PrayerConnect for March 7, 2017

The Point of Release for the Miraculous

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Anyone educated in prayer knows that you must pray the will of God for the request to be answered. Praying otherwise is ineffective, no matter how right it sounds to us. Sometimes however, we pray according to the will of God and become frustrated when that prayer is not answered.
We know that part of the will of God is preaching to the lost. Yet, Paul was sometimes denied by the Spirit to go to an area to preach. Does this contradict the mission and will of God? David was king, and often battled the enemy as God had told him. He could have assumed he had the authority, as king, to go against whatever enemy he came upon. Yet, he asked God’s direction each time. Was that necessary if God had already directed him to conquer the enemy?
Often we perceive that we know the will of God, and we act upon it as such. But the will of God doesn’t always look the same in every situation. David could have assumed he was to always go up against the enemy. However, there was a time God told him “no”.  It was God’s will for him to be victorious, but not in the way that David might assume from his past experiences.
How often during our times of prayer do we ask, “God, what do you want in this matter?” Or do we just assume we know His will for the moment and pray according to our mind, instead of according to the Spirit? Do we ever ask, “God, what do you want me to pray for today?” The more we seek His heart, the more we find His will for the moment. In the end we achieve greater results because we are doing “nothing of ourselves.”
Look at what happens because Jesus did exactly what He received from His Father. “For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel” John 5:20. If we want these greater works, if we want to be the point of release for the miraculous, then we need to get God’s perspective for the moment, and not use God’s will from yesterday.
Colleen Clabaugh
Kids & Youth Prayer Coordinator
World Network of Prayer