101 Magic Bullet Prayer

Many times in our lives we hope for “magic bullet” prayers which guarantee God would grant our requests. For example, we cry, “Papa, please help my car to start.” You know I need to get to work on time. You command me to work, and where You guide, You provide, so make it start right now! I claim victory in Jesus’ name!” If we could just say the right words and have deep enough faith He would give us what we want.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”   II Corinthians 12:8-9

If God always said, “Yes,” to our magic bullet prayers, we would feel compelled to pray over every difficulty we hear until we found the “magic bullet” that would finally convince God to solve every problem to our satisfaction. The responsibility for the problems of family, friends and even the world would weigh on us. Intense pressure would obligate us to find those just right prayers to achieve our view of “success”.

This sounds like perfectionism.

If we could persuade God to always say “Yes,” then we could manipulate God. To think we have this power over Him involves great pride. Continuing for some time in this thought, we would find ourselves trying to manage the whole world. That job is already taken.

“With great power comes great responsibility.” If we knew that with just the right prayer we could get a “Yes,” we would continually feel guilty for not spending all our time looking for “magic bullet” prayers. We would feel a severe demand to find that “magic bullet.”

God reigns over the universe, and He is not giving His job away. He will decide how to answer our prayers. Thank God for that! We are not in charge, He is. It would be “Heaven” in our view if we could get all our desires fulfilled. Heaven will be here—in God’s timing.

I thank God for the times He has denied my requests. That reminds me that I am not responsible for everything. God is in charge and that for our good.

Many of us have prayed hard and long for our hearts’ desires. We use every prayer we can think to apply to these situations. We claim God’s goodness and His power, and still, “No,” or, “Not yet,” is the answer. We cannot rush God. Any, “No,” except those with a time element, could be a, “Not yet.”

In His word, God says, “I will…” He will cause it to happen. We do not have the power to make God change the world. When we let God be the One in charge, we relieve ourselves of a burden that is not ours to bear. We give responsibility back to God by praying relinquishment. It may sound like this, “Father, I give this issue over to You, trusting in You to work Your will in this situation.”

Learning to accept my limitations in humility,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching/Shepherding Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.

We have a dream & need support and prayers.

Back to Outline at: http://www.livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com

55 First the Kingdom

The blood of Jesus cleanses us and makes us new.  We are precious, forgiven and holy in God’s sight.  He accepts us as His own children.  The blood of Jesus makes us a part of God’s kingdom.  What is this kingdom, anyway?  Kingdoms have kings and subjects.

“So do not worry, saying: ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:31-33

We typically hear the above verses in the context of God’s provision for our lives.  We hear the command, “Do not worry.”  However, for our purposes here, let’s focus on the directive, “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.”  What does this mean?  The word for first in the original context, means above all else, not simply first in a long list of priorities.  Seeking God’s kingdom is to be over all of what we do, think and believe.  His kingdom governs our lives, not just in church, but wherever we are.  God is the King, and we are His subjects.  “Seek first His kingdom” implies obedience.  God instructs and we follow.

What then about the blood of Jesus, grace, forgiveness and freedom from performance?  All true, yet so is obedience to God.  Our obedience does not give us access to His kingdom.  We enter the kingdom because of His grace and forgiveness.  The basis of our relationship with Him is the blood of Jesus.  God favors us.  In His favor, He calls us to lay down our own self-directed lives and instead live for Him.  He knows that we won’t do this perfectly.  He loves us all the same.  Even knowing our imperfections, He still calls us to obedience.

Yes, God does call us to lay down our self-directed lives.  He does want to direct us and exert His will in our lives.  Remember the Lord’s Prayer, “Your kingdom come.  Your will be done.”  We do not pray for our will to be done, rather we pray for God’s will to be done.  The kingdom is primarily about God, not us.  We find this hard to take.  This does not focus on self.  We want what we want when we want it.  In our culture today we expect to have it “my way”.  The kingdom is about God’s way.  We need to surrender our will to Him.

This is not all bad.  In submitting to God, we find that He cares for us.  We surrender our plastic pearls to gain real ones*.  Jesus gives us real life when we surrender our pretend lives to Him.  In Jesus, we find our true selves.  We find who we were meant to be.  We find our destiny in God’s will.  To Him be the glory, His kingdom come, His will be done!

Learning to submit to the King,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

Back to Outline:  http://www.livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com