Prayer For Godly Jealousy For The Things Of God
What to Do When Jealousy Strikes
Jealous. That was the only word that could describe the feeling I had when I heard a friend had gotten her book published. I was full of jealousy.
Writing a book (and getting it published) has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. Yet now at age 53, it still has not happened. Not for lack of trying, mind you. But it just has not happened! So, when I found out it had happened for a friend, that proverbial “green-eyed monster” consumed me.
And here’s the saddest thing of all: my friend’s book was about her journey with her young son’s cancer. It was about how God had seen, supported, and strengthened her, her son, and her family through the darkest hours of their lives.
It was a book written with such gut-wrenching honesty and humility. And, it was meant to be an encouragement and blessing to other families dealing with childhood cancer.
How could I be jealous ofthat? But I was—to my shame!
What Jealousy Is
Jealousy is that sneaky sinthat comes upon us unexpectedly, unannounced, and most certainlyuninvited.
Jealousy can take the form of eagerness to obtain something that you don’t have, and this form of it is associated with covetousness and idolatry (see Colossians 3:5).
Covetousness is the worship of something (a house, a car, a job, a ministry) or someone (a husband, a child, a friend) that another has. Covetousness is so egregious to God, that he included it in the Ten Commandments.“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:17)
AndGod knows that when we idolize what another has, eventually jealous feelingswill follow. What are we to do with jealousy, then?
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality… idolatry… jealousy… and things these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… (Galatians 5:19-22)
For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? (1 Corinthians 3:3)
Jealousy is sin. It is the flesh’sresponse to covetousness, and it needs to be confessed andrepented. Repenting jealousy is to agree with God that this feeling iswrong. It is not holy, healthy, or productive.
Jealousy can be so destructive—both spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. In fact, it can literally lead one to murder, the apostle James says in 4:2: “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.”
Themoment jealousy rears its nasty head, confess it. Don’t let it steep in yourmind and embitter your heart. Confess, and find immediate and unfailingforgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9).
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
There is a reason why Paul contrasts the flesh and the Spirit in Galatians chapter 5. The two are constantly at war with one another. But that war was won when Jesus died and rose again, and we can also be victors through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.We can, through His help, conquer and counteract the sinful flesh with spiritual fruit.
Love for another and forthe goodness God has shown them (whatever that may be), having patience withourselves and God’s timing, and exercising self-control of our emotions allcounteract jealousy.
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. (Proverbs 14:30)
Jealousy is not only covetousness but discontentment. Jealousy says, in effect, “God, I’m not happy or satisfied with who I am or what you’ve given me. I want to be more. I want more. I want what so-and-so is and has!”
I have had to come to the realization that God has not allowed me to publish, for whatever reason. I have had to accept that and find contentment in the writing opportunities he has given me.
I have to work at it, though. It does not come easily. I can relate to Paul’s comment in Philippians 4:11-13, that I, too, am “learning” to be content. It is an on-going process as I wait upon God and “learn” to be satisfied, content, with what he has given me already.
Jealousy is, in a way, saying that Jesus—who he is as ourSavior and Lord, and what he graciously did for us on the cross—is not enough.None of us would say that outright. But jealousy is the feeling that expressesit, and it is an affront to him. May it not be so!
Rejoice with those who are rejoicing. (Romans 12:15)
Another counteractive “cure” for jealousy, as I found with my friend’s publishing success, is to rejoice with that person.
Rejoicing with another person takes the focus off of ourselves and puts it on God: what he has done for that person, how he has blessed them, the gifts he’s given them, the opportunities he’s provided for them.
Rejoicing with another is also borne love and kindness. Another manifestation of living out the fruits of the Spirit rather than the flesh.Rejoicing in another’s good and godly fortune also maintains unity and harmony within the body of Christ. For where there is jealousy, there is strife, quarreling, disunity (1 Corinthians 3:3).
So, make the choice torejoice.
Be Jealous…for others andfor God!
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. (2 Cor. 11:2, NIV)
If ever there is good jealousy, the Apostle Paul says it is jealousy for other believers and for God.
This “godly jealousy”is outward and upward focused, rather than self-focused. It is an eagerness for thegood of others, especially spiritual welfare (i.e. theirsalvation and sanctification).
It is an eagerness for God to be glorified in this darkened world. That his name and power would be seen and manifested in miraculous ways. That sinful mankind would repent and turn to him, accepting the free gift of grace he offers through Jesus Christ. That they would find forgiveness and a relationship with God, their Heavenly, Holy Father (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Expressing holy, godly jealousy for his saving work on our behalf, and on the behalf of others, is acceptable and perfect. That jealousy does not offend him.
May it be that this outward, upward jealousy is the only type of jealousy we manifest in our lives.
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Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Becoming More Jesus Christ
I’m sure you’ve heard of the fruits of the spirit. And they are all incredible, Godly traits we should strive for. But if we are honest we know we cannot be good examples of these traits without help from the Lord above. So here it is, the fruits of the spirit prayer to help us bear more Godly fruit (see what I did there).
Let’s get started with the fruits themselves. In Galatians 5:22-23, 25 the Apostle Paul writes,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law…Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
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Living in step with the Spirit can be a lot tougher than we give it credit for. We are all better at certain fruits than others, my biggest struggle, for instance, is patience.
But, that doesn’t mean I get to say ‘Well God didn’t make me patient” and just give up.
We have to try day by day to be a better representation of our Father God and that means striving to be more loving, more joyful, more peaceful, more patient, more kind, more faithful, and have more self-control!
So let’s do it. You can pray one big prayer or focus your prayer on an area that is weighing on your heart the most. But, let’s stop talking about it and start praying about it!Father God, Creator of Heaven and Earth thank you. Thank you for loving me enough to help me become more you. Lord, you have shown us what it means to live in the Spirit, but I need help. Please help me, Lord.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Love
Lord help me to fix my eyes on the love you share with me every day. And, may I be reminded of the grace and mercy you extended through your son as I go through my life.
Lord, may I look to your love as a guide to love others. And not just those who are easy to love. But God give me your eyes so that I may see all your children the way you do.
Help me please God to love myself the way that you love me. For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Lord help me to find my joy in you. God, you are the source of all good things and a life that draws its strength from you is a life of true and deep joy. Even in the tough times help me to rejoice in your goodness and your plan for my life. And, help me to seek you, as the well that never runs dry so that my joy can overflow into the lives of everyone I meet.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Peace
Father, please help me find peace. I have placed my life in your hands. Help me to remember that there is no reason to worry or be anxious for you have a plan much greater than anything I could ever understand.
May I find peace in your steadiness, your faithfulness, your strength and you desire not to harm me.
May I fix my eyes on you in the storms of life to find the peace that passes all understanding, a peace found only in you.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Patience
Help me Lord to find patience. As the tests and trials of life come at me day by day help me to find strength in you to make it through. Lord help me to learn to wait for your timing and your plan instead of rushing forward with my own.
May I trust you enough to remember that vengeance is not mine. When I am ready to snap remind me, Lord of all the times, you have been patient with me. Help me to be present in the season you have placed me in instead of hurrying life away.
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Lord help me to be kind. Help my words to uplift and show your love. Lord, may my actions build others up so that they too will know the love of Jesus. May I be generous with the things you have blessed me with.May I give to others expecting nothing in return, the way you give me blessings upon blessings every day. Lord help me to remember that one act of kindness in your name may not change the world, but it could change a life.
Let me be kind in all things just at Jesus was kind, even to those who persecuted Him.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Goodness
Lord help me to find true goodness. May I do the right thing, not just because I should but because I can glorify you through it. May my thoughts be good, wholesome and righteous.
Help me God to do the right thing so that I can show others your way through obedience and a pure heart. Lord, you are good. In all things, in all times even when we don’t understand God you are good.
Remind me father that though I am called to be good, it is your goodness that has saved my soul.
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Help me Father, to be faithful to you in all I do. Lord may I put all my trust in you. May I faithfully give you control of every matter in my life. May I focus on your will for my life and follow you even when you call me to things I may not understand.
I have complete confidence in your will for my life. May I be as faithful to others as you are to me, Lord. Make me steady and dependable a pillar of strength for those around me as you are for me. So, my faithfulness inspires others to put their trust in you.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Gentleness
Lord God please make me gentle. Remind me Father God of all the times you have been gentle in your responses to me and my sin and foolishness. May I be so gentle in my interaction with others.
Lord may I show your strength through my meekness. If I am to raise my voice Lord may it be only to raise my voice in prayer and praise to you. And, may my gentleness turn away anger.
Help me, Father, to be gentle as your son Jesus Christ was gentle.
Fruits of the Spirit Prayer for Self-Control
Father God give me the strength to have self-control. I have my struggles and temptations and I know that Satan will use them against me. Lord help me to have the self-control to fight my temptations and remain steady on the path you have set before me.
I know that if I give in my feet will fail me and I will stumble. If that happens, Lord, convict my spirit to not continue in my temptations. And, help me, Father, to stand up strong and lean on you to continue in the way set before me.
I pray that in my self-control I will hear you more clearly so that you can change me to be more you.Lord thank you. Thank you for the example that you have given us in your son Jesus Christ. God, please come alongside me as I work day by day to be your hands and feet here on Earth. And, may the fruits of your spirit inspire my spirit to bear fruit for you! Amen.
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I hope that this prayer encourages you to find strength in the Lord to grow closer to Him each and every day. And, as you work to reflect the fruits of the spirit here are some verses that will encourage you along the way.
Fruits of the Spirit – Bible Verses
1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
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Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
I pray that his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
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Peace to you, dear children of God!
Praise God for this day that He has given. Praise God for the possibility to abide in His Word, to be in fellowship with Him through prayer and draw there strength, courage and wisdom.
We have been talking about prayer as the source of revelation and guidance in our lives. Yesterday, we saw that through prayer and fellowship with God, Jesus knew what and how He must do or speak. Jesus said,
“Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)
After Jesus had taught in the temple, He spent nights on the Mount of Olives. There is no doubt, that He met the Father there and they had fellowship, but the next morning He brought a fresh Word for the people who came thirsty to hear this Word.
„Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.” (Luke 21:37-38)
If we look at this Scripture in the context, we see that earlier Jesus had called us to be careful that nothing takes away our attention for fellowship with God. Jesus asked people to pray.
„Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36)
And so, through fellowship with God we will stop walking in darkness without light, because God illuminates our path and strengthens us in His truth.
Moses lived and acted according to revelation from God, Jesus walked in the level of divine revelation; and Paul, through prayer, received a revelation from God. It is interesting that they all had one characteristic – they knew how to be in fellowship with God.
They all knew how to come closer to God, because God´s presence and Spirit of revelation were with them in their lives and ministry.When people see God´s presence in your life and your ministry, when they see that God speaks to you and through you, then thanks to your self-sacrifice, more and more people will worship God and feel thirst for Him in their lives.
This is exactly what happened when God´s glory descended over Moses prayer tent.
“Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses. Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshipped, each at the entrance to his tent.” (Exodus 33:7-10)
When the Israelites saw the glory of God, they began to worship God at the entrance of their prayer tent, therefore, the place from where they watched what happens. Worship is a natural reaction of a person who sees God´s glory.
Is it not our desire for more people to worship God? Is it not the purpose of our lives and ministries that more people know the Almighty God and worship Him properly? Is this not the mission of the Church of Christ that all people, all tribes and tongues all bend their knees before God Almighty and start to worship Him?
How do we achieve it?
We just have to be prepared to pay the necessary price so that His presence, His glory and revelation would appear in our midst. What is necessary for that? Again, let us look at Moses. He built a separate tent where he and all who wished to could seek the Lord. The glory of God descended to the entrance of the prayer tent.
“Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses.” (Exodus 33:7,9)
God has prepared a lot a wonderful things and revelations exactly for you, but you can receive and learn all of them only when you start seeking the Lord from all your heart in prayer!
With the peace of God!
Pastor Rufus Ajiboye