglowswithYourfiredivine.Helpme,OLord,tolive
  33. 33. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 35 theperfectlifeofEternity. Lord Jesus, like the beloved John the Apostle, may I be in the spirit to see You by faith. Protect me from all distractions. May my faith be active to see You, because seeing is my happiness. O Spirit of God, make me grasp secret things of God. Open, O Lord, rivers in high places and fountains in the midst of valleys. Make my wilderness a pool of water and my dry land a spring of water. Plant Cedars, Shittah tree, the Myrtle and the Olive tree in my wilderness. Set in my desert the fir tree, the pine and the box tree together. O Lord, I am without the living energy and devoid of strength. I have dried up without abundance. Let Pishon and Gihon flow. Let the fruit of Love flourish in me. By Your grace, O Lord, the fire of the Holy Spirit melt my heart. Burn the sinful chaff in me. O Lord God, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and remove all the curses from my life. Help me, O Lord, to taste the love of Lord Jesus by growing in faith. For Jesus sake, Amen. Sweet secret prayer, comfort divine, There, O my Lord, I know Thou art mine; Great Master, there in secret with Thee, Heaven comes nearer and nearer to me. Blessings attend and follow us there; Heaven comes nearer and nearer in prayer. Sweet secret prayer, comfort divine, There do Thine arms, Lord, round me entwine;
  34. 34. 36 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus Riversofloveandmercythereflow, Balm for all sorrow that mortal can know. Sweet secret prayer, comfort divine, There do I feel I truly am Thine; Heav'n's windows open, Jesus is near, Near to my soul, and the Father will hear. (Charles H. Gabriel, 1922) selah
  35. 35. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 37 THE CONFESSIONS AND THANKSGIVING PART II
  36. 36. PART II: THE CONFESSIONS ANDTHANKSGIVING 2. The Development of the Inward Life Marvelous,infinite,matchlessgrace, Freely bestowed on all who believe! You that are longing to see His face, WillyouthismomentHisgracereceive? Grace, grace, God's grace, Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, grace, God's grace, Grace that is greater than all our sin. (Julia Johnston, 1910) 2.1 Introduction The development of inner life is obtaining the forgiveness and the removal of power of sin. The first step in the improvement of life is through confessions. We must plead for the blood of Christ to be applied by the Holy Spirit. Christ will come and comfort us, if we pray for our sinful nature to be subdued. He likes to assist us by the Holy Spirit in ordering inner life if we believe His promise and come to Him. All His glory and beauty are revealed from within. He
  37. 37. 40 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus delights to be within us for the singular purpose of dealing with sin. His visits are frequent and He brings sweet conversations, pleasant comfort, great peace and exceedingly wonderful friendship. Let us open our heart to Christ. He will meet all our needs. He doesn't change His loving attitude towards us even when we have failed miserably. He wants our honest confession. 2.2 The Bible on the Believer's repentance Note 23 1. Jesus said, "Are you tired? worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with Me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." 2. "Now listen, daughter, don't miss a word: forget your country, put your home behind you. Be here - the king is wild for you. Since he's your Lord, adore Him." 3. Glorified Jesus said, "Up on your feet! Take a deep breath! May be there's life in you yet. But I wouldn't know it by looking at your busywork; nothing of God's work has been completed. Your condition is desperate. Think of the gift you once had in your hands, the Message you heard with your ears - grasp it again and turn back to God."
  38. 38. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 41 4. "Do you think I take any pleasure in the death of wicked men and women?" asks the Lord. "Of course not! I only want them turn around, no longer live wrong but living right - really living." 5. "There's more joy in heaven over one sinner's rescued life. God's angels throw a party in heaven when every time one lost soul turns to God." 6. "God was in Christ, restoring the world to Himself, no longer counting men's sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message." 7. Jesus answered them, "It is the sick who need a doctor, not those in good health. My purpose is to invite sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think themselves already good enough." Bible verses 24 2.3 The Remission for the Sins Let us believe what the Bible says. Let us take time to read thesixteenthchapterofLeviticusslowly.Notethatevenasingle sin can't be dealt by human effort or resolution. God alone can solve this biggest puzzle. The Bible boldly declared, God sent Jesus to take away sins of penitent and grant holiness which perfectly satisfies the whole economy of God, the heaven and theangels." 25 a) God is there and present: There is a penalty for the intrusion into "the Holy Place" behind the veil thoughtlessly.TheArk with commandments of
  39. 39. 42 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus GodandthemercyseatarelocatedintheHolyPlace. TheHoly God is present in the cloud above the place of mercy seat. b) The Blood for the Holy Place: Here are the conditions for entering the Holy Place: The High Priest must bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. He shall make atonement for himself and his family. He shall bring some of the blood of the young bull and sprinkle it with his finger upon the east side of the mercy place and then seven times in front of it. He must smear the blood of the young bull and the goat on the horns of the altar and sprinkle the blood upon the altar seven times with his finger thus cleansing it from the sinfulness of Israel and making it holy. c) The Confession of all sins : The priest shall bring the live goat and laying both hands upon its head, confess over it all the sins. He shall lay all their sins upon the head of the goat and send it into the desert. d) The Inference: The procedures given in the Old Testament with regard to animal sacrifices have a clear message. Now the animal blood is replaced with the blood of Christ. One should not think that the blood shed on the Cross by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ had dried up on the mountains of Golgotha in the country of Israel. The Bible says, it is offered to God by the eternal Spirit and does exist in His presence. By faith we must acknowledge this. Only the Holy Spirit can apply the blood of Christ on all those who plead for it.
  40. 40. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 43 2.3.1 The Blood of Jesus and the Forgiveness 1. "When the Messiah arrived, high priest of superior things of this new covenant, He bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven's "tent" - the true Holy Place - once and for all. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead used His own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behaviour, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God." 2. "If we claim we are free from sin, we're only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins, he won't let us down; He'll be true to Himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we've never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God - make a liar out of Him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God." 3. "The sacrificed blood of Jesus, God's Son, purges all our sin." 4. "A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance." "A tender hearted
  41. 41. 44 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus person lives a blessed life; a hard hearted person lives a hard life." Bible verses 26 . 2.3.2 A Prayer for the Forgiveness of Daily Sins "Rock ofAges, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy riven side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure - Savefromitsguiltandpower" (Augustus Toplady, 1763). O Blessed Spirit of God, You have revealed that the blood of Jesus Christ is a sweet aroma to the Lord God. You have said that the life is in the blood and it is given to make atonement for my soul. But if I do not wash my sins in the blood I shall bear my guilt. O Lord God, may I not be foolish to ignore Your free offer. O Lord, You want me to be Holy as You are Holy. You have said that I am the Lord that sanctify You and You have also said that I must sanctify myself. So, O Lord, I plead for the blood of Christ to sactify me that I may not die under the burden of sin. Lord Jesus, I thank You for allowing Yourself willingly to be torn to give Your blood for me. I acknowledge that Your blood alone removes the stains of my sins. Your blood is my medicine, a living fountain. Your blood alone provides atonementformysinsanditismypeace,destroyerofmycurses and provides victory. Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the
  42. 42. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 45 cross as my substitute.Your blood keeps me on the bossom of theHeavenlyFather.MyredemptionisinYourblood.Yourblood pacifies the wrath of God. Thank You Lord Jesus, for Your blood provides great relief for my huge count of sins. You have destroyed the strength of sin by Your death on the Cross. Thank You Lord Jesus, for wearing the crown of thorns onYour head allowing Your hands and feet to be pierced by hard nails, and stabbing Your side by a spear for me. Thank You Lord Jesus, by believeing in You, I am relieved. Lord Jesus, now I come to You for the forgiveness of my fresh sins through confession. Be very very gracious to me, because of Your cruel death on the Cross. Amen. 2.3.3 A Prayer of Repentance [God wants only acknowledgment of sin to deal with the blood of Christ with the conviction of the Holy Spirit]. Almighty God, I do not know how to pray. Kindly grant the help of the Holy Spirit in my weakness. Blessed Spirit of God, aid me to pray in the spirit according to the Will of God and sprinkle the blood of Christ on me seven times. God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob, most mighty and glorious God! Full of incomprehensible power and majesty, whose glory the very heaven of heavens is not able to contain. Look down from heaven upon me, Your unworthy servant, who here prostrates at the footstool of Your throne of grace. Look upon me, O Heavenly Father, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, Your belovedSon,inwhomYouarewellpleased.Forofmyself,Iam notworthytostandinYourpresenceortospeakwithmyunclean lips to so holy a God asYou are.
  43. 43. 46 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus OGod,investigatemylife.Youknowallthefactsfirsthand. I am an open book to You. Even from a distance, You know whatIamthinking.YouknoweverythingIamgoingtosayeven beforeIstartthefirstsentence.Youarebehindme,aheadofme. O Lord God, I cannot avoidYour Spirit. I cannot go out ofYour sight.Youareeverywhere,inthesky,intheunderground,inthe western horizon. Before I reach a place,You are already there waiting.Youhaveseenmeinthedarkplaces.Evenatthickdark nightIamimmersedinYourlight. O God, I acknowledge that every sin dishonoursYou.You willshowYourangeronallsinfromheaven.WhenIdoanyact, Icaneasilyknowwhetheritissinfulorholy,because,Youhave givenmethedicernment. My confusion is the result of my sinful acts. I acknowledge that enough of confusion is there in me, which is an indication that I have done lot of sins. I know that I am let out of Your hand by every sin in degrees. I don't want to continue in the same path, O Lord. I also know that I cannot help myself and the remedy is in Christ only. So, I humbly confess my sins, O Lord. Blessed Spirit of God reveal to my heart and mind, where and how I have dishonoured the Heavenly Father, and my Lord Jesus Christ. Kindly reveal also how and where I have broken Your holy commandments by sinful motions, unclean thoughts, evil words and wicked works, and how I have omitted those duties which You required for Your service and committed those vices whichYou, under the penalty ofYour displeasure, forbidden. [Here you may confess to God your secret sins] O Lord God, to know thatYou are fully aware of my sinful
  44. 44. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 47 natureisagreatreliefforme.Youshapedme.Youformedmein my mother's womb. My body and soul are Your handiwork. I am marvelously made.You know every bone in my body.You know exactly how I was made. You watched me grow from conception to birth, all the stages of my life. All my days are prepared byYou, even before I lived one day.ThankYou, Lord Jesus, for carrying me inYour arms, like a father carries a child onhisshoulders.IacknowledgethatYouhavetakenallmysinful burdensonYourselflovinglyandwillingly. Oh triune God, I am fully responsible for all my faults. O Lord, my fresh sins have burdened my conscience. So, Lord, I do here with grief of heart confess toYou. I recognize that for these of my sins, I have provoked the anger of the Lord God andamguiltyofcurses.Iacknowledgethatduetomydailysins I am in the position of attracting all the miseries of this life. My sinsmademylifewretched,miserable,blind,nakedandpoor.If You deal with me according to my sins, then I cannot stand. Lord, therefore I confess. OGod,IappealtoYourgenerouslove.InYourhugemercy wipeoutmybadrecord.Scrubawaymyguilt.Soakoutmysins inYourlaundry.IknowhowbadIhavebeen.Mysinsarestaring at me. I acknowledge that I have violated You and offended You grievously by every time I had sinned. You have seen it all, the full extent of my evil. You have all the facts before You. Whatever You decide about me is fair. I acknowledge that each of my sin made me out of step with You. O Lord, since You are after the truth, I beg You to penetrate in the place where sin is residing, my very heart andconceiveanewlife.MakemewhiteassnowasYoupromised through the prophet Isaiah27 .Tune me withYour songs. Set my bones which are broken due to sin. Don't look too close for my
  45. 45. 48 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus blemishes.OLord,givemehealthwhichIlostduetoeatingthe forbidden tree. Kindly, don't throw me with the trash. Do not fail to breathe holiness on me. I know, O Lord God, Your mercy endures for ever and Your compassion never fails. That is why I have not been long ago consumed. I know that with You there is plenteous redemption. O God, make a fresh start in me and shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. O Lord, take me again into Your hands. Thank You, O Lord God, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen Believe God's Word: "If your sins are blood-red, they'll be snow-white. If they're red like crimson, they'll be like wool." Isa 1:18 Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." Mark 5:34 2.4 The Death of Sin by the Holy Spirit All my life was wrecked by sin and strife, Discord filled my heart with pain, Jesus swept across the broken strings, Stirred the slumbering chords again. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Sweetest name I know Fills my every longing, Keeps me singing as I go. (Luther Bridgers, 1910) "DidsinkillmyLordandSaviour!ThenIwillkillsin." (C. H. Spurgeon). "Bekillingsin,otherwisesinwillkillyou."(JohnOwen).
  46. 46. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 49 1. "Our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin" 28 "If we get included in Christ's sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life - no longer at sin's every beck and call!." 2. "The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead ...will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you." "Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what He is doing. And God isn't pleased at being ignored. Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in them - living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God." 3. "Through the power of the Holy Spirit you crush evil deeds, you shall live." "But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of Him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won't know what we're talking about. But for you who
  47. 47. 50 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus welcome Him, in whom He dwells - even though you still experience all the limitations of sin - you yourself experience life on God's terms. It stands to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, He'll do the same thing in you that He did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you, you are delivered from that dead life. With the Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's." Bibleverses29 2.4.1 APrayer for the Mortification of the Flesh i) A Solemn Reality of the Corruption of the Flesh O God, Lord of all things, You in Christ Jesus, have manifested Yourself out of Your love. When I believed in the finished work of the cross, You were gracious enough to save me. Thank You, Lord Jesus for making me leave that old country of sin and joining me with the new country of holiness with all the saints of the Old Testament and the New Testament. O Lord God, though my old self is dead by union with the death of Jesus, yet I perceive that I have the body of sin. I understood by Paul's experience that sin lives in every member of my body and sin is the greatest burden than all troubles and trials. Lord Jesus as perYourWord, I acknowledge that my heart isafreefountainofpollution.Myheartandmyfleshareindwelt andinfectedbyobscenities,lust,thefts,murders,adulteries,greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander,
  48. 48. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 51 arrogance,foolishnessandsuchlike.Somearevisiblebutsome are hidden. They are like vomit from my heart. Knowingly and unknowinglytheyarefumingoutthroughmylife.Satanistaking everyopportunitythroughthelaw,andthus,mysinispreventing me to do the good work of the Holy Spirit. I acknowledge O Lord,thatIhaveindulgedinlustfuldeedswithlustfuleyes.The moreIdigmyheart,themoredirtofsiniscomingout.BythisI amgettingspoiled.NegligenceistakingmeoverandIamdoing theworkswhichIamnotsupposedtodo.Iamputtingmyhands inthehandsofthekingoftheDevils. So, blessed Spirit of God, kindly purge out my heart by the power of the blood of Christ. I come before You with thanksgiving and request You, O Lord, to drive out all my bad habits which I have acquired by the old self. Thus help me make room for the life-saving resurrection power of Christ. O Lord, grant me utmost self-control on my personal enemies which John the beloved cited in his first epistle: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. O Lord, help me not to let sin, Satan and the world to tell me what to do in life. Let me not give time of the day to sin. Let me not run even little errands in the old way of life. O Lord God, may I be full-time available to You. Thus, O Lord, teach me doing things in the Holy Spirit's way whole heartedly in the freedom of Christ. O Lord, help me to drive out the bond woman which is born according to the flesh that it may not persecute the new man, who is born according to the promise. Lord according to Your Word, let the elder serve the younger. OLord,delivermefrommyinclinationstosin.Bythedeath ofChristsubduethepowerofsininme.OLord,mayIfeelYour Spirit more and more killing my sin, in the power and practice thereof, so that this day I may with more freedom of mind and
  49. 49. 52 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus liberty of will serveYou. O Lord, bring me back from my gray exile,putafreshwindinmysails.OLord,givemegrace,thatby thedirectionandtheassistanceoftheHolySpirit,Imaypersevere tobeYourfaithfulservanttomylife'sendforJesussake,Amen. Within my heart, O Lord, fulfill; The purpose of Thy death and pain, That all may know Thou livest still; In blood-washed hearts to rule and reign. O Savior, by Thy bleeding form; The world is crucified to me; Thy loving heart, so rent and torn, ThysufferingbidsmesharewithThee. (Herbert Booth, 1886) ii) The Denial of Self O Lord God, I have proved in my life, offering to sin is my last free act. Now having realized my mistake I offer to the ways of God which is my true freedom. O Lord God, may I be given grace to listen to my new master, the Christ and submit to the Holy Spirit whole heartedly and not to again come under the law of sin and death. Lord Jesus, You have said that I must deny myself to follow You. Lord, the power of sin in my flesh keep sabotaging my best intentions. So, obviously I need Your help, O Lord. I acknowledge that I have no power to deal withevenonesinglesin.Theprocessoffailingandrepentinghas becomeacycle.Itishappeningregularly.ThemomentIdecide todogood,sinistheretotrapme.ThoughIdelightinthepraise, theprayer,andtheBiblestudy,allofmeisnotjoiningmeinthat
  50. 50. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 53 delight.Partsofmecovertlyrebel,andwhenIleastexpect,they take charge. So I needYou, O Blessed Spirit of God, to break and dissolve the vicious circle of sin by the Cross. Ihavetried,OLord,everythingandnothingreallyhelped.I am at the end of my rope. So I look toYou, O Christ my Lord. Give me the help of the Holy Spirit. I acknowledge that You alonehavethewaytosetthingsrightinthislifeofcontradictions. OLord,IwanttoserveYouwithallmyheartandmind,butIam pulledbytheinfluenceofsintodosomethingtotallydifferent. Lord God, thankYou, forYour determination to solve this sinproblembysendingChrist.Lord,IneedtheverylifeofChrist formyinnermantodowhatYoucommanded.Letthenewpower beinoperation,OLord.LetthebuoyantSpiritofLifeinChrist, like a strong wind free me from time to time from the brutal tyranny of the law of sin and death. O Lord, let not the Law fracturemynewselfanymore.OLord,givemegracetoembrace whattheHolySpiritisdoinginsideofmeinmynewspirit.Help me not to redouble my human effort with moral muscle. Help me, O Lord, to trust the Holy Spirit's action in me. May I pay attentiontoYourdealingssothatYoumayleadmeintoanopen, spacious free life. O Lord, help me to ignore the self and pay attention to whatYou are doing inside of me. O Lord, though at present, I am experiencing all the limitations due to sin in my flesh, may I devote myself to obtain the life of Christ, through the worship, the prayer and the meditation of Your blessed Word. May I trust and focus that the way the Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead, I will also be raised steadily by the mortification of sin in my flesh. Breathe on me, O Blessed Spirit of God, to be delivered frommydeadlifethatthebodyofsinmaybedoneawayasalive
  51. 51. 54 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus toChrist.Helpme,OLord,togiveadecentburialtotheoldlife and get along with the new life in my Christ. Make me adventurouslyexpectagreatlife.LetYourSpirittouchmyspirit, O Lord, and keep confirming to me who I am in Christ. Let me gothroughlifeasChristJesusconductedinthisearthlylife.Though noweverythingseemhardyetImayhumblygothroughwithmy Christ. What shall I, who am not worthy of Your grace, say before You? O merciful God, it is owing to Your love I yield myself, with my whole will, senses and the mind unto Your grace, and fly to Your mercy. I call upon You through Your death, from the new spark of life in me. I take hold of Your promise that You will not quench the smoking flax. I have no other way but by Your own bitter death and passion I sink the desire of my soul down into Your death into the gate of Your death, which You broke open. In the meantime, O Lord, while it is Your blessed Will and pleasure that I may continue to spend the small number of my days which You have appointed for me to live for Christ, teach me to number them that I may apply my heart unto wisdom. As You add days unto my life, so, good Lord, I beg You, add the repentance and the amendment to my days, that as I grow in years, I may increase in grace and favour with You and all the people. Unbutton my lips dear God to break forth into praise. Give me the job of teaching rebelsYourwayssothatthelostcanfindtheirwaytoYourhome. And to this end, O Lord, give unto me a supply of all those graces which are wanting in me, and necessary for me, with an increase of all those good gifts wherewith You have already endowed me so that I may be enabled to lead a godly life in honest conversation, thatYour name may be glorified, others
  52. 52. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 55 maytakegoodexamplebyme,andmysoulmaymorecheerfully be fed on the peace of a good conscience, and be more replenishedwiththejoyoftheHolyGhost.Iaskallthesefavours inthehighlyexaltednameofmyLordandSaviourJesusChrist with thanksgiving, fully believing that I have received all that I have prayed. I thank You, O Lord God, through Lord Jesus, Amen. Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly, While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high. Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past; Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last. Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin; Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within. Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee; Spring Thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity. (Charles Wesley,1740) 2.5 The Leading of the Holy Spirit Lord, I would place my hand in Thine, Nor ever murmur nor repine; Content, whatever lot I see, Since 'tis my God that leadeth me. He leadeth me, He leadeth me, By His own hand He leadeth me; His faithful follower I would be, For by His hand He leadeth me.
  53. 53. 56 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom, SometimeswhereEden'sflowersbloom, By waters still, over troubled sea, Still'tisHishandthatleadethme. (Joseph Gilmore, 1862) 2.5.1 APrayer for the Leading of the Holy Spirit i) A Desire to be led by the Holy Spirit O Breath of the great love of God, quicken, I beseechYou, myweakbreath,thatitmaybegintohungerandthirstafterYou andobtainthelifeofChristtobeledbyYou.MayYourlifeinme manifesttopursuetheslainLambofGodwithHolyease.MayI adventurouslyfollowChristeveninhardtimes,OLord.Instruct me, Lord Jesus, by Your Holy Spirit to take each step in Your way. May I valueYour thoughts as infinitely precious than my best thoughts and plans. O Lord, guide me withYour counsel. Above all I requestYou, O Spirit of God, to grant me a willing mindtoacceptYourleadingjoyfullyandlovingly. Help me O Lord, to perceive thatYou are holding my right hand.MayInotentertainanyfearasperYourcommandsothat ImayseeYourhelpinghand.MayIenjoythehappinessofhaving GodofJacobasmyhelper.Standbyme,OLordandstrengthen metowalkwithYou. O Lord, I became poor and needy by walking in my own way. Make haste to me. Lord do not delay. May I take refuge in the shadow ofYour wings with deep trust inYou, as You make preparations to sendYour help . O God, help me, for I rest on You. May I go into the world along with the Lord of Hosts.You are my God, help me not to leaveYour hand. O Lord, may I be conscious of Your divine presence and
  54. 54. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 57 recognize the angel ofYour presence going before me. May I enjoythesurerestthatfollows.IacknowledgethatonlybyYou I can run against a troop and leap over a wall. InYour presence is fullness of joy and pleasures for evermore. Honour, majesty, strength and gladness are the marks of Your presence. So, O Lord, may I not forsakeYour presence. Lord Jesus, I acknowledge thatYou are more than inclined to lead me in my life journey. I acceptYour leading. FromYour Word, I understood that You do not want to loose me. Thank You, Lord Jesus. "In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling" 30 Blessed Spirit of God, make me good to please the Lord Jesus, so that You may lead me into my abundance. Send Your comfort and encouragement not to stray away from the path of my Lord Jesus. O Blessed Spirit of God, make me strong and courageous to be led by You. Give me discernment and wisdom to be able to perceive Your leading and stay with it. Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies and make straight Your way before me. Teach me Your way, O Lord. Since You are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of Your name lead and guide me. Above all, O Spirit of God, lead me to Christ. Teach me to do Your Will, forYouaremyGod.MayYourgoodSpirit,OLord,leadmeon the level ground for Jesus sake,Amen. ii) An Intense Desire O Lord God,You have said through the prophet Isaiah, "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
  55. 55. 58 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." 31 So, O Blessed Spirit of God, be pleased to fulfill this promise in Christ for me. O enlighten my spirit, that I may see the divine path,andwalkinitcontinually. O Lord, take that away from me, which always turns me away from You and give me that which always turns me to You. Take me wholly from myself and let me give myself wholly to Yourself. O let me begin nothing, let me will, think and do nothing without You. O Lord, indeed I am not worthy of that which I desire of You. I pray, let the desire of my soul dwell but in the gates of Your courts. Make me but a servant of Your servants, O Lord. O preserve me from the horrible pit from departing from You wherein there is no comfort or refreshment. O Lord, lead me not into temptation. Blessed Spirit of God, may I evaluate every spirit that comes through false people which leads me away from the crucified Christ and live with watchfulness. Blessed Spirit of God, lead me more and more to the repentance and the confession of every sin. Stir up in me a true sorrow for the sins I have committed. O keep me in Your bonds and let me not escape from You lest the Devil sift me in my wicked flesh. O Lord God, may the Lamb of God at the center of the throne be my shepherd and lead me to the springs of the living water. May God wipe away every tear from my eyes. O quicken me in Your strength, O Lord, that my desire and will maybegintospringupandflourishanew.Ovanquisherofdeath and the wrath of God, overcome my "self". Break it's will and bruisemysoul,thatitmayfearbeforeYouandbeashamedofits ownwillbeforeYourjudgmentandthatitmayeverbeobedient to You. O Lord, take away its power, that it may will nothing withoutYou.OGod,theHolyGhostinChristmySaviour,teach
  56. 56. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 59 me,Ipray,whatIshoulddo.O,drawmeinChristtotheHeavenly Father and help me that now and from henceforward I may go forth from sin and vanity, and never any more enter into them again. O God in Christ Jesus, though I cannot see You with my naked eye, I acknowledge that You are near unto me. Let my Soul obtain a ray of Your sweet grace. I lie before You as a dying man, as a small spark, kindle it. O Lord, raise up the breath of my soul before You. Lord, I wait for Your promise which You have made, saying, as I live, I will not the death of a sinner, but that he shall turn and live. May I take time to behold the cross intently for long duration like Moses, the man of God. Lord, dissolve my grief so that I may listen to Your voice amidst trying circumstances. Blessed Spirit of God, help me to have full faith like Stephen and believe in the Lord Jesus to honour the holiness of Jehovah. My Redeemer, Lord Jesus, I wait for You, whose Word is Truth and Life. Amen. Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love. Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee. Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King. Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee. Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold. Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose. (Frances Havergal, 1874)
  57. 57. 60 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 2.6 Thanksgiving O Lord, I giveYou most humble and hearty thanks for all those blessings which ofYour goodness have bestowed upon me. I thankYou forYour free love, O Lord. According to Your eternal purpose, You have elected me beforethefoundationoftheworlduntosalvationinJesusChrist. You have created me afterYour own image, and have begun to restore in me which was lost in our first parents. Thank You Lord Jesus, for You have effectually called me, by the working of Your Spirit, in the preaching of the gospel, to the knowledge ofYour saving grace, and obedience to Your blessed will. O Lord God, thank You, for You have bought and redeemed me with the blood of Your only begotten Son, from the torments of hell, and from the thrall of Satan. You have by faith in Christ freely justified me, who am by nature the child of wrath. You have in good measure sanctified me by the Holy Spirit, and given me so large a time to repent, together with the means of repentance. I thank You likewise good Lord, for my life, health, wealth, food, raiment, peace, prosperity, and plenty.You have preserved me from all perils and dangers of my body and soul, and have brought me safe to the beginning of this day. Thank You O Lord God, through Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen. I stand amazed in the presence, Of Jesus the Nazarene, And wonder how He could love me, A sinner, condemned, unclean.
  58. 58. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 61 O how marvelous! O how wonderful! And my song shall ever be: O how marvelous! O how wonderful! Is my Savior's love for me! (Charles Gabriel, 1905) 2.7 Daily work Lord God,You have now awakened my body from sleep, so, I beseech You, awaken my soul from sin, and carnal security. You have caused the light of the day to shine in my bodily eyes. So good Lord, cause the light of Your Word and the Holy Spirit to illumine my heart. O Lord, give me grace to walk in all holy obedience before Your face this day and that I may endeavour to keep faith and a clear conscience towards You, and towards all men, in all my thoughts, words, and dealings. Good Lord, bless all my studies and actions which I shall take in hand this day, that they may tend to Your glory, the good of others, and the comfort of my own soul and conscience. O my God, keep Your servant, that I do no evil to myself and to any other, this day and let it be Your Blessed Will not to suffer the Devil nor his wicked angels, nor any of his evil members, or my malicious enemies, to have any power to do me hurt or violence. O Lord God, when I am alone, may I remember that my Heavenly Father is with me and may I enjoy the pleasure of it, and feed on the sense of the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus let my days be spent without murmuring against Christ at all circumstances, under a sense of thankfulness. Lord Jesus, when I fail, may I not take too much time to recover. Meet me, O Lord, in my failures. May I diligently
  59. 59. 62 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus attendtoreadingandprayerwithoutanyhesitation.Letmyprayer comebeforeYouasincense,andlettheliftingupofmyhandsbe asthemorningandtheeveningsacrifice. O Lord, let the eye ofYour holy providence watch over me for good and command Your Holy angels to pitch their tents round about me, for my defense and safety in my going out and coming in, asYou have promised. IntoYour hands, O Father, I do here commend my soul and body, my actions, and all that I have, to be guided, defended, and protected by You, being assured, that whatsoever is committed toYour custody cannot perish,norsufferanyhurtorharm.IfI,atanytimethisdayshall through frailty forgetYou, yet, Lord God, I begYou, in mercy remember me for Jesus sake,Amen. The Lord is King! I own His pow'r, His right to rule each day and hour; I own His claim on heart and will, AndHisdemandsIwouldfulfill. He claims my heart, to keep it clean, From all defiling taint of sin; He claims my will, that I may prove, How swift obedience answers love. Heclaimsmyhandsforactivelife, In noble deeds and worthy strife; He claims my feet, that in His ways, Imaywalkboldlyallmydays. He claims my lips, that purest word, In all my converse may be heard; My motives, passions, thoughts, that these, Myinnerlife,myKingmayplease. (Darly Terry, 1911)
  60. 60. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 63 2.8 The Healing O Lord God, I acknowledge that I have acquired many diseases by not paying attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit. But Your Word through the prophet Isaiah said " He (Jesus) was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed." 32 So, O Lord, I plead forYour mercytohealmybody,mindandemotions. Circumcise my heart, O Lord and heal me. Internal infections, BP, Diabetics and many more unknown diseases have taken their place within me. Whom can I go, O Lord? Which doctor can diagnose me? I am helpless, O Lord. Even many domestic food items are aggravating my disease including the common water. Lord Jesus, I beg you to heal my water and food and make them healthy. Hear my prayer and heal me, O Lord. Our forefathers called upon You, O Lord God, and You have healed them. I acknowledge, Lord Jesus, You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Send forth Your Word and heal me. May I be converted byYour Word and be healed. Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, for You are the one I praise. May I realize that You have healed me and I pray for its physical manifestation. Lord Jesus, Your Word said, "All over Syria, people brought to You all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and You healed them." 33 Will You not do the same for me, O Lord? O Lord, Your Word says that Abraham prayed and God healedAbimelech. The Lord God heard Hezekiah and healed the people. O Lord, I do not deserve to have You come under
  61. 61. 64 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus my roof. But just say aWord, and I will be healed.Allow me to touchYourcloak,sothatImaybehealed.OLord,givemefaith to be healed. Lord Jesus, in the same wayYou had compassion onthelargecrowdandhealedtheirsick,kindlyhavecompassion onme. LordJesus,rebukethedemon,thatistormentingme.Drive out the demons, and do not let the demons speak to me. Please Lord, come and putYour hands on me so that I will be healed andlive.HeavenlyFather,Ihumblyclaimhealingwiththanksgiving in the mighty Name of Lord Jesus, who died for me,Amen. Jesus, spotless lamb of God, You have bought me with Your blood. I would value nothing beside Jesus - Jesus the crucified! I am Yours and Yours alone. This I gladly, fully own. And in all my works and ways, Help me only seekYour praise. (James Deck, 2007) selah
  62. 62. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 65 PERSONAL PRAYERS PART III
  63. 63. PART III: PERSONAL PRAYERS 3 The First Love for Christ I am resolved to follow the Saviour, Faithful and true each day Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth, He is the living way. I will hasten to Him, Hasten so glad and free, Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee. (Palmer Hartsough, 1896) 3.1 Introduction If "Love for God" is deficient, then all will remain disorderly. If we cannot love our fellow-humans properly as we ought to, it is because we have problem in loving our God whole heartedly. So we need to recover immediately and begin to love the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 3.2 The Christ's voice 1. Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence. This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: Love others as well as
  64. 64. 68 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus you love yourself. These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them." 2. After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these? "Yes, Master, you know I love You." He then asked a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you really love Me?". "Yes, Master, you know I love You". Then he said it a third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was upset that he asked for the third time. 3. You have walked away from your first love - why? What's going on with you? Do you have any idea how far you've fallen? "Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I'm well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle." Bible verses 34 3.3 A Prayer for the First Love for Christ O God of Love, I beseechYou to grant me full recovery of Love to loveYou. Impress it into my soul and make me realize that my soul is inYour arms. O Sweet Love of God, I confess I am unclean beforeYou without love for Lord Jesus.Take away myuncleannessthroughthedeathofJesusandcarrythehunger andthirstofmySoulthroughYourdeathinYourresurrection,in Yourtriumph.OBlessedSpiritofGodcastmywholeself-hood down to the ground in the cross to love Jesus, the Christ totally. Let me be captivated by my Beloved's love. O God, may I experienceYour love as better than anything
  65. 65. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 69 else.MayIbefoundwhereYoutendYourflock.MayIsitunder Your shade to taste and savourYour delicious love. Lord Jesus, may my eyes be feasted by the visions and revelations ofYour Cross. May I see Your movement and catch up with it. May I listen toYour loving voice. O Lord, protect me from foxes and wolves. May I long forYou more and more. May I desireYou desperately. May I seek You till I find You. When I find You, may I embraceYou and talk toYou affectionately. May I listen toYour appreciation about me, O Lord. Breatheonme,OBlessedSpirit,Yourspicefragrance.May I not be found naked when Lord Jesus makes His appearance to me. May I be quick to recognize His foot steps. O Lord God, teachmetoadoreJesuswithelaboratedescriptions.MayIgrow inthesenseofbelongingwithLordJesus,angelsandheaven. OHighestLove,letmefeeltheout-pouredloveoftheHoly Spirit.OLordGod,maynotthepowerofsinquenchtheloveof the Holy Spirit. Inclose me in You. Keep me in You, so that I maynotdepartfromYou.FillmyhungerwiththeloveforLord Jesus. May I exercise boldness and confidence in approaching You. O Great Love, awaken your disappeared image in me, which, as to the Kingdom of Heaven disappeared in my father Adam, so as to loveYou better and better day by day. O Life and Power of the Deity, You have promised, "We will come to you, and make Our abode in you". So O Lord, let me feel Your residence in me. You have promised also, that Heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. Therefore, I now bring the desire of my soul into that promise. Blessed Spirit of God, increase in me my longing afterLordJesusbyfillingmewithYourLove. Strengthen me, O sweet Love, inYour strength. O quicken me in You, that my spirit may taste Your sweetness. O Sweet Love,IbeseechYouthroughthatlovewherewithYouovercame
  66. 66. 70 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus the anger of God and changed it into love and divine joy, I pray You,tochangetheangerinmysoulbythatsamegreatlove,that I may be comfortable to converse with Lord Jesus that my soul mayexercisedivineloveforeverincreasingly.Ochangemywill intoYourWill.BringYourobedienceintomydisobedience,that ImaybecomeobedientuntoYoutoprogressinloverelationship. O great love of Lord Jesus, I humbly fly toYou and bring thehungerofmysoulintoYourwoundsfromwhenceYoushed Your Holy Blood and quenched the anger with the love of the HolySpirit.QuickenmeinYourLifeandletmenotdepartfrom You. O my Noble Vine, I beseech You to give sap into me Your branch that I may bud and grow in Your strength and in Your essence of love. Beget in me true strength by Your strength. O Sweet love, enlighten my poor soul. Bring it into the right way. Destroy the will of the Devil and bring my body through the whole course of this world through the chamber of death into Your death and rest. I beseech You, be my willing and knowing, so that I may agree with You in all matters to walk with You in love. I yield myself wholly up to You. O Lord God, I bind my emotions to the love of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen. Master, no offering costly and sweet, May we, like Magdalene, lay at Thy feet; Yet may love's incense rise, sweeter than sacrifice, Dear Lord to Thee, dear Lord to Thee. (Edwin Parker, 1888) selah
  67. 67. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 71 4 The Baptism of the Holy Spirit All to Jesus I surrender, Lord,IgivemyselftoThee FillmewithThyloveandpower, Let Thy blessing fall on me. I surrender all, I surrender all All to Thee my blessed Saviour, Isurrenderall. (Judson Van de Venter, 1896) 4.1 Introduction Though we are born again, we must keep examining what manner of temperament we are of. The Christian spirit is developed by the agency of the Holy Spirit, resembling that of Christ. We must become spiritually minded and walk by faith. The proof of our spirituality is in the fear of God, affection to triune God, and following the Slain Lamb of God practically and courageously. With regard to ourselves we must possess humility and purity, temperance, contentment and patience. With regard to our fellow creatures, our Christian temper must display love, meekness, peaceableness, mercy, truth and candor in judging. There must be in our person the general qualifications such as sincerity, constancy, tenderness, zeal and prudence. 4.2 The Holy Spirit's Desire 1. "Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must
  68. 68. 72 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus be a new and different person, holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature." You learned Christ! And then take on an entirely new way of life - a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in You. 2. "Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord." 3. "Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure." 4. "Following after the Holy Spirit leads to life and peace. Simply embrace what Spirit is doing in us." Bible verses35 4.3 Prayer for the Mind and the Heart 1. "God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart." 36 2. "Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that's where life starts." 37 3. "The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out." 38 4. "Jesus said, what comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. From within, out of men's hearts come evil." 39
  69. 69. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 73 i) The Mind of Christ BlessedGod,IhumblyadoreYouforeverygoodandperfect gift.FromYou,therefore,Iseekeveryblessing,especiallythose which leads me to Yourself, and prepares me for the eternal enjoymentofYou.MayIknowwhatmannerofspiritandmind Iamof.IacknowledgethatIhaveaferociousangryspiritanda carnalmind. Blessed Spirit of God, may my attitudes and thoughts be constantly changed to confirm to the mind of Christ. O Lord God, may I work continuously on the renewal of the mind by Your Word and be clothed with the new nature. O Lord, let Your Spirit aid me in the meditation of Your Word. May I not think contrary to the Word of God, O Lord. O Lord, may I not ever think thatYou are not there. O Lord God, I want to know You better and better. Lord give me deep interest in the Word of God. Help me to receive Your Words and treasure Your commands within me. Help me, O Lord, to incline my ear to wisdom and apply my mind to understanding. Help me O Lord, to seek You and search for You as for hidden treasures from Your Word, so that I may understand the fear and the knowledge of God. Lord, through Your great riches, give me timely literature, time, money and energy to put in hard work to prayerfully study. By these efforts, may my character and mind be transformed with proper convictions to escape from the lust and the rottenness within me. May I have the mind to obey You like a child. May I not slip back into my old ways doing evil. May I be holy now in everything I do just as You are holy. May I be holy in all manner of conversation. May my attitude be like that of Lord
  70. 70. 74 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus Jesuswithmeeknessandhumility. Lord,savemefromperformingactivitiesbytheimpulseof my mind and human reasoning. Help me, O Lord, to evaluate eachthoughtproperly.Helpmeusespirituallypowerfultoolsfor smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected againstthetruthofGod,fittingeveryloosethought,motionand impulseintothestructureoflifeshapedbyChrist.Thushelpme keepYour tools ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction, like my Lord Jesus, who dealt with Satan with the written Word. Blessed Spirit of God, may I be united withYou tobuildmylifeofobediencetomaturity. As a Christian, may I live as Christ Jesus lived. O Lord, deliver me from being carnally-minded. Make me spiritually- minded. So, Blessed Lord God, make it my aim to please You always in everything by doing the works of faith. May I, while passing through this world of sense, walk by faith and not by sight, never doubting Lord Jesus. May I believe You O Lord, growing stronger in faith and trust and that Your name be praised. I bind my mind to the mind of Christ to think like Jesus my Lord, Amen. ii) The Heart is a well-spring of the Life Lord Jesus, having understood from Your Word, the deceitfulness of my heart, I humbly come beforeYou to plead for Your grace to guard my heart and its desires. Thank You Lord Jesus, for making me close to Your heart by saving me. I pray to You, O Lord God, for strength to guard my heart, which is the wellspring of life. I trust You, O Lord God, with all my heart and choose not to lean on my own understanding. Lord, I don't want to be beaten anymore and persist with rebellious heart. I acknowledge, O Lord that my whole head is
  71. 71. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 75 injured, and my whole heart is afflicted. My heart is calloused; my ears are dull; my eyes are closed. O Lord, I want to understandmyconditionwithmyheart,andturnandbehealed. O Lord, kindly be gracious to me and soften my heart. O Lord, mayIunderstandthedeceitfulnessofsin,andescapefromitlike Joseph. O Lord, like Moses, may I refuse to enjoy the fleeting pleasuresofsin. O God Almighty, I acknowledge that You are the Lord God who searches my heart and examines my mind, to reward me according to my conduct, and according to what my deeds deserve. So I pray, O Lord, may I not continue with my own plans and follow the stubbornness of my evil heart. May not the pride of my heart deceive me. May I not trust in man, and depend on flesh for my strength. Let not my heart turn away from You. O Lord, I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. May I respond to Your rebuke, O Lord, so that You may pour out Your heart to me and make Your thoughts known to me. May I turn my ear to wisdom and apply my heart to understanding, so that wisdom will enter my heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to my soul. O Lord, fill my heart with greater joy than when grain and new wine abound. May I praise You, O Lord God, with all my heart to tell of all Your wonders. O Lord, deal with the war in my thoughts and every day sorrow of my heart. O Lord God, may I trust in Your unfailing love and may my heart rejoice in Your salvation. May I perceive Your instructions to my heart even at night. May my heart be glad and my tongue rejoice and my body rest secure. May I resolve not to sin with my mouth. May I speak the truth from my heart. May the precepts of the Lord give joy to my heart, give
  72. 72. 76 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus lighttomyeyes.Maythewordsofmymouthandthemeditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord God, my Rock and my Redeemer. O Blessed Spirit of God, help me to have an obedientandlisteningheartthroughouttheday,togetmydesires fulfilled.OLordGod,mayYoubepleasedtogivemethedesires of my heart and make all my plans succeed. O Lord God, like the way You have granted Christ the desire of His heart and havenotwithheldtherequestofHislips,transformmetoChrist's likenesstoprayhumblyandobtainmydesires. Whenmyheartturnsintowaxduetotrials,kindly,strengthen me, O Lord. Grant me cleanness of hands and a purity of heart, thatImaynotliftupmysoultoanidolorswearbywhatisfalse. When the troubles of my heart multiply, free me, O Lord, from myanguish. Test me, O Lord God, and try me, examine my heart and my mind. Give me robustness of heart not to fear when an army besieges me. Though a war breaks out against me, may I, even then be confident. May my heart seek Your face, O Lord. May I have strong heart to wait for You, O Lord. O Lord, since You are my strength and my shield, may my heart trust in You and get helped. May my heart, O Lord, thus leap for joy and give thanks to You in song and my heart sing spiritual songs, O Lord. Let my heart rejoice in You. Help me, O Blessed Spirit of God, to delight myself in Lord Jesus. May the law of God be in my heart so that my feet do not slip. Lord, I am feeble. I get easily crushed and groan in anguish of heart. My heart pounds, my strength fails me, even the light goes from my eyes. Have mercy on me Jesus, O Son of David, Amen. iii) The Heart is deceitful above All things
  73. 73. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 77 BlessedSpiritofGod,putYourlawwithinmyheart,where deceitfulness lies, so that I may desire to do the Will of God. May my heart grow hot within me, as I meditateYourWord, O Lord. Let the fire burn and let my tongue speak like Peter, the Apostle.MayInotonlyhideYourrighteousnessinmyheartbut speak of Your faithfulness and salvation by the power of the HolySpirit.MayInotconcealYourloveandYourtruthfromthe great assembly. O Lord, grant me whole hearted submission to YourWill. O Lord Jesus, may not my sins overtake me and close my eyes and fail my heart. May my heart be stirred by a noble theme of the person of Christ. May my mouth speak words of wisdom and utter from my heart with understanding. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. O Lord, deliver me from the stubbornness of my heart. O Lord God, may I offer the sacrifices of a broken and a contrite heart. O Lord, may not the terrors of death assail me to sink my heart in anguish within me; O Lord make my heart steadfast, to sing praises to You all the time. May I call upon You when my heart grows faint even from the ends of the earth, so that You may lead me to the rock that is higher than I. O Lord, may I not set my heart on stolen goods, or on sudden increase of riches. O Lord, may I not cherish sin in my heart. When my heart is grieved and my spirit embittered, may I quickly return to You, O Lord. May I remember my songs in the night, and may my heart muse and my spirit inquire. May my soul yearn for the courts of the Lord God and may my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. O Lord God, give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Yourname.Teachmetonumbermydaysaright,thatImaygain
  74. 74. 78 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus a heart of wisdom. May I walk in my house with a blameless heart. May the men of perverse heart be far from me that I may havenothingtodowithevil. O Lord, deliver me from haughty eyes and a proud heart. May not my heart be blighted and withered like grass; May I extol my Lord Jesus with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Make my heart steadfast, and help me trust in the Lord so that I will have no fear of bad news. May my heart be secure with no fear so that in the end I will look in triumph on my foes. O Lord, may I hide Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You. May I set my heart on Your laws. Set my heart free, O Lord. Give me understanding, and I will keep Your law and obey it with all my heart. Turn my heart toward Your statutes and not toward selfish gain. May I seek Your face with all my heart so that You will be gracious to me according to Your promise. May my heart be blameless towardYour decrees, O Lord that I may not be put to shame. May Your statutes be my heritage forever that they may be the joy of my heart. May my heart be set on keeping Your decrees to the very end, O Lord. May my heart tremble at Your Word. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in the wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; Let me not eat of their delicacies. Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, Amen. iv) The Heart is a fountain of Pollution Blessed Spirit of God, take full liberty to write love and faithfulness on the tablet of my heart. May I lay hold Your Words with all my heart and keep Your commands and live. May I not be careless to let them out of my sight, but keep them
  75. 75. Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus 79 within my heart; May I not hate discipline; May not my heart spurn correction; May I not lust in my heart after the beauty of womennorlethercaptivatemewithhereyes,normyheartturn to her ways or stray into her paths. O Lord God, remove perverseness and foolishness of my heart. Let not anxiety weigh my heart down. May not my hopes be deferred to make my heart sick. O Lord, keep my heart from bitterness. May my heart be at peace to obtain the life of Christ into my body. May I maintain a happy and a cheerful heart. Give me, O Lord, a discerning heart that seeks knowledge. May my heart be in Your hand, O Lord, to be turned as You please. Let not my heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord God. Let not my heart be heavy. May not my heart harbor deceit. Abominations may not fill my heart, O Lord. May I bring joy to Your heart; May I always fear the Lord God. May I not harden my heart and fall into trouble. May I deny myself the desire of my eyes and refuse sinful pleasure for my heart. May my heart take delight in all my work, which is the reward for all my labor. May not my heart despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. Help me not to lose heart or be afraid, O Lord, when rumors of violence are heard in the land and of ruler against ruler. May I keep in my heart, that God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked. May I not be quick with my mouth, and be hasty in my heart to utter anything beforeYou, O God. Let there be perfect control over my tongue. O God, keep me occupied with gladness of heart. O Lord God, give me wealth, possessions and honor, so that I lack nothing my heart desires, but Lord God, give me those things which You will enable me to enjoy. May I not take bribe to corrupt my heart.
  76. 76. 80 Draw near to God with confidence through Lord Jesus Lord God, help me banish anxiety from my heart to cast off the troubles of my body. May my heart love Lord Jesus. Maymyheartbegintopoundforhim.MayIopenformylover, MayIfeelHisdeparture.MayInotsayIwillascendtoheaven, I will raise my throne above the stars of God apart fromYou, O Lord. May I believe Your promises with all my heart: (1) "He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young." (2) "For this is what the high and lofty One says--He who lives forever, whose name is holy: I live in a high and holy place,but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit,to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite". (3)"Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,to you the riches of the nations will come." 40 O Lord, You have announced the battle cry. But the Church is deaf. But I pray O Lord God, that my heart may pound within me, and let me not keep silent. May Your Word be in my heart like a fire. O Lord, give us shepherds after Your own heart, who will lead us with knowledge and understanding. May not my eyes and my heart be set on dishonest gain, shedding innocent blood, oppression and extortion. O Lord, wash the evil from my heart. May I not harbor wicked thoughts. Give me a heart to know You, that You are the Lord of lords and King of kings. May I return to You with all my heart. As per Your promise may I seek You and find You by seekingYou with all my heart. May I understand, asYou fully accomplish the purposes ofYour heart, in days to come. May I