As I'm tuned into prayers I hear, "God please send rain". "God please stop this pain". "God please develop my ability to ... " "God please do this...." "God please help me get this....". And I wonder, do we stop to ask God what he may have us to do?" See, as a person that is searching for God's leading, I wonder if I myself might be doing things backwards. I mean really I'm looking for this amazing journey with God. I've always been a morning person and excited to get up and see the gifts God had waiting for me, yet I woke up with my own agenda and prayed that God would make sure that things went my way throughout the day. Many times he would so I would be ecstatic about God, but other times he wouldn't and I would be disappointed and feel like "God didn't love me". Maybe I had swore that week, or yelled at the boys, perhaps I had had bad thoughts about someone and God wasn't going to answer "yes" until I did better or learned the lesson he wanted me to learn so I could grown stronger in my faith. You know... sometimes God says yes, sometimes, no, and sometimes wait...
But what if I was not asking the right questions to getting a yes... What if I wanted all of God's answers to be yes and Amen? What would I need to do? Would I need to be a better Christian, or would I need to ask the right questions. How do you get God to say "yes" to everything you ask?
Maybe the answer is...."Ask the right questions".
This morning I prayed, God, "what would you have me do today? God let my attention be on you. Let me be extra sensitive to your leading and your direction. God please open doors that you have laid out for my life, please teach me how to draw closer to you, to be led by you. Let me be less sensitive to my own wants and temptations. Give me a heart like yours."
I think about those of the Bible. Like Abraham, Mary, Moses and others. For instance Mary...did she pray that God would allow her to be the mother of his Son? Or did Mary pray to do God's will? Did Abram ask God to send him out into the wilderness to give him direction and let him be successful, or did Abram obey God's direction? Matter of fact, what happened when Abram came up with the idea to tell the Kings Sarai was his sister... did God bless him? What about the pillar of fire and the cloud. Did Moses tell God where he wanted to go and God led them, or did Moses follow God's leading?
I'm going for God's leading in my life. So for me, I'm going to start asking for God's agenda. I'm not going to rely on mine. In my opinion, Church should look like that... God's agenda instead of mans. It's a journey, a gift, a surprise...and will always lead to God's best and God's yes!
Bible Study Reference: Exodus 13, Luke 1, Genesis 12