Do you want to go to a higher level in God? If so, here's a prayer acronym to help you: ARISE!
I love using prayer acronyms because they help me remember powerful things to pray for that I might otherwise forget. And ARISE is one of those powerful ones. Here's what the letters mean:
1. A is for anointing.
My pastor defines “the anointing” as what happens “when God puts His super on your natural.” I LOVE that definition. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is simply the Holy Spirit manifesting Himself in your situation, with miraculous results.
So what do you need to do today? Ask the Holy Spirit to sit on you to help you do everything you need to do.
Pray this with me:
Heavenly Father, in Jesus' name, I thank You for Your Holy Spirit who lives in me. Father God, please fill me up with Your anointing today. Sit on me to do everything I need to do today. And Lord, help me to carry Your manifest presence always. Don't let Your anointing be just for a day or for a minute; help me to be so filled with Your presence, power, and glory that Your anointing drips off of me every moment I'm alive, everywhere I go, for the rest of my days. Thank You, Papa. In Jesus' name, amen.
The Holy Spirit's manifest presence in your life makes all the difference in the world. With His help, your life can go from natural to supernatural in one moment, and you never have to go back.
2. R is for revelation.
We learned recently in our study about the sevenfold Holy Spirit that revelation is greater than head-knowledge. Revelation is that deep, gut-level, heart-changing, life-transforming knowledge that revolutionizes everything about the way you think, the way you live, and the choices you make.
I ask God for revelation nearly every day. Sometimes I forget to ask, but honestly I should be asking every single day, every moment! And so should you. Brothers and sisters, we need the Holy Spirit's help! We need Him to change our hearts, teach us, and conform our thought patterns to His own.
So pray this with me:
Heavenly Father, in Jesus' name, I thank You that the Holy Spirit is the Giver of true, life-changing knowledge and understanding. So Papa God, I ask right now that Your Holy Spirit would fill me up with Your revelation. Teach me Your ways. Help me to understand Your Word properly, with no distortions or twisting. Help me to apply Your Word correctly in my life. Sear Your Word deep into my heart like a brand, and let Your teaching and the understanding You give me become true revelation in my heart that changes my life. Thank You, Father. In Jesus' name, amen.
3. I is for inspiration.
Do you need the Holy Spirit to fill you with inspiration, motivation, and enthusiasm today? Do you have tasks you've been putting off that you need to finally face? Do you want the Holy Spirit's divine flow in your life?
My answer is YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES! to all of these. God's inspiration makes all the difference in the world to me. When He inspires me, I can sit down to write and everything just flows. It's like He's actually dictating exactly what He wants me to say. Literally, I often hear Him tell me what to write word for word.
It often happens the same way when I'm designing images for this blog. Not always, but often! When He inspires me, I see exactly what the finished image should look like before I ever get started. He literally puts the picture in my mind, and then I just have to go out and get the pictures and put the design elements together.
The infographic for 5 Prayers To Increase God's Glory On Your Prayer Life was designed that way. He woke me up at 1:00 AM one Saturday morning with this picture in my mind, and I made the infographic … then, totally under His dictation, wrote a monster 5,000-word teaching blog post to go with it. And that post has been one of my top pins/posts ever.
Yikes! It's almost like He knows what He's doing or something! 😉
That kind of inspiration doesn't happen without His help. But the good news is, He is ready and eager to pour out His inspiration on us! God still loves to create. All He needs are willing vessels.
So pray this with me:
Heavenly Father God, in Jesus' name, I ask You to fill me with Your divine inspiration today. Create through me in every way. Do my work through me and for me. Motivate me and inspire me. Help me to do Your work, not just my own!
And Papa, I ask that You would order my steps all day long. Show me exactly what to do and when to do it. Help me to hear You clearly and obey You! And let me see supernatural results today. Thank You, Papa. In Jesus' name, amen.
4. S is for sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
I don't know about you, but I want Papa God to keep me on a short leash. I want my ear to be tuned to His voice always–every moment of every day. I want to feel what He feels, think how He thinks, and do what He does. I want to speak His words and pray His prayers. And if I sin and grieve Him, I want Him to show me that right away, so I can make things right.
And we can have that! Father God wants nothing more than that kind of intimacy with us. So if we ask Him, He will help us tune into Him better and be extremely sensitive to Him. Father God is extremely protective of the Holy Spirit, and He wants us to be so as well.
So pray this:
Father God, in Jesus' name, I ask right now that You would tune me into Your Holy Spirit more than ever before. Help me to be very sensitive to Him. Help me to obey Him in all things. Help me to feel what He feels, know what He's doing, see Him at work and hear His instructions. And Lord, please keep me on a short leash. Help me to obey You in all things, and never to grieve You. And if by sin I do grieve You, then please help me to make things right really quickly. Thank You, Father. In Jesus' name, amen.
5. E is for endurance.
There is always a price to pay if you want to get to a higher level in God.
That price can look like any number of things. I remember when I started this blog in October 2012. I knew that God was calling me to write, but I didn't know where to find the time. I was determined to do so, though, because I knew that a big part of my destiny was tied to writing.
So I reviewed my schedule and took a close look at how I really was spending my time …
… only to find that I was spending an awful lot of time in front of the TV. I wasn't watching anything bad. I was watching a lot of Andy Griffith, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and I Love Lucy. But you know what? Even though the shows were enjoyable, funny, and even clean, watching TV was still taking up my time.
So I made a big decision. I decided to stop watching TV and write instead. I bought time for my destiny by selling a “good thing” that was not the best thing for me.
That's not an example of endurance, but it is an example of paying a price. I paid a price–and am still paying that price–to go to the next level in what God was calling me to do. Even though I watch an occasional movie or travel documentary now, it's very rare and usually only on a Sunday afternoon when my husband and I want some snuggle time. But you know what? Writing–encouraging you–is worth the price to me. I would pay it gladly, a million times over.
If you're going to go to a higher level in God and His plan for your life, there is a price to be paid.
Here's what paying a price has to do with endurance:
If you want to go to a higher level in God, endurance is guaranteed to be part of the price that you will have to pay. Guaranteed. Every time.
See, you're going to have to wait on God when you wish He would move quickly. You're going to have to stick with some tough situations–situations from which you would LOVE to walk away. You're going to have to keep believing in some people that the enemy wants you to give up on.
You're going to have to endure.
That's why David prayed–out of the bitter anguish of his soul–
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10, emphasis mine).
He knew he needed to endure. He needed a steadfast heart–a heart that could not be shaken.
I don't know about you, but I've prayed this prayer many, many times. So many times I've felt like quitting. So many times I've wanted to walk away from someone, or from people, or from a task to which God assigned me. I can't even tell you how many times I've called a pastor and told him or her I was just ready to give up.
But it's darkest right before dawn. The fight is hardest when you're closest to winning it. And in order to win your battle, you have to endure.
If needing to endure discourages you, let this truth encourage you again:
It won't be forever, beloved. Your battle won't always be this hard. Jesus has already won it for you, and if things seem harder than ever right now, you're closer than ever to seeing His victory manifest in your life.
So will you pray with me for endurance? Pray something like this:
“Dear Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus' name. Father, thank You for sending Jesus to earth to die for me. Thank You that Jesus won every victory and every battle on my behalf.
Lord, You see that I'm in quite a battle right now. Father, You know that I feel like quitting. But Lord, it's not about what I feel. I want my life to reflect Your highest and most perfect will. So Father, in Jesus' name, I ask You to create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a steadfast spirit within me. Help me to be patient and endure. Help me to appropriate the abundant life and ALL the victory that Jesus died for me to have. In Jesus' name, amen.”
Beloved, do you desire to go to a higher level in God? Pray ARISE. Pray for anointing, revelation, inspiration, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and endurance. And as you pray, Papa will answer. You will see the difference in your life as you tune into Him more and learn to follow His divine flow.
Do these 5 prayer directives resonate with you? If so, please leave a comment below! I'd love to hear what the Lord is saying to you!