I have touched on this prayer before in a post about putting on Christ but felt it deserved some attention of it’s own (I would recommend checking out the series that link will take you to if you are struggling with self-gratification). The Mercy Prayer is a prayer I learned while at Pure Life, developed and taught by Rex Andrews. This prayer, I believe, was one of the biggest contributing factors to the freedom I have experienced. Why? Because it helps to transform one’s mind from one of being consumed with self to one that is consumed with the thoughts of God – and God’s thoughts towards others are driven by mercy (see Hosea 6:6 and Matt. 9:13). God’s will for you and I is mercy.
What is mercy? Rex Andrews defines it as the following:
MERCY is God’s supply system for every need everywhere. Mercy is that kindness, compassion and tenderness, which is a passion to suffer with, or participate in, another’s ills or evils in order to relieve, heal and restore. It accepts another freely and gladly as he is and supplies the needed good of life to build up and to bring to peace and keep in peace. It is to take another into one’s heart just as he is and cherish and nourish him there. Mercy takes another’s sins and evils and faults as its own, and frees the other by bearing them to God. This is the Glow-of-love. This is the anointing.
You can see by this definition why Jesus is God’s grand display of Mercy. He took upon himself our sins as his own and bore them to God.
This is why praying the following mercy prayer is so important. It nurtures within our minds – long corrupted from habitual sin, pride, and pleasing ourselves – the mind of Christ, who, though in “the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant…”(Phil. 2:5-8). When we pray the prayer of mercy we are “renewing our minds” (Rom. 12:1-2) to be like that of Christ, and laying our flesh aside in favor of the life of the Spirit.
When I am stressed, angry, when my will is being crossed, when I don’t know how to pray for someone who comes to mind, when temptation arises, or when I have free time and don’t know what to do with myself, I pray this prayer. When you ask me to pray for you, this is what I am most likely praying. I’ve taught it to my church, and they are praying it, too. It is a way, I have discovered, to follow Paul’s command to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Learn this prayer and pray it. It will change your life! But first….a warning…..
YOU WILL NOT WANT TO PRAY IT!
When beginning with this, your flesh will resist it with force. The first person that crosses your will, the first time your spouse does something that irks you to no end, the first time your co-worker gossips about you, you will want to do anything but pray mercy over them. When this happens, don’t quit, but rather, give glory to God! For His word is true! Your flesh naturally wars against the things of the spirit (Gal. 5:17). Give thanks to God for knowing you so perfectly, yet loving you so abundantly. Remember that you are in a battle, a spiritual battle (Eph. .6:12), and the following prayer is one of your greatest weapons to defeat the enemy.
Pray this prayer. Pray it often. And watch how God rewards your perseverance, and blesses the prayers of a righteous person who prays in alignment with His will!
1) Lord, I thank You for_________.
I thank You for saving him. Thank you for what You have done and are doing in his life.
2) Make__________ to know Jesus (more). Help him to increase in the knowledge of God. Destroy speculation and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and help him to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
3) Make__________ poor in spirit. Bring him down Lord, but please do it gently. Help him to see his neediness. Help him to see himself in light of You. Put him in his rightful place Lord.
4) Fill ___________ with Your Holy Spirit. Immerse him in Your Spirit Lord. Come to him in power and in might. Baptize him in fire Lord.
Life him according to Thy loving-kindness. Pour out Your life giving mercies into his soul.
6) Bless__________. Lord, bless him in everything he touches. Bless him spiritually, physically, and financially. Bless his loved ones. Do for him Lord, instead of me.
Flood him with need-filling mercies. Pour them out in super abundance. Find and meet every need in his life as You see it Lord.