Is God kidding…
August 10th, 2019
When you pray, do you pray convinced and settled that God will do what he says he will do? Do you find yourself shaping the nature of your requests in such a way to buffer disappointment, because you’re pretty sure that God’s not going to deliver?
Now don’t answer those two questions with an instinctive denial. There is only one who can hear your thoughts, and He knows your thoughts so well that He can hear your heart over the noise in your head. You don’t gain a thing if you deny it and your heart says it’s true. The only one you might convince is yourself, and even that is highly doubtful.
I’m sure there are those of you that can answer those questions with a yes and a no respectively and be honest with yourselves. There is a certain percentage of believers who believe God does what God says he will do and are intent of making their requests exact and specific.
But the problem is that percentage would not be in the majority. In fact, that percentage would be only a smaller than any of us would like to admit. We know this because if Christians were praying believing God means what He says and making their requests direct and honest to their hearts desire, the world would be so much different than it is today.
This only happens when our hearts desire is matched with the Lord’s.
Peter spells it out…
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
1 Peter 4:1-3 (NLT)
Are we ready to suffer for who and what we believe in? Peter says if we actually have physically suffered by conscious choice to stand with Jesus, we have reached the point where we are done with sin.
This doesn’t mean that we can’t or won’t sin, we are sinners and we will continue to sin until the Lord takes us home. Grace is multiplied to cover our sin. Being “finished with sin”, doesn’t mean we are immune to the flesh. We live in the flesh until God gives us our heavenly bodies which are free from all corruption, “you will be anxious to do the will of God.” Your prayers will reflect that attitude as well.
Prayer is powerful! Prayer is a total waste of time if we don’t believe God will do what our heart is asking him to do. We waste our time and our prayers go nowhere when we don’t demonstrate the faith that God requires us to have in His Word and in Him.
What Peter is talking about here is that when we reach this point, we no longer are in pursuit of every self-indulgent perk we can afford and even a few that we can’t afford. If we have grown to this point, our desire will be one of obedience.
Our changed position is that we cannot afford not to pursue that which God desires of us and we’ll do anything and everything to be obedient to him because we acknowledge His role of Lord and Master. The fact that He has been given ALL authority isn’t a casual comment to us, we see this as the affirmation that He is heir apparent to the throne of God.
God the Father isn’t going anywhere, He, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all eternal, but King Jesus will be crowned, and His kingdom will never end.
His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Isaiah 9:7 (NLT)
He is the creator and there is nothing that He is not capable of accomplishing. We have absolutely no reason to doubt him, therefore when we have those doubts, it’s not because of Him, it is because of us.
Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
Matthew 8:26-27 (NLT)
The disciples were just beginning to understand just who Jesus was. This wasn’t their first clue.
So, we are in good company when we display this weakness. It only becomes a problem when we realize our lack of trust and fail to leave that at His feet.
Pray specifically for that which you in good faith believe to be God’s will. Don’t pad our request with “If it be your will, Lord.” You know what God’s will is because His will is in His Word. We only have to look, trust, obey and pray.
“Seriously?” Yes, seriously!
In His Grace!