Part 107 (Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith).
The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh various inspired thoughts on prayers on another blessed day.
1. Young or carnal Christians are ones who primarily trust in the Lord because their desires or prayers usually get answered in an acceptable way and timing. But matured or spiritual Christians are those who have learnt to trust the Lord; even in the face of seemingly unanswered prayers, because they value the salvation of their souls above the economic-correctness of this present life (1Pet. 1:9, Jam. 1:21). They go about their needs in ways that leads to their spiritual growth, and end up leaving their generation better than they met it (Ps. 22:30).
2. The Lord has no issue promptly answering some of our legitimately natural or spiritually looking or related prayers, but He needs us to appreciate that His response to such must be with due consideration of His programme of saving our souls (Ps. 74:12). So, a lot of time when we claim we are waiting for God to answer our prayers, He is actually waiting for us to make some heart adjustments that should see us faithfully handle such blessings or additions (*Isa. 30:18).
3. Some of our pressing prayers are according to our short term desires or, simply, our short sightedness; not according to God’s long term vision of handing us our eternal inheritance (Heb. 9:15). So, if the Lord should go by such prayers, His plan to ultimately bring us into His rest would suffer; and the spiritual wellbeing and ultimate fulfilment of our soul would be jeopardised (3Jn. 1:2). Most delays and/or denials to our prayers are therefore actually in our best interest, so that our future in God can be preserved.
4. Our needs, human weaknesses, soulish inifirmities or imperfections can become one of the best assets in the hand of the Lord, if only they drive us to the Lord, and they keep doing so until we receive all the comfort or enlightenment that the Lord has concerning it in the place of prayers. So, our needs are actually medium for the Lord to treat our ignorance or enlighten our darkness, or heal our soul (Ps. 18:28, Matt. 13:15).
5. The power of an unanswered prayer – like Paul’s – is a power that should see us become strong in the power of God’s might and also in His sight, while looking weak in the sight of men (2Cor. 12:6-10/11:30). It should help us search our hearts and take our eyes off ourselves, off men and off things; and then solely and reverentially place them on the Lord, so we can enjoy fresh supplies of strength/grace (Isa. 40:31, 2Cor. 1:8-9).
6. One sincere prayer that we made as young believers; while still grossly ignorant of scriptures was that God should use us mightily. A good clue that such ignorance has been dealt with in a good measure, is when we now, rather, ask the Lord to break and make us into vessels fit for His use; who can serve Him acceptable (Heb. 12:28). The passion to serve God without knowledge cannot only be misdirected, but it can become a good tool in the hands of the enemy (Lk. 1:74).
May we find grace to see and approach prayers in the same way that our Lord Jesus and His apostles did, so we can have their soul-impacting, generation-altering results. Amen.
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