Asking For Your “Whatsoever”
January 04, 2009
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Asking For Your “Whatsoever”
Prayer – I reread Who Is God over the Holidays and had to adjust my approach to prayer. The written goal for my relationship with God was:
I want to improve my intercession and prayer by responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I want to be in-season and in-tune continually.
That sounds good. We do want to seek the Kingdom first (Mt 6:33). I don’t want to turn God into a Santa Claus where I just list all my carnal desires and expect divine action. I want to suggest prayer is more than just discerning the will of God and praying it into reality. My prayer goal was very passive in this sense; If I didn’t hear anything from the Holy Spirit, I didn’t have anything to pray about. The real essence of mature prayer involves our initiative… our heart’s desires. Listen to Jesus words:
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10 NIV
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:7-8 NIV
Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:16 NIV
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 16:23 NIV
My Heart and God’s Heart – The reality of hearing God is this. There are certainly times when we get very specific guidance and act on it and see the fruit of walking with Jesus. However the norm is that God guides us in general directions and waits for us to take some initiative to define our part. He’s looking for relationships. That means you and I have to bring something to the “relational” table in the way of initiative. The relationship He’s longing with you and I is much deeper than simple obedience. God is looking for people that share His heart; people that see the direction and fill in the blanks with the desires of their own heart.
Silence – Here’s the hard reality that impacts our theological premises for prayer. If you wait for God to guide every step you’re going to make a lot of foolish mistakes. He simply doesn’t guide every step. This is particularly common in the charismatic/prophetic camp (of which I am a part). We can hear God really well – so well that we occasionally have to invent things we think He’s saying when it’s silent. We don’t have a theology for silence. We don’t have a theology that supports initiative or operating out of our heart’s desire either.
Start the conversation – Most of our mistakes are not on the side of presumption. We miss God most for being passive. He’s waiting for us to learn to ask “whatever.” He’s waiting for us to learn to act. Before you make a prayer list or a to-do list or set goals, have a conversation with the Lord. Talk to him about your own heart’s desires and plans. The real beauty of having goals and a prayer diary is that we show initiative but we continually review our course with the Father and make adjustments on the way. We don’t operate independently from God but we do extend and implement His purposes through our involvement in the Kingdom.
God has designed the Kingdom so that His power is operating through our heart’s desires and requests. He gets glory when we speak to mountains and cause them to move! He’s thrilled when we come up with a new idea… Think about it – If we can’t offer a new idea, we’re really just robotic instead of relational. God isn’t looking for a relationship with an obedient computer. He’s decided He wants you… to be a King.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Eph 3:20-21 NIV
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Prov 25:2 NASU
Get it? – Kingdom doesn’t start until we cross the threshold with a personal agenda. Obedience alone won’t get us past being a servant. Our call is to be a friend. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. What does that make us?
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:15-16 NIV
Bless your 2009,
John and Sue www.Releasing-kings.com
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