I Want What God Wants - Part 1
I believe that God’s promises are true and certain; and if I was willing to walk closely on the path that He prescribed for me, the big mistakes that I am prone to make in life would be far less likely. And according to God’s Word, my life on Earth would be filled with promise, and I could be assured of an ‘Eternal Life with God and Christ in Heaven.
My responsibility was to sync my thinking with God’s plan for my life; a simple concept, but not so simple to adopt and follow. I must admit, it took some time to get comfortable with the idea of giving up control of my daily life... this philosophy and course of action are NOT EASY for humans to consider; myself included. But when I finally took this spiritual leap, I discovered that my life did change for the better. It wasn’t what Allen thought was best anymore; it was what God knew was best for me.
I gradually lost the concern about the big decisions that we all face in life; if His ways were higher and better than my ways, I needed to be confident that life was going to be better if I was willing to be ‘ALL IN’ with Christ, rather than being right sometimes, and sometimes wrong. I also discovered that He was right all the time (remember, He knows the beginning from the end... and the end from the beginning). I do slip from time to time, but His Holy Spirit is gracious enough to remind me when I do.
One of the difficulties many Believes tell me about is not feeling comfortable about their prayer life. They don't know where to start or even what to say; should they sit, stand, or lay flat on their face? Should they ask for things they need, or should they pray for what others need? And where should they go when they pray? These are all great questions. When I need to pray about a big decision, I retire to my ‘PrayerCloset’; that’s the best place I know of to meet with God-and-Christ. For myself, I began by thanking God for all His blessings in my life and the lives of my family members; I also let Him know how much I love and appreciate Him for who He is and for all that He has created. Then, I like to thank Jesus for His Sacrifice; His Forgiveness, and Salvation in my life. Then, I always ask for His forgiveness for any unconfessed sin, that may be lingering in my life.
You’ll be amazed as to how fast thoughts come to your mind if you ask Him to remind you. And when someone asks me to pray with them; I never wait to do it later. I know from experience, that I’m likely to forget. Instead, I ask the person if they will pray with me right there and then. That way I can’t forget. So, whether in person or on the phone, pray with them immediately...this also lets them know that you care about them;(remember, God loves commitment and efficiency).Psalm 37: 4, tells us that when we ‘Delight in the Lord, He will give us the desires of your heart.’Does that mean we can give God our list of what we think we want or need?... IT DOES NOT. He already knows what you need, so stop asking for the same things over and over. Instead, thank Him for what He’s doing to improve your life; and not be concerned about when He’s going to answer your prayers.
Remember, His timetable is always perfect; He knows exactly when you need something. Besides, if Jesus were to accommodate us on our timetable, He would be less like God and more like a genie or a magician. They are not our Heavenly Butlers............