Posted by: missionventureministries | August 17, 2010

AM I PRAYING WITH DISCERNMENT?

George Mueller’s friends said he would not voice a petition without a “word from God” to support that request. In fact, Mueller never started praying until after he had spent time in God’s Word. He then prayed with an open Bible and filled his petitions with God’s promises. In George Mueller’s lifetime God gave him not only over a million sterling pounds, but also, Mueller believed, more than thirty thousand souls in answer to prayer.

In 1 Chronicles 5:22, God’s people won the war because the battle “was of God”. Whenever the Israelites sought the Lord regarding which battles to fight and then went at His command they always had victory. On the other hand, if they went without His leading they lost the battle.

Prayer is our battleground, and we, too, must expect God to help us know which battles are “of God.”

Sometimes the Holy Spirit lets us know our request would not fulfill His desire.  As we continue to pray, exact words may form in our minds, words that we recognize the Spirit is pleased for us to pray. It may simply be a heartfelt, “My deepest desire is for You Lord to be glorified in this situation.”

If that is our desire in prayer, we do not choose how God answers our request. George Mueller stated that we can know what to ask when the way God chooses to answer is so unimportant to us that we would not turn over our hand to change the outcome. Our concern is that the answer be His choice.

Our goal in prayer is to discover what God wants us to ask Him to do so He will be glorified. We have not come to tell God what to do, but to hear Him tell us what He wants to do.

Dear Lord, help me be aware when my prayer is not expressing a desire for You to receive glory.

“We do not know what we ought to pray…the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” (Romans 8:26, 27).

This is the famous letter Gerhard Tersteegen wrote to the Lord Jesus that should be the desire of all our hearts:

“From this day to all eternity, Your will, not mine be done. Command and rule and reign in me. I yield up myself without reserve, and I promise, with Your help and power, rather to give up the last drop of my blood than knowingly or willingly be untrue or disobedient to Your.”

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