This week in my quiet time with G3 (the Son, Father, Holy Spirit) I stumbled upon a more refined definition of Prayer. The footnotes of a Study Bible I am reading, stresses that the purpose of prayer is really to learn about God’s will for me and to obtain the Power to be able to fulfill this will. REALLY?
Apparently, Prayer is not my attempt to change the will of God. Though, a tenacious believer can do just this…. (Remember Hezekiah 2 Kings 20:2-6)
And, Prayer is not attempting to conquer God’s reluctance to answer through persistence (Though this too can be accomplished).
Instead, Prayer is laying hold of God’s willingness to help. Prayer is an act of total confidence and assurance in the plan and purpose of God.
Every part of God’s plan for me is for my good. And when I go to God in Prayer it is an opportunity to learn more about God’s Plan for me.
I may want some things…and certainly my God promises to give all of us the desires of our hearts. But in my prayer time, I should seek above all else is to follow the path God has ordained for me. Psalm 34:7
So, if i want a new car, I can say to God, "I want a 2018 marshmallow white Dodge Challenger RT." But my request really should be secondary. I should really only crave what God wills for my life. Therefore, in my Prayer, I will convey to G3 that I’d love a new Dodge. But, and this is the important party, I trust HIM and I know that HE knows the best car option for me and that this car option can actually be "no car" at all. In this instance, even the "no car option" can be perfectly acceptable if it is God's will. Why? Because God is good and His plans for me are perfect!
ABOVE ALL ELSE, our daily prayer should be that God’s will be done here “on earth as it is in heaven.” This is not an easy ask, especially when God’s will goes against the plans I have set for myself.
I am learning more and more to TRUST God’s way wholly even when it goes against earthly logic; even when it makes no sense to me or my mentors/friends/advisors; even when it looks difficult and feels worse.
When we choose God’s way, He provides all that we need to be successful.
There is no struggle in God’s will. There is work. But no struggle.