Praying For The Refining Fire
Night of Divine Encounter (NODE) 11th Edition, Day 2 - Praying For The Refining Fire - Join us on Friday, May 6th, 2022 for the Night of Divine Encounter between 7pm to 10pm MST. Theme- Ablaze For God
Praying For The Refining Fire
Today, we will be praying for the refining fire. What is a refiner’s fire? A refiner’s fire is the fire that can melt down a metal, such as gold or silver, for purification purposes. Once a metal is in its melted down state, the dross in the metal rises to the top and dispelled from the metal before it cools.
A refiner’s fire does not destroy the metal, rather it allows the junk or the discarded things within to come up so that it can be removed. A refiner’s fire does not consume, it makes the metal better and more valuable. This comparison helps make sense of what God’s redemptive work may look like and accomplish in each of us.
God will purify us in similar ways. He does not consume us, rather, being in relationship with God draws us to righteousness and away from sinfulness. God uses our suffering, our sinfulness, and our shortcomings to refine us just as a refiner’s fire, so that the dross within our hearts will rise to the surface and can then be removed. How humbling to stand before God with hearts made pure.
When we go through afflictions and suffer, we can find hope that God will use those circumstances to draw us closer to him and to refine us. There are several examples of those who went through the refiner’s fire. The enemies plotted against Daniel and threw him into the lion’s den and God allowed it. God had the capacity to rescue him before he got to the lions’ den but he waited till he got there before sending his angels to shut the lions’ mouth. At the end of the day, God rescued Daniel and elevated him.
Examples of those who went through the refining fire
Joseph was a man who went through a refining process. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and God allowed it. He served in Potiphar’s house for several years without renumeration. At a point, Potiphar’s wife was pressurizing him to sleep with her but he declined. Potiphar’s wife lied against him for a sin he didn’t commit. She told her husband that Joseph attempted to rape her. He went into prison for years for an offence he did not commit. When the refining process was over, God promoted Joseph.
Job was another man that is worthy of mentioning. He was the richest man in his region before the devil struck. When Satan attacked him, he lost his business, his children, and his health within a short period of time. God allowed him to go through the fire just to test his heart and be sure that he was not worshiping him simply because He has blessed him in all areas. Job was really tried and tested. At a time, his wife told him to curse God and die when the suffering was so much, but Job refused to sin against God. His friend said all manners of things to him believing that what he was going through was as a result of sin. At the end of the day, Job passed all the tests and he even prayed for his friends. God later elevated him more than he was before.
Abraham also went through a lot. He was childless for years. He gave birth to Isaac the child of promise after 25 years of waiting. It was a major test because he even made a mistake along the line while waiting for God’s promise. Sarah, his wife, advised him to sleep with their slave, Hagar, and he consented. The union resulted in the birth of Ishmael. God later told him to send Ishmael away and he obeyed. Also, after Isaac grew up, God told Abraham to offer him as a sacrifice. This was someone who had lost hope on having Isaac at an old age. Now, after the child had grown up, God told him to sacrifice that child of promise. God tested him and he passed the test. Today, he is described as the father of faith.
Moses was another case study. He was born and raised for a purpose. At the age of forty, he committed a murder by killing an Egyptian and ran away from Egypt for fear of death. He was in obscurity for forty years and God was working on him in the process. After the refining process was over, God called him for an assignment. God told him to go and deliver the Israelites from their bondage. He was very reluctant to go, but at last, he yielded to the call of God. He was later used mightily by God. At some point, God described him as the most humble man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3). I pray that God will also take us through the refining fire in Jesus’ name and we will come out as gold.
- Father, I thank you because you are the Refiner’s fire who constantly refine and purifies me
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2. Father, I pray that you will refine me and take out all forms of impurities in my life. Lord, I pray that I will come out as gold after you have completed your refining process in me in Jesus’ name
2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.
3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness
3. Father, I pray that you will set me ablaze for yourself in Jesus’ name. Lord, I pray that you will refine me like silver and try me like gold. Father I pray that you will destroy all the impurities in me and make me more valuable for you Lord.
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, the Lord is my God.”
4. Father, I pray that you will refine me and purify my heart. Lord, I pray that this light affliction will be for a moment, but at the end it will work for a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory in Jesus’ name
“Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
5. Father, I pray that when I pass through the fire, you will rescue me. Lord, I pray that the flames will not set me ablaze in Jesus’ name
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
6. Father, I pray that you will test and refine my heart so that I will be more useful to you in Jesus’ name
“The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord tests the hearts.”
7. Father, I pray that you will refine me like silver and you will make me more valuable for your kingdom in Jesus’ name
“For you, God, have tested us; you refined us like silver.”
8. Father, I pray that you will refine and purify me so that the proven genuineness of my faith will be of greater worth than gold in Jesus’ name. Lord, I pray that my life will result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed in Jesus’ name.
1 Peter 1:7
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
9. Father, I pray that you will refine me and destroy all the work of the flesh in me in Jesus’ name. Lord, I pray that I will be prepared for every good works and I will be useful unto you in Jesus’ name
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
10. Father, I pray that your Word in my mouth will be pure and it will be like silver tried in a furnace of earth and purified seven times in Jesus’ name
The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
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