7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. - John 15:7-8
If we abide in Him, and we allow His words abide in us, we can be confident that anything we ask for will be done. When we are abiding in Him, we are being obedient to His Word, and when He is abiding in us, His Word is stored in our hearts. We are in tune with Him, our thoughts are turned toward Him, we feel His presence. When He abides in us and we abide in Him, we can ask whatever we wish and it will be done. God is not our genie in a bottle, but we can ask for whatever we wish because our wills have become aligned. What we want becomes what He wants when we submit our lives to Him.
Sometimes prayer changes our situation, but more often, prayer changes our hearts as we start to pray more in line with what God wants than what we want. God uses prayer to fabricate His will in our lives because prayer puts us in a place where He can work on us. When we pray according to our own will - when we go to Him with a list of requests for how we want Him to fix our lives, our hearts have a difficult time hearing Him through the noise. At these times, our hearts can only see one solution, and we anxiously present our requests to God as the way out of our trials. When we are praying according to His will, we pray in submission to His will - that's why we pray “Your will be done." When our posture of heart is one of true submission, our hearts are soft, and God truly transform us into who He wants us to be. He can grow us into more loving, compassionate, gentle, serving people who prove to be His disciples when we our wills are aligned with His will.
While it's true that God created each of us with specific desires, and placed in relationship with specific people because He wants us to pray for them...there are times He draws us to prayer about a specific person or situation because He needs to work on our own hearts. We may be praying about a difficult co-worker or family member, but God wants to reveal a blind spot to us or perhaps grow our compassion through our prayers. Perhaps we are praying for a specific situation to end favorably with our children, but God brings peace to our hearts as He assures is He is answering our bigger prayer of salvation for them. There is so much transforming power in the words “Your will be done” when you speak them from the heart.
Early in this diagnosis, I bought a t-short that reads “and if not, He is still good.” I wear it all the time because the words have such power to remind me of His sovereignty in my trial. There are things I would like to see happen, there are specific requests I have brought to Him as I’ve moved through treatment, but I always end my prayers with submission to His will. And when I do, He brings me such peace to trust and accept His plan is best. He is softening my heart, He is transforming me, He is strengthening me.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
Popular posts from this blog
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. - Psalm 73:25-26 What believer would not want to experience the kind deep devotion to God found in these verses? This kind of loyal commitment is the desire of every person of faith....yet it eludes so many of us. If you've been a believer for long, you know there are times it does not come easy. There is a great price involved in reaching the kind of faith found in these verses. This level of commitment is only achieved through fierce struggle. The battle between Spirit and flesh is constant, but it is in the battle that we are strengthened when we choose to lean in and trust God, to turn to Him for our strength in the battle, and to keep our eyes fixed on Him despite what the world throws at us. Asaph wrote these words only after a difficult and confusing crisis of faith. He was tempted to com
I am a believer in Christ, and I have breast cancer. On August 17, 2017, I was diagnosed with an aggressive (HER2+), recurrent (hormone negative) type of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. At this point, they have not yet staged my cancer because they are waiting for the biopsy results from a suspicious spot in the second breast. The biopsy is scheduled for September 5th, with a lumpectomy to follow on September 7th. They will formally stage my cancer after they biopsy my lymph nodes, which will be taken during the surgery. It doesn't make any sense to me that I have a cancer diagnosis - I am a fairly healthy woman who runs 2 miles almost every day and eats a gluten-free, primarily paleo diet, with no family history at all. But it makes sense to God, and so here I am. Update ~ They found 4 isolated invasions during the lumpectomy. Due to the nature of my cancer (HER2+ and ER-), the recommended protocol is chemotherapy and radiation. Beginning in October, my chemotherapy regime
When we launched our new blog we had no idea if anyone would see it or be helped by it, but we knew that the LORD was prompting us to step out in faith and just do it. The response has been amazing and we are looking forward to how God will use this space for His glory. We have learned over many years of service in a variety of ministries, that God does not require human assistance to realize His plans for individuals, churches, nations, or the human race. But the story of the bible is the story of God’s will playing out through the words and actions of the His children. So…we pray, meditate on his Word, and write from the heart about the truths that mold our faith, guide our actions, and inspire our hearts and minds. Please visit the site and subscribe to continue receiving posts. https://graceinmarriage.com/ It is our sincere hope that you are blessed by our work here and welcome your input on how we can make Grace in Marriage even better. Thank you for your support.