The Will of God

Here is a great day-starting word from The Word from Pastor Johannes.  Enjoy!

Prayer is a powerful thing. It allows us to make our request known to God. Prayer also enables you to ask for the things that you are not able to do. That is what brings us to today’s text.

[23] Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. [24] Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:23-24 ESV)

This always blew my mind as a kid thinking I can tell mountains to move and it will move - WOW!! That made me think, “Man, if I ask God with good intentions and thinking things through and ask with faith that I want the best job there is available or that my pain would go away He would do it". There are people building Churches on this “don’t doubt and believe that it is done already”. This takes some big faith right? There is one thing missing …….

Allow me to share another story. I grew up in a small farming community and people would always gather at the local farming supply store where farmers made plans and scheduled meetings and talked about their dreams for the week and year. Dad would join in this conversation and he would always end his sentences with “Lord willing” or “God permits” that is also found in Hebrews 6:3 And this we will do if God permits.

When we pray and ask all these big things of God, if you are like me, you normally not only ask but you kind off tell God this is what I want and how I would like it to play out. This is you telling God I made a plan that I cannot do by myself so please follow my instructions because I believe you can. This is not the way to do it is it? So what I want to challenge you today is to always add to the end of your request Lord if it is your will or Lord your will not mine. We see this in the model prayer Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

When you end your prayer and center the request within your prayer with 'Lord your will and not mine' you are saying ‘God, I believe that you have my best interest at heart and I have faith in your answer'.

Lord your will and not mine …….