Prayer Changes Us…

(1 John 5:14-15)…The one thing I think many of us forget, when it comes to prayer, is that it’s not about persuading God, it’s about changing us. If we have a powerful prayer life, we’ll find that our lives will be changing. Part of the Holy Spirits work in our lives happens while we prayer. He not only makes our prayer acceptable to God but also works in our hearts to make our prayers fall in line with God’s will.

You’ll find that those that have the most changing going on in their lives, good change that is, probably have a pretty strong and consistent prayer life. And we’ll know when our prayers are what they ought to be because we’ll see how everything falls in line. The thing to be careful of is not to start thinking that all of this change and being in God’s will comes instantly. Part of God’s will is His perfect timing as well. We’ll never know what His timing is but we are promised that He has a plan for it all.

We really don’t have to worry about a thing, when we realize that God’s got a perfect plan for it all. And if we start making prayer a consistent part of our lives we’ll begin to see change in our lives, and we know that’s nothing to worry about as well!

Following God, Whole Minded

(1 Chronicles 28:1-21) God gave King David direction for him to pass on to his son Solomon. The most important thing that David expressed to his son was the need to keep his mind focused on following God’s calling in his life.

This same direction that David passed on to his son, we are also called to in our own lives. We may not have been called to serve as king over a nation, but God does call us all according to the plan He has for us. While we are living out His plan we are called to keep our minds focused on His will for our lives. There is amazing truth to live by, found in the scriptures. God calls us to live according to His word.

The real question for us each day is, how are we going to live our lives pleasing to God and following Him. In our work, or any other activities, we can be seen as under the direction of others, but ultimately we are still under the calling of God. We need to decide if we are going to put others direction above God’s. How can I keep God’s truth and calling as my focus today? I desire to give me work over to Him, so that it is not me that does the work but God who does the work through me.

Seeking God’s Will

(2 Kings 1:1-18) The message that seemed to be so evident in this passage is one of needing to seek God’s guidance above all for our lives. The king was seeking another God for answers and as the consequence was his death. God isn’t promising death to us all if we ever seek the guidance of anyone other than Him. However if we continually live our life ignoring God’s will for our lives above all then in the end we surely will be living apart from Him and have eternal death rather than eternal life. The guidance that we choose to follow will be evident to all those around us. Our call is to follow God above all.

Above All, Wisdom

(1 Kings 3:1-15) After David has passed away his son Solomon took his place as king over Israel. Solomon also followed the request of his father by seeking after God and following His commands. God was pleased with Solomon’s desire to follow Him and so offered to give him anything that he wanted. Solomon’s heart shown through his request to God, he desired to be able to lead God’s people and be a good king in God’s eyes. Solomon’s request for wisdom was the kind of request that made God very happy. God gave Solomon the wisdom he asked for, but along with it came everything else he could have dreamed of asking.

The truth that God shares with us through Solomon is that, above all, we need only wisdom for our lives. If we seeks God’s wisdom for our lives everything else will be blessed as a result. None of us will ever have the kind of wisdom that God gave Solomon, however it should be the desire of our heart to seek out God’s wisdom in all areas of our lives. Our prayers to God should begin with a request for wisdom and all other things will be taken care of through it.