Holy Argument, Part 2
by Brenda Kuseski
Last week’s Prayer-Gram focused on the privilege and responsibility we have as Christians to engage in “holy arguments”: prayer that boldly petitions God on behalf of a need or for the welfare of the Kingdom—[and this church]. Wesley Duewel reminds us of Scripture-based “arguments” that actually delight God.
1. Plead the honor and glory of God's name. Many situations bring dishonor to God if they are allowed to continue. The Bible shows many examples of those whose requests were based on the honor of God's name: Joshua (Josh 7:9); Samuel (2 Sam. 7:26); David (Ps. 23:3: 109:21); Asaph (Ps. 79:9); Jeremiah (Jer. 14:7). The Lord's Prayer teaches us that our first concern in prayer is to make God's name hallowed—holy, truly reflecting God's glory, set apart from all that is common (Matt. 6:9).
2. Plead God's relationship to you. God is your Creator (Job 10:3, 8-9; Ps. 119:73); He is your Helper (Ps. 33:20); your Redeemer (Is. 41:14; 63:16); and He is your Father (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6). You are His beloved child, adopted and justified by the sacrifice of Christ. The Holy Spirit Himself lives in you, and is praying with you (Rom. 8:26,27; John 14:26).
3. Plead God's attributes. Abraham declared the justice and righteousness of God (Gen. 18:25), as did Nehemiah (Neh. 9:33). Moses and David pleaded God's faithfulness (Deut. 7:9; Ps. 143:1). Most common are pleas based on the mercy and love of God. Moses (Deut. 9:18); Asaph, (Ps. 79:8); Daniel (Dan. 2:18); and Paul (Eph. 3:14-19) all rested their intercession on the never-ending love of God.
4. Plead the sorrows and needs of the people. When your heart is in tune with God's heart, you identify with the suffering that sin has produced among men. David, Nehemiah, and Daniel all vicariously joined in the sufferings of the people. Jeremiah, especially, used this plea to interceded for Israel (Lam. 2:20; 5:1).
5. Plead past answers to prayer. Praise the Lord for all that He has already done, recounting His mercy, faithfulness, and power. We see this pattern in Moses (Ex. 32:11-12) and David (Ps. 27:9; 85:1-7). But the task is unfinished, so plead for God's mercy and power to be renewed and to bring final victory.
6. Plead the Word and the promises of God. Our God is a covenant-keeping God, and His Word offers us His own promises as His will; we should reverently recount those promises. “You have said...” formed the basis for the prayers of Jacob (Gen. 32:9, 12); Moses (Ex. 33:12); David (I Chron. 17:23-26); and Solomon (2 Chron. 6:14-17). And of course, plead all the promises that are ours in Christ, the living Word.
7. Plead the blood of Jesus. This is the greatest, most powerful argument of all. We do not prevail by prayer techniques or our own merit, but by the suffering, blood, and death of God's Son. There is no higher name in heaven and earth than Jesus' name, and His death is the supreme evidence of the supreme love in the universe—and on the Cross, his triumphant cry was “It is finished”!
Mighty Prevailing Prayer