Prayers to Strengthen the Inner Man – by Ps Mike Bickle

I have identified ten prayers to pray daily to receive strength in my inner man using the acronym F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P.
F: Fear of God

The Lord promised to put the fear of God into the hearts of His people (Jer. 32:40). He will do this more as we ask the Spirit to unite our heart to His heart and fill it with awe (Ps. 86:11).

40I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. (Jer. 32:40)

11Unite my heart to fear Your name. (Ps. 86:11)

13The Lord…you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. (Isa. 8:13)

It is far easier to resist compromise when we feel even a small measure of the fear, or awe, of God in our hearts. Ask Him to cause you to delight in the fear of the Lord (Isa. 11:3) and to strike your heart with the majesty and awesome dread of God (Isa. 8:13).

Prayer: Father, release the spirit of the fear of God into my heart. Strike my heart with greater understanding of Your majesty that I may live in awe before You. Unite my heart to Your heart and Word, and cause me to delight in the fear of God.

E: Endurance

In the Bible, the words endurance, perseverance, and patience are often interchangeable. These words speak of being faithful in our God-given assignments and refusing to quit even when facing great pressures. Holy-Spirit-empowered endurance enables us to seek and serve the Lord faithfully with all our strength for decades without drawing back.

11Being strengthened with all power…so that you may have great endurance and patience. (Col. 1:11, NIV)

3May the Lord direct your hearts into … the patience [endurance] of Christ. (2 Thes. 3:5)

David and Jesus spoke of being consumed with zeal for God’s house (Ps. 69:9; Jn. 2:17). Another way to ask for endurance is by asking God to impart zeal to your heart. Zeal and endurance are two sides of one coin. It takes God’s power touching our heart and mind to keep us from drawing back in our zeal and wholeheartedness. Ask the Lord to give you endurance or zeal to be faithful, especially in the difficult and dry seasons of life.

9…for zeal for Your house consumes me [David]…(Ps. 69:9)

Prayer: Father, strengthen my heart with endurance, that I may faithfully do Your will with zeal and diligence and never draw back in any way in my pursuit of the deeper things of Your heart and will. Give me endurance to fast regularly. Direct my heart into the patience, or endurance, in which Jesus walked (2 Thes. 3:5). Give me strength to follow through in my commitments to You and to fulfill my ministry calling even when it is difficult or small.

L: Love

The Spirit’s first agenda is to establish the first commandment in first place in us that we will love Jesus with all our strength (Mt. 22:37). Jesus asked the Father to impart the very love that He has for Jesus into our hearts (Jn. 17:26). It “takes God to love God.” The grace to receive God’s love and to love Him back is the greatest gift the Spirit imparts to us (Rom. 5:5).

26…that the love with which You [the Father] loved Me [Jesus] may be in them. (Jn. 17:26)

5The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 5:5)

In asking to abound in love, we are actually asking for the Spirit to inspire us in four ways— for greater understanding of God’s love for us; for the Spirit to tenderize our hearts so that we abound in love for Jesus; to cause love for others to abound in our hearts; to love ourselves in the grace of God. Jesus commanded us, “Love your neighbor as yourself ” (Mt. 22:39).

9I pray, that your love may abound still more… (Phil. 1:9)

12May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another. (1 Thes. 3:12)

Prayer: Father, pour out Your love in my heart by the Spirit that I may overflow in love back to You and to others (Rom. 5:5). Impart Your own love for Jesus into my heart (Jn. 17:26).
Allow me to comprehend Jesus’s love for me (Jn. 15:9; Eph. 3:18). Let me see myself through Your eyes so that I may love who You created me to be (Ps. 139:13-15).

L: Light of glory

On the day of Paul’s conversion he saw Jesus and His glory in a great light (Acts 22:6-11).

6“…suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me…11And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand…I came into Damascus.” (Acts 22:6, 11)

Moses prayed to see God’s glory, and afterward his face shone with the light of God’s glory (Ex. 33:18; 34:29). We also can ask to encounter the realm of God’s glory. Jesus spoke of an open heaven in which His disciples would see angels (Jn. 1:51). Ask Him to shine the light of His countenance (Ps. 4:6) on your heart in such a way that you experience the supernatural realm of His glory, including receiving dreams and visions and seeing angels, etc. (Acts 2:17).

51And He [Jesus] said to him, “Most assuredly…, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” (Jn. 1:51)

17… in the last days…I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.
(Acts 2:17)

Prayer: Father, let me see the light of Your glory and give me supernatural encounters—dreams, visions, angelic visitations, manifestations of Your glory and light—even as You gave to Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Paul, John, and the disciples on the Day of Pentecost (Ex. 33-34; Isa. 6; Ezek. 1; Acts 2; Acts 9; Rev. 1).

O: One thing

It is essential to spend time with the Lord—to be a person of “one thing” as King David was. David revealed his primary life focus when he prayed that the “one thing” he desired all the days of his life was to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple (Ps. 27:4).

4One thing I have desired…all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord…
(Ps. 27:4)

Mary of Bethany “sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word” (Lk 10:39). Jesus explained to her sister Martha, “One thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part” (Lk. 10:42).

42But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part. (Lk. 10:42)

We must intentionally set our hearts to be a “person of one thing.” We ask the Spirit to help us not to lose this focus by intervening to speak to our heart when drifting from a “one thing lifestyle.” Ask Him to speak to you using Scripture, others, dreams, or His still, small voice.

Prayer: Father, I commit to live as a “person of one thing.” Help me to sit regularly at Your feet to behold Your beauty as David and Mary of Bethany did. Strengthen my desire in this, and help me to maintain a lifestyle of regular time with You in Your Word. When I lose this focus, get my attention and send Your Word to deliver me of a divided heart.

W: Worthy

Paul prayed that God would count the saints worthy to fulfill all of His will (2 Thess. 1:11). He emphasized that he always prayed this for the saints—he understood how important it was. Walking worthy is not the same as seeking to be worthy by earning our forgiveness. Rather, it is about experiencing grace in such a consistent way that we walk with a worthy response to God that prepares us to walk in the fullness of our calling, thus fulfilling all His goodness.

11We pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power. (2 Thes. 1:11)

Too many believers come up short of what God has invited them to walk in because of their halfhearted responses and choices. Jesus exhorted us to pray that we may be counted worthy to escape the snare of stumbling (Lk 21:34-36). Walking worthy of our calling includes being strengthened to escape the snare of compromise so that we stand in victory before God.

34“Take heed…lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the earth. 36Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things…to stand before the Son of Man.” (Lk. 21:34-36)

Prayer: Father, strengthen my heart so that I walk in a measure of faith and obedience that is worthy of who You are and of Your calling on my life. Help me to walk worthy of You by escaping all compromise. Prepare me to walk in the highest things You have called me to. Help me to live free of the snare of compromise so that I will walk blamelessly so to stand before You victoriously with the testimony that I sought to obey You with all my heart.

S: Speech

Speech is a significant issue in our lives. When our speech comes under the leadership of the Spirit, our entire inner man will also come under His leadership.

2If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. (Jas 3:2)

Paul spoke about not grieving the Holy Spirit by our speech (Eph. 4:29-30).

29Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification… 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit… (Eph. 4:29-30)

The subject of speech was on David’s “prayer list”—he asked the Lord to help him control his speech so that his words would be pleasing to God (Ps. 19:14).

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight. (Ps. 19:14)

David purposed that he would not sin with his speech, so he asked the Lord to set a guard over his mouth (Ps. 17:3; 141:3).

3…I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. (Ps. 17:3)

3Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Ps. 141:3)

1I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle. (Ps. 39:1)

Prayer: Father, set a guard over my lips and help me to speak words that are pleasing to You. Free me from defensive, angry, foolish, sensual, or impure speech. Keep me from quenching the Spirit with my words. I set my heart not to sin with my speech.

H: Humility

Jesus called us to learn from Him about walking in humility or lowliness (Mt. 11:29).

29Take My yoke…and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart. (Mt. 11:29)

Paul called us to let the “mind of Christ” or His mindset of humility be in us (Phil. 2:3-5).

3Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ… (Phil. 2:3-5)

Prayer: Jesus, teach me how to walk in Your yoke of humility (lowliness of heart). I set my heart to learn humility from You, gaining insight that will result in the transformation of my attitudes, speech, and actions. Give me wisdom about how to carry my heart in humility.

I: Insight

The Spirit came to teach us all things—to give us insight or wisdom as He fills us with the knowledge of His will for each area of our life so we are able to walk in partnership with His heart (Col. 1:9-10). The Lord’s desire is to give His people wisdom so that they are fruitful in every endeavor to obey Him and that they grow in or experience the knowledge of His heart in the process. The insight that He gives His people is intended to lead and teach them how to walk in agreement with His heart so that they enjoy friendship and partnership with Him. He gives wisdom on how to steward time, money, careers, ministry, health, relationships, etc. He will give us insight into what is on His heart for cities and nations and for our generation.

9…to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will [insight] in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…. (Col. 1:9-10)

26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit…He will teach you all things… (Jn. 14:26)

Prayer: Father, give me insight into Your Word, will, and ways. Give me wisdom about how to walk in intimacy with You in every area of my life, including my finances, schedule, emotions, physical body (diet, health), relationships (home, office, ministry), future, fears, etc. What are You thinking and feeling about me and my life, city, nation, and generation?

P: Peace and joy

The Spirit desires to guard our hearts and minds with supernatural peace. In Philippians 4:7, the “heart” speaks of our emotions. We do not have to live troubled by jealousy, rejection, anxiety, or fear, or with minds that are filled with turmoil, confusion, and indecision. If we regularly ask for peace and joy in specific areas of our lives, we will receive more of them.

7The peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)

13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing… (Rom. 15:13)

Prayer: Father, strengthen my heart with supernatural peace in areas in which I feel rejection, fear, or anxiety; strengthen my mind so I may overcome turmoil, confusion, and indecision.

SUMMARY: F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P

F — Fear of God: Father, release the spirit of the fear of God into my heart (Ps. 86:11).

E — Endurance: Strengthen my spirit with endurance to do Your will (Col. 1:11).

L — Love: Father, pour out Your love in my heart in a greater measure (Phil. 1:9).

L — Light of glory: Father, let me see more of the light of Your glory (Acts 22:6–11; Ex. 33:18; Ps. 4:6).

O — One thing: I set my heart to be a “person of one thing” who regularly sits before You (Ps. 27:4).

W — Count me worthy: Strengthen me to have a worthy response to You in my life (2 Thes. 1:11).

S — Speech: Set a guard over my lips that I may walk free from unclean speech (Eph. 4:29; Ps. 141:3).

H — Humility: Jesus, I want to learn from You how to walk with a lowly heart (Mt. 11:29).

I — Insight (wisdom): Give me insight into Your Word, will, and ways (Col. 1:9–10).

P — Peace and joy: Strengthen my heart with peace and joy that overpower fear (Phil. 4:7).

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