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Praying to Hear

by Ernest Martinez

Prayer must be according to God’s will not according to our own desires.

"Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator." 1 Peter 4:19

Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." James 4:15

Do you remember Jesus teaching His disciples to pray that "God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven"?

When we open our hearts in prayer and sincerely want to do God's will, He not only reveals His will to us, but gives us the authority and ability to accomplish His will.

"O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps." Jeremiah 10:23

The leaders of God’s people refused to seek God’s will, so they were destroyed. (See Jeremiah 10:22)

Prayer is constant communication with God

See Ephesians 6:10 - 18

The Armor was a defensive and offensive element during battle. But in order for the soldier to accomplish his task or "mission" he must be in constant contact will headquarters. He must continue to receive the latest Intel and mission directives. In other words, he must have a direct line to the commander.

We maintain this channel through prayer.

Jesus made it clear that our Heavenly Father knows what we need before we ask, but nevertheless we are commanded to pray.

Read Philippians 4:19

When we pray we pray according to God’s will according to fulfill His will, then He directs our paths and anoints His work.

What are some things we know are God’s will?

  1. That our faith might increase.
  2. That we overcome temptation.
  3. That people are reached with the gospel.
  4. That His church grow.
There are many more we could add. Loving each other, keeping from idolatry, etc.

So what can we do to receive God’s will?


How can we run the Church?

Through prayer.

How many of us pray for God's blessing on a project or idea before we seek the Lord’s will?

This week begin to just look at how good and awesome God is and begin to focus on Him rather than on your needs.

Ask Him for His will in your life and then keep your ears open to His voice.

You may not hear anything, be continue to pray.

When we direct our attention and make the Lord Jesus the center of our prayer and seek His will and continue steadfast in prayer, then we will begin to trust and believe in Him more and less ourselves. We will become wholly depended on Him.

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Published on: 2008-11-11 (6462 reads)

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