Seeking Out God’s Will

Posted on June 11, 2011

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“Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or
‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
…For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and these things shall be added to you.”

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of
 your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him,
and He shall bring it to pass.”

I’ve been learning a lot about prayer lately, and God has been pushing me deeper and deeper into this area. This is a small portion of what I’ve been learning recently… I thought I’d pass it your way, and I hope God uses it in your life as well. This is what God has been speaking to me about:

I’m finding prayer boils down to this: When we cry out to God, we need to seek God firstly and lastly for who He is. That is, we need to seek His presence and where He is going. Finding out who God is and what He is doing precedes jumping into doing His will and hearing His voice. Let me expand on this a little:

Our prayers should not be how God will fit into our plans, or even put an emphasize on our own lives, instead they should about Him and how we can fit into His work that’s already in play all around us. We need to develop a familiarity, knowledge, and intimacy with God before anything else. When we seek God for who He is and what He’s doing, two things happen: we grow in Him and we find out where we fit into His plan. This in essence becomes His plan for us as we lay ourselves down before Him to use us as He wills. As God shows us what He’s doing in this world, we find out where we fit in. And, as we grow deeper into Him, we can’t help but follow. Whatever work He shows us becomes empowered by Him and not by our own strength. It becomes Christ himself working through us, that is if we lay ourselves before Him in obedience to what He shows us. But, notice it doesn’t start by asking, “But God, what about me? What do You have in store for me?” It starts at seeking God and building a relationship with Him, and developing a mindset toward Him. It starts there because God is about building a relationship with us; the essence of everything He does is love. When our thinking becomes aligned with God and the ways of Jesus, He can use us in powerful ways. And, when we understand that God’s plans reach far outside our own selves and His plans for me, I believe great advances will be made in this world and for God’s kingdom.

As Christ followers, I think it is safe to say that we want to serve the Lord. And, sometimes we are at a loss of how to do so. I’ve been there… actually I am in that place right now and I’ve found myself falling into the following pattern. We ask God, “What are Your plans for me?” or “put certain things in my life into place so I can get to this place I’ve got in mind at this time.” There is nothing wrong with wanting and asking God to use our lives and to ask for Him to take control and be our provision, and things along those lines. But, why are we a part of the equation for finding out God’s will? It is almost as if, in the whole scheme of things, the “for me” is the focal point of the prayer, the part that needs to be solved. Not that God is a God that fits into equations, but the end to all, our destination and answer to our equation, should be God’s glory. And, that only comes by seeking God, finding out where He’s going, and becoming a part of where He’s heading, and ultimately pushing together with Him as our strength to His victory and glory.

May His kingdom come through us as we seek His face and fit into His work.

(As a side note: Henry T. Blackaby’s “Experiencing God’ has been a great read thus far, and has a lot of growth. God has been using this book a lot in my life.)

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