WHAT ABOUT PRAYER?
Prayer is more than an opportunity to place our requests.
It is similar to a relationship in which two people interchange a conversation and come to conclusions.
This is why He says in Isaiah;
Isaiah 1:18 – 18Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.
You often hear me speak about the will of God; this is how we arrive to the perfect will of God:
God’s will then is a day becoming a week, becoming a month, and then eventually a month becomes a “God’s will” year. And through each daily obedience,
He is making you into the right person, who will be at the right place, at the right time, with the right people.
WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT PRAYER CAN EITHER BECOME A SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO DO, OR A CONVERSATION WE WANT TO HAVE WITH GOD!
This will always be determined by where you and I live.
Just like when there is a choice of whether or not we want to receive Christ, there is always a choice of whether or not we want to remain with Him. This is a daily choice, not just a onetime choice.
These seeming little choices are the ones that pull us closer or away from God!
Hence the Scriptures that reads;
Joshua 24:15 – 15And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord
Colossians 3:24 – 24Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).
Luke 12:37 – 37Blessed (happy, fortunate, and [o]to be envied) are those servants whom the master finds awake and alert and watching when he comes. Truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them recline at table and will come and serve them!
This daily conversation is what makes us sensitive to the voice of God! Also, it is in the very conversations that we have with God that conviction comes requiring changes. The more we yearn to be closer to God, the more changes that are required!
When we fail to relate to Him this way, we become our so called god, (which we know is not real, because all we do is revert to darkness and its ruler).
Paul understood this, hence the scripture;
Philippians 3:10 – 10[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power out flowing from His resurrection [[a]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
Exodus 33:13 – 13Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favour in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favour in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people.
Paul was not making this up, he was following the pattern of someone he knew. He knew God and effectively served Him.
Moses did the will of God under circumstances that would have destroyed others. He did this by staying faithful to what he knew would keep him in safety, and that was a personal relationship with God, doing what The Lord said at all times.
He learned to do this because he saw that when he didn’t, it cost him dearly.
Striking the rock caused him to miss out entering into the promise land, even though he did what he was called to do.
So here we find today that prayer and the will of God are intertwined, you cannot do one without it affecting the other.
Many times we forget that the purpose for prayer is not just to get answers, but it is to maintain a relationship and in obedience to what we hear we become more like Him!
2 Peter 3:14-15 – 14So, beloved, since you are expecting these things, be eager to be found by Him [at His coming] without spot or blemish and at peace [in serene confidence, [p]free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
15And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord [[q]His slowness in avenging wrongs and judging the world] is salvation ([r]that which is conducive to the soul’s safety), even as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the spiritual insight given him,
That we may know Him in the Power of His Resurrection!