Friday, I prayed for the nation of Somalia. I had never studied or heard much about the nation before that day, except for reading a little bit about the Somalia pirates. So, even though I wrote a general prayer for Somalia in my article, this was not really how I prayed for the nation.
What I actually did was bow my knees on the floor and prayed: “Lord, give us Somalia.”
Then, a tremendous sorrow fell upon me. I wept, travailed, groaned, and grunted before the Lord for Somalia. It resonated all through me how much the Lord loved the nation and its people. I was overwhelmed by His desire to turn the nation from the power of Satan to Him and His ways. My heart was broken for Somalia.
To be honest, I have not had that type of passion in my prayers for years and years. In fact, it had been gone so long, I wondered if I would ever have it again. The reasons for losing my passion? I am sure it revolved around apathy and compromise on my part.
But I am determined not to lose my passion again and now pray the following prayer for myself and others:
Lord, help me to never be slothful in zeal, to be always red-hot and fervent in spirit, so I can serve You Lord without apathy and compromise. (Based on Romans 12:11)
Prayers without fervent passion hinder the effectiveness of our prayers.
What are other hindrances?
(Continued in Part 12…earlier parts can be read by clicking here or above on the header.)