“You will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut. 4:29).
The costliness of trusting is multi-faceted. It is found in the discipline required to train the mind and heart to rely solely upon God, instead of devising deliverances or engineering solutions on our own. It is found in being still—even when others misinterpret our waiting on God for a lack of initiative. Müller’s model sometimes requires the self-binding of one’s own hand or mouth or influence in order to allow God the freedom to work in His way and time. Indeed, in this model the giving away of self is necessary to the process of becoming passionate in prayer. The focus shifts when prayer is not centered as much upon what we do but, rather, who we are.
Throughout the history of the Christian church, men and women of faith have walked this often-solitary path of deep intimacy with God. It should come as no surprise to us that others have found this possible, for God has promised that “You will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut. 4:29). Müller’s life teaches us today that if we long to experience a life of passionate prayer, we must take the first costly step . . . and then the next . . . and then another in careful, intentional response to the Holy God’s transformation of us. Passionate prayer will become the supernatural characteristic of such a walk with Him.
Holy God, how often I seek my own wisdom, and focus on what I can do to move Your hand rather than waiting upon You! Transform my prayer life by changing my focus from what I do to who I am. I am willing to take the costly steps that yield my heart and my will to Your plans and purposes. Draw me near and fill me with a passionate desire to be all You have called me to be!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 24, An Historical Role Model of Personal Passion in Prayer by Karen O’Dell Bullock). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Glorify the Son of God as one who is worthy to receive all power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise (Rev. 5:12). Thank him for having given up all this to die on a cross in your place. Confess any times when you have put your own interests above those of God and others. Commit yourself to being a faithful disciple of Jesus, finding your life by losing it for him and the gospel (Mk. 8:35). Ask Jesus to help you understand what it means to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow him.
Pray that family and friends will be kept from a materialistic lifestyle that serves money rather than God (Lk. 16:13).