The Beliefs Driving the Behaviour [Blueprint #4: Praying for Your People]

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Comprehend the Word: Luke 6:45 (NIV)

"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."

Contemplate the Word: 

Can I talk to you for a minute? 

These are not the words you want to hear when picking your child up from school. I listened, unpleasantly surprised at the unkind words that had flowed from my child's mouth that day at school. I thanked the teacher and pleaded with God for wisdom as we made our way home. 

My human side wants to say unproductive things like, "What were you thinking? Why would you say that?" but the Spirit in me knows (and experience has taught me) that those words build walls.

Thankfully, when we ask for wisdom with faith, God promises to give it generously. When we arrived home we sat down to talk consequences: What happened to the kids heart's when you said those words? How would you have felt if someone were to say the same thing to you? There were tears of sadness as we talked about asking for forgiveness and making things right with God and them.   

Part of me wishes I could write that day off simply as one bad day or an out of character incident, but truth tells me otherwise: the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  If the words came out, it's because they were there to begin with. 

Words can be fuelled by wounds, and behaviour driven by beliefs. 

As you pray for your people today and this week, I challenge you to look past behaviour. What beliefs are fuelling your children's treatment of each other, their misbehaviour, their obedience? What beliefs are behind your husband's distance, your wife's criticism, or the space between you? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what beliefs are driving their behaviour.

What are they afraid of? What are they doubting? What lies are they responding to? What parts of their heart does His truth need to permeate? And then pray His truth into those places.  Jesus said it is the truth, not trying harder, that sets us free.

Converse With the Word:

Using today's Scripture and the  HE // ME // WE blueprint, craft your own prayer for your people. Simply talk to God aloud, write in your journal, or CLICK HERE for the BLUEPRINT PRAYER JOURNAL HERE and write it there. Then when God answers, thank Him and record it! If you need help getting going, feel free to pray the example below, and however else the Spirit leads you. 

HE: FATHER GOD, YOUR NAME/KINGDOM/WILL... 

Father God, I praise you for giving us Truth that sets us free. I thank you for blessing me with my people. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to heal our hearts and to dwell with us. Draw them into close relationship with You through Jesus Christ and the abundant life you purposed for them. Your will is that their hearts would know the truth, love the truth and live the truth. 

ME:  GIVE/FORGIVE/DELIVER ME FROM...

Jesus, reveal the beliefs in my people that are driving behaviour. Forgive me for often responding only to behaviour and not looking past to understand the driving beliefs. Deliver us from believing lies and responding to one another with defensiveness. Help me to create an emotionally safe environment in my relationships. 

WE: FILL ME WITH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT...  

Holy Spirit, fill them so that their lives will bear fruit. Draw them close to they know that they are your beloved: known, chosen, loved and purposed. Help them to follow Your leading in their lives. I pray all this in Jesus name.