How often I have longed to gather your children TOGETHER, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Luke 13:34
God delights to work in and through His imperfect children confounding the enemy who seeks to accuse them. Yet God chooses the foolish and weak to confound the strong(holds) and wise.
Even the Apostle Paul with his MOUNTAIN-MOVING FAITH and rock-solid obedience to God, said in 2 Corinthians 12:7,
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me.”
Paul knew the power of persistence in prayer and the necessity of having a clean heart, freely forgiving those who persecuted him. He knew the power of true humility and purity against the wiles of the devil.
When it SEEMS as if God is not answering a true believer’s prayers, it is not because He doesn’t hear or care – we have His Word at the CROSS “it is finished” as our assurance of faith.
John 3:16 is the cross demonstrating God’s love and forgiveness forever.
God is accomplishing a greater weight of glory in our lives THROUGH our sufferings and trials that is why He does not pull us out of them or remove them from us. (Just as Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”)
Unanswered or delayed prayers are growth opportunities!
God is weaning us off every poisonous “milk” of the world and deadly cravings of the “flesh” in order to raise up disciplined full grown sons and daughters in His love and likeness.
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. Matthew 16:19
God has everything we need that pertain to life and godliness in the knowledge of Him – true knowledge of God is trusting Him to do what He says and coming to Him, taking Him at His Word and pleading that Word back to Him.
Prayer is our MEANS of INVOLVING the Omnipotent God of the universe in our personal spiritual battle with Satan.
Prayerlessness actually is arrogantly saying we do not need God.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God is raising up perfected (mature, whole) sons and daughters in His righteousness, and lovingly disciplining and training us to become wholly holy as He is.
Are your troubles causing you to grow closer to Jesus and trust Him more?
Then rejoice for that is God’s grace working in power.
Whatever we ask for in prayer, we should also remember the prayer for grace:
“Lord, in my weakness, make Your strength perfect.”
“But he gives more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaks evil of his brother, and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law, and judges the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judges another? Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishs away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.”
In our HUMAN MIND, Satan attempts to TEMPT to dis-count what God is saying and if we heed his lying, suggestive voice, we can open the door to fear.
God commands us to fear not, only believe and we shall see the glory of God.
God is speaking through the PRECIOUS BLOOD of His Everlasting Son to this time and generation – be RE–Generated! Come back to the Father and LIVE!
I am listening Father, I am listening. Tell me Your plans for me, guide me with Your wisdom. Amen.