Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
Every person has many thoughts as to what should or should not happen. Most often these thoughts are dealing with their own personal lives. Others have thoughts about situations that they know about and often don’t have any control over.
The common factor in choosing or desiring what should occur is how much the action effects the individual with the thoughts. The more it affects the individual, the more he wants it done his way, rather than some other way.
During His teaching on how to pray, Jesus told the disciples to pray that God’s will be done here on this earth in the same way it is done in heaven.
One of the most important things that occur when someone chooses to follow Jesus, is that he allows God to be in total control. In order for one to follow Jesus he must be willing to deny self and allow Him to lead the way. It becomes all about Jesus and His kingdom, not self.
Having it all about God is best because God knows what is best for every person involved. An individual may think he knows what is best for a situation, but it is God’s way that is truly best. When the believer realizes this, he will pray as Jesus taught, that God’s will be done, not his own personal desires.
The believer must be willing to ask God for anything, but at the same time, be willing to let God make the final call. Too many people get upset when God does not do it their way. They must remember that it is not all about them and their desires, but about God and His kingdom. God works in ways that is best for everyone.
You may be praying to God about some situation in your life and have a desire for a certain outcome. There is nothing wrong with that desire, but be willing to let God be in control and have His way be done. God will work the situation in a way that will be the perfect way for you and everyone else.
This action of God’s may or may not appear good right now, but you must know in your heart that it is the best. Seek and pray that it is always God’s desire that occurs in every situation in your life and on this earth.
Today I pray that you will seek God in prayer every day; that you will seek God’s desire in your life; that you will allow God to be in total control; and that you will do what God wants of you in every situation.
“Look at the nations and watch–and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” Habakkuk 1:5
Every so often one person will completely amaze those around him or those who know him. He will do something very different, completely out of normal character for him. Sometimes that action will be of good character, while other times it can be something terrible.
As things like this occurs, people are amazed and often cannot really believe what had happened, even when they see the action themselves.
Habakkuk had just asked God why He tolerates all the violence, why God is not answering his prayers. God’s answer was that He was about to do something so great that it would amaze him. The answer was that God was going to use the heathen enemy to answer their prayers.
To this day millions of people are asking God the same question about violence. They are also asking God many other questions about many other issues in life.
Often when people pray, asking God for some answer, they are expecting God to answer in a certain way. God, being God, is able to answer in thousands of different ways than one may expect. He always answers with the perfect answer in consideration of every one involved and in light of eternity.
The best thing a believer can do is to trust God to answer in His time and His way. God’s ways of thinking and acting are always above those of any person. It is common for God to use the enemy, even the worst of enemies, and his actions for His purpose, for the good of those who love and serve Him.
There will be times when you have questions or requests of God. When you do, you must trust God’s way to answer you. Know and understand that God is for you and not against you. God only wants what is best for you. He wants what will draw you closer to Him and make you more like Jesus in holiness and righteousness. God will do anything to make that happen.
As you sit back and watch God work in your life and in the lives of those around you, you will be amazed. God will do things in different ways, but with much better results. Allow God to do what He does best.
I pray today that you will trust God with your life; that you will seek God’s way of doing things; that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; and that you will trust God with how He answers your prayers.
Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come! Amos 6:1
As people gain large bank accounts and retirement funds, they begin to feel very secure. They feel as if they have ‘made it’ and are set for the rest of their life. It is what many strive for and dream of day after day. It gives them a peace of mind and they begin to rest in it, no longer having to work and fight for what they desire.
Hosea tells the people that when they are complacent and secure, there is problems coming. The leaders of Israel were acting in this way and were to see trouble.
Feeling secure is a desire of most people, both believers and non-believers. They want to ‘know’ that they have arrived and are successful.
It is common for many believers to begin to feel this way in their journey with God. Everything is going well and they begin to stop praying, stop reading God’s word, and stop praising and worshipping God. They begin to feel secure in where they are with God, rather than continuing to grow in line with God.
As this happens, many often begin to fall backwards. Sins begin to be allowed into their lives that had formally been avoided at all costs. They begin to no longer hear God’s voice or His Holy Spirit working in their lives, because they had ‘made it’.
This is complacency. It is being content with where one is at. It is a dangerous place to be. Once a person is there, it is easy for the enemy to take over. God does not like complacency. He wants a person to be hot or cold, not in the middle. No matter how far a person has come, there is still more room to grow more like Jesus.
Take a moment to look at your life. Have you become content with where you are in your walk with God? Do you feel as if you have ‘made it’?
Ask God where you need to grow and then begin to actively pursue God and His ways. Measure yourself up against Jesus and then begin to strive to become just like Him.
Do not allow yourself to become complacent and secure with where you are. It is a place of downfall and destruction.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live more like Jesus every day; that you will walk more with God each day; that you will seek the things of God; and that your life will be a witness of who Jesus is.