Where there’s a will there’s a way…?
Definitely where there’s God Will there is a way.
But are we guaranteed to have things as we’d desire based upon our willing it into existence?
Of course not.
I think any sober minded believer who has read at least portions of the Bible could attest to the fact that God’s will is what will be done. However, there is a bit of angst as it comes to asking for whatever in Jesus’ name and having Him, Jesus himself, do it for us.
John 14:13 however, also includes a follow up phrase, ” so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Could it be asking in His name is not the only caveat to successful prayer? Could our motives play a part?
I am continually challenged as I read the prayers of believers in the Bible that my prayer life is weak sauce. I read about believers praying for hours at a time. I read about believers praying for fire to come down, droughts to end, and so much more. I read about prayers for healing for others, and miraculous provision….and yet find my own personal prayer journey with The Lord a pale reflection of that. I am not saying that God has not come through in my life in HUGE ridiculous ways. The truth is, there are too many to list in a short blog post, but I can’t help but feel there is another level of prayer and kingdom wins that I am missing out on.
I am sensing that one piece of my prayer walk that is lacking is my heart. I pray heart felt prayers, but in retrospect, I feel too often my prayers have me and my reasons at the center and not the glory of God.
I go back to that phrase, “so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” My prayers are more so that my plans will succeed…so that my faith is validated…so that my family life is easier… so that my dream is realized….so that …etc, etc.
I am not saying that I have unlocked some secret code to getting God to do what you want. His ways are not my ways and thoughts are not my thoughts. His ways are infinitely higher and subject to no man. I do know that God will give us the desires of our hearts, but first as we’ve submitted to Him, he will give us His desires. He will begin to cause us to want more and more what he wants. For me, today is just another day closer to my heart’s alignment with His, realizing that I am most effective in prayer when I am praying for what God wants, for the reasons that he wants it.
“so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
I pray that as you’ve read this, you are getting one step closer to aligning the heart of your prayer to His. If you feel your prayers are fully aligned, it is possible that you are delusional or that you aren’t praying for everything on your heart…or maybe I’m just expecting everyone else to be more on my level.
Reality is: only God knows your heart and the WHY of your prayers. Just consider this as most of my blogs, a simple reminder.
Be blessed and be a blessing.