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Praying for Divine Order in Your Life

A few weeks ago, I came across a blog post from Justin Rizzo, one of the main worship leaders at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City where he shared about how he has prayed a prayer for divine order in his life for 2 years now and how it has transformed his life.

I, personally, had felt out of order in my life for a few months now and, after reading that blog post, I thought that I should commit to praying this prayer and tweak it for my own life. So a few weeks ago, I began praying this prayer (below) and asking God to bring divine order in my life, no matter what the cost. Better that my life gets shaken and ruffled up a bit, than for me to live a disordered life and remain unchanged. Read the prayer and then continue on to hear of how God has radically shifted my life below!

Here’s the prayer I’m praying (and am committed to praying daily for the next year or, ideally, the rest of my life!) Download the PDF Prayer here or read it below: 

Prayer for Divine Order

Lord, I pray for divine order in my life.

Lord, come and perfectly align and order my life.

Lord, I will build my life with whoever You bring to me, and whoever You take away from me I will consider it Your divine will.

Lord, divinely order my friendships, bring those friends that will sharpen me like iron, and take friends out of my path that may not be best for me.

Lord, divinely order my finances. Show me where to give my money, when to sow and when to store.

Lord, divinely order my living arrangements, my ministry assignments, my daily occupation and where and how I invest of my time.

Lord, Your plan for my life is perfect and I want to get out of the way and allow You to lead me. Let Your will be my will.

Amen.

Well, I’m stunned how God immediately moved and acted upon my life as I became open and willing for God to divinely order my life! Now, whenever I open up my laptop and read this prayer (which is posted in big, bold letters on my desktop), I shake my head and I start to laugh, as I think about what God has done. Let’s just say He has done His part. Oh my, has He ever.

Within two days of praying this prayer (with a heart fully willing to accept what the Lord would choose to do), things completely shifted in my life. I came to a swift but mutual decision that I would move out of the home I was living in for the past couple months. I knew that God was bringing about this move. Then God divinely opened up a room in a friend’s house that I could rent and it was available immediately. I packed and moved to my new place within a few days. Talk about a “Suddenly”!

And then, with absolute clarity (after months of blurry spiritual vision and lack of clarity), I knew that God truly was opening up a door for a short-term (1 month) overseas ministry trip at the end of this year, as well as a personal trip back to Canada for Christmas/New Years (1 month). After going back and forth in uncertainty for months about these possible future short-term options, I finally had the word of the Lord in my heart that He was prodding me to step out in faith and walk through the open door that was before me with this ministry trip and personal trip. (Contact me directly if you want to hear more details about the trips!)

The only way I can describe it is to say that a heaviness was lifted off my heart and a veil was taken off my eyes and I had full clarity and peace come over me instantly. I can see clearly again, and I have a healthy, positive perspective and outlook on the future again, which had been missing for a while.

Then, what happened next, is nothing short of miraculous. An amazing airfare deal came up through a friend who is a travel agent …but the deal was only available for a few days. This deal would get me to both nations for less than what I’ve paid in the past just to go to one of the nations! Now that’s what I call a hook-up from the Lord! But there was a problem: I had no money! I had the word of the Lord that I was to go, but no money to purchase the ticket. But somehow I knew that if God was truly in this, He was also going to divinely order my finances and provide a way, though I had no idea HOW. He also spoke to me that I was NOT to support raise for the ticket and that I was to trust Him COMPLETELY that He was a good Father that would do the work for me and make this happen. I was a bit stuck, not knowing if I should buy the ticket on my credit card before the deal expired, but I had no proof (other than a word from the Lord) that the money was coming in. So, I decided that I would not buy the ticket without God first providing the money somehow, because I do not believe in going into debt. The other thing stopping me was that I was waiting on the approval of my staff-leave request. I wasn’t going to book anything until I’d received the go-ahead from my leaders. So, money and permission were the 2 things I was waiting on. So, the day before the deal was expiring, I made a phone call and asked someone I know for their wisdom on whether I should buy the ticket (once I got approval from leadership) on my credit card even though I didn’t know where the money was coming from. There was a pause, and then this person spoke up, saying, “Buy the ticket because I am going to pay for all of it!” I was stunned! God had provided the full provision for the tickets without me ever asking for anyone for any money! He had truly given this as a gift to me as my good Heavenly Father! Then, for the icing on the cake, a couple hours before the deal expired, I heard from my leaders that they had approved my trip! So, the ticket was purchased, fully paid for, and approved by my leadership, right at the last minute!

God was divinely ordering my life and He was doing it SWIFTLY! Let’s call it “The Swift Shift”! God has shifted EVERYTHING. I have shifted spiritual seasons, going from Winter to Spring in my heart. The dramatic shift in the emotional and spiritual atmosphere of my heart has been IMMENSE. I’ve now shifted (literally) and moved into a whole new house, with lovely new housemates, and I’m living in a whole new area of the city (where I feel more connected to the people). God has shifted my spiritual vision, giving me another puzzle piece in the big picture scheme of things. He is showing me more about my part in the marriage of prayer and missions, and the merging of His purposes for me in New Zealand as well as in the Nations. Things are starting to take shape. Wow. I’m still shaking my head that He can change things so dramatically, so quickly.

The rest of the details, I’m leaving up to the Lord as He seems to be delighting in divinely ordering my life, and so who am I to try and take the reins back? He will have His way, and He will do as He wishes with my life. Lord, I am willing. I receive the divine ordering.

God moves and acts, and every thing He does is full of purpose. Every move is strategic – and good. He is not sitting back, twiddling His thumbs. He is intimately and intentionally involved in my life. He is leading this thing and I am in awe.

I had someone email me a week or two ago telling me that this prayer for divine order is great but it’s a dangerous prayer!!! (like the prayer we can pray asking for patience and then difficulties come!). My response? I say … “It’s too dangerous NOT to pray it!” Just think about arriving at the end of your life and God gives you heavenly lenses to look back through your life with perfect vision, and you discovered that your life was disordered and out of alignment with God’s desires and purposes! Wouldn’t you wish you had given up control and handed God the steering wheel, telling Him He could do whatever He wanted to do in your life, no matter what? Remember, this rests entirely on the real fact that He is a GOOD Father and that ALL that He does (even when it may initially hurt) is for our healing and for our good. Ultimately, nothing that God initiates can end badly for our soul. Nothing. So, why would we NOT pray for divine order? In view of eternity, it actually hurts our lives NOT to pray for God to align things.

I implore you to begin asking the Lord, with genuine willingness, to enter into every area of your life and bring divine order. Give Him permission to shift whatever He needs to shift, to work things out for your greatest good. And then respond with acceptance and TRUST as He begins to shift things in your heart and life. He WILL move and shake things in your life. That’s a given. But it is good that He does this. It is NOT good if He does not intervene and does NOT do anything in your life.

Yes, it’s a dangerous prayer, but it’s the safest thing you could ever do!

  • Jen

    Hey ALI!!! wow…LUV the videos!! man, life has been crzy busy but i still have your support card on my frame and often see it and think of you and say a prayer! Wow…lots going on my end of the world…starting tonight with getting involved with a fitness bootcamp first time eva!!! i’m getting myself stoked up listening to some beckah shae [annointed pop artist christian – http://www.beckahshae.com – you can click the link beside the website player to hear her full ALBUM free and my fave song is “we are”] . I found it really interesesting to hear you say how you are growing in worship and singing…as i can totally relate with me being a co-leader on the worship team i serve. but when you shared specifically that you “don’t need to be perfect, but that God wants you as you are” WOOOOw – k like maybe a month ago…i had a moment with God out on the Burlington pier lake ontario was crisp blue and God spoke to me and said “i have SO MUCH MORE FOR YOU” and i kinda cringed cuz i was like God , i know…but i fear to taint your Image…God there are just people out there who have the shoulders to hold their head up and do what they are called to do,but me i ‘d rather be at your feet, unnoticed by anyone but the one who deserves to be noticed. …” totally aware of my faults, i just broke down and said, God i just can’t see myself as you seee me being….i ‘m not perfect…. To which God broke thorugh, shattered my thoughts and said – ” Jen, – i don’t want perfect – I WANT YOU.” “…If i wanted “perfect” i would have done it myself…but i want you . i want you to share and experience what i can do through you so this world can see what i am capable of….it’s not waht you can do….it’s what i desire to do through your willing passionate heart….just trust me…” wow…eh? yeah, so when i heard you share about being not “perfect” that just totally reminded me of that love moment i had at the pier….when we accept who we are in Christ, it doesn’t matter what we end up doing, because in HIM we CAN DO ALL THINGS. simply, that. I miss you darling and hopefully i can see ya when you come back to Canada…please let me know your new mailing addy – so i can keep sending ya words of encouragement your way & prayers. Luv ya ! blessings to you and the Trees! K going to kick my tail in fitness…Blessings – Jenifer J

  • Nathan

    This has given me confidence with God. I recently arrived back for a trip from Israel, where God changed my heart, completely! He said I was entering into a new season, but I did not believe it! Please let me be Mary and not Zechariah! Today while reading your blog, I realized that he’s doing a very similar thing with me. When He had provided all I need to get to Israel, I was excited, while I was in Israel I was taking photos, the week back when He started putting everything together to report on what had happened, I let go of the reins, I can no longer do anything. Just for a notice, this happens to be a season on the Jewish Calender, called “The Season of Teshuvah” a period of 40 days, which is literally Putting your House in Order (Like the story Jesus uses to describe a demon being cast out, and coming back with 7 friends) These days are considered “Days of Favor” because they coincide with the 40 days Moses was on the Mountain after the Golden Calf incident. This can’t be coincidence! I’ve been, “Putting my house in order” and just realize God wants to take up vacancy! It’s all in His hands now, no more taking the reins. We have to let everyone know the things God is doing in these days!

    Nathan

  • I am going to start praying this everyday!! I am putting it upon myself to pray this prayer everyday for 6months and then go from there. Everyday when I go to church to attend the service I will bring this prayer with me in my heart and give it up to God. I will let Him move me and shape me!!

    Thank you once again for bringing me closer to God.