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September 2014 God's Priorities in Prayer!

From My Life’s Journey                                                                                           September, 2014  

Topic: God’s Priorities in Prayer!

How can I reach heaven and elevate myself above the heaviness and weight of this world?  The answer is through prayerPrayer is an act of our will – a discipline – that puts us in touch with a living God who hears and answers prayers with His results.  Some may say, “I pray but I don’t get the answers I want.”  A misconception exists that the purpose of prayer is to get God to do what we want.  In actuality, the purpose of prayer is to align us with God’s will and His ways.  As His creations, we must yield to the fact that His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Is. 55:9).  Can you trust God by yielding to His priorities for your life and agree with Him through prayer?  Jeremiah 33:3 reminds us that God’s desire is to show us great and mighty things which we do not know. 

Although we are often mired in the here and now, God’s priorities are eternal.  Consider this:  From everlasting to everlasting, God is God (Ps. 90:2), and His Kingdom extends from generation to generation (Dan. 4:34).  In motion today is a story or saga that has spanned the ages.  During the time of your generation, you are involved in a grand story that involves the earth’s creation, the fall (mankind’s sin), redemption (Christ’s death to free us from sin), and shalom (the return to peace that God intended from the beginning).  We pray for this peace when we pray for God’s Kingdom to come: “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:9-10).  We pray that the atmosphere, the peace, and the ways of heaven be brought to earth. 

For some who primarily pray for money or other natural things, I challenge you to elevate your prayers to God’s priorities.  When His priorities are met, yours will be too (Matt. 6:33).  His priorities are linked to eternal purposes. 

Many of those I counsel tell me they pray.  As I ask additional questions, I normally find that some do not read their Bibles nor are they connected to the body of Christ in church fellowship.  As well, many have not turned from a life of sin.  To have well-roundedness in the Christian faith and express our love for Christ, it is important to practice disciplines that help us remain stable and balanced in the faith.  I cannot redefine what a cake is by calling something a cake and including only eggs.  Neither can we redefine our Christian faith to include (or leave out) whatever elements we want.  Our faith should include the Word of God (2 Tim. 2:15), regular fellowship with other believers (Heb. 10:25), and repentance or turning from sin (Acts 3:19).  When we include these disciplines, our prayers become stronger due to our obedience to God’s instructions.  We become grounded in the Word of God and through fellowship with true believers. 

Now that I’ve discussed being well-rounded in the faith, let me discuss three basics of prayer.  For one, consider praying the Word of God over your life when you pray.  That means praying while you’re reading scripture:  Stop to meditate on the scripture, and then pray about what you’ve just read.  The more your words actually include the written Word of God, the more your prayers will align with His thoughts and plans.  Did you know that God says He works with you to confirm His Word (Mark 16:20)?  Even the angels hearken to the voice of the Word (Ps. 103:20).  What a privilege to pray the Word of God!  As you align your prayers with God’s Word, you tap into His will.  After praying, relax and don’t worry (Phil. 4:6-7). 

Secondly, allow God to move as He wills in a situation.  Sometimes we expect God to move in only one way, and we become disappointed when our will doesn’t unfold.  Never forget God is God, but also never forget that He is good, and all things work together for our good (Rom. 8:28). 

Overall, you want to fulfill your role in this grand story of the ages.  In your generation, what role has God given you?  Personally, I am called by God in my generation to be a master teacher, a counselor, and an intercessor.  In my prayers, I pray scriptures that request God’s help in bringing into alignment all parts of my life to fulfill my assigned role in this age.  Moses fulfilled his role; Jesus fulfilled his; and I desire to fulfill my role in God’s great plan.  What about you?  As we fulfill our roles, all will be provided for our lives (Matt. 6:33).  Consider this and pray higher!

Thirdly, as we pray according to the Word, live holy, and stay connected to other believers, our prayers have a foundation and a power in God that actually changes situations and even changes us.  Through prayer, we can see things through different eyes – God’s eyes.  God begins to expand us, grow us up, and prepare our hearts to receive the fullness of what we have requested.  As I ask God to do things for me, I find that He makes changes in me  His priority appears to be that I finish my Kingdom assignment within my generation.  That is also His priority for you.  Elevate -- pray higher.  Fight a good fight through prayer, finish your course, and keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7)! 

Ever onward, ever forward!

Dr. Iris Barrett