My friend, may I ask you a question? Since God already knows what we’re praying for and, for that matter, knows how He will answer our prayers, is it natural for us to say, “Why even bother? If God has it covered is there any reason for us to be asking?”
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Praying with confidence! Sometimes that’s hard to do when we know how little control we really have over our lives. How often have you felt hopeless as you prayed; confident God would hear you, but unsure that He would really do any- thing about it? More than any other factor affecting our prayers, this one stands out above all the rest. We pray, but lack any confidence in what we are saying. Like the feeling of being asked a question and thinking you know the answer but unsure when you give it, you meekly approach God with little hope and less surety. Perhaps the primary reason we often lack confidence in our prayer is that we know so much about God.
Since God already knows what we’re praying for and, for that matter, knows how He will answer our prayers, is it natural for us to say, “Why even bother? If God has it covered is there any reason for us to be asking?”
Here’s a story from preacher Adrian Rogers: Several years ago I was asked to preach by a congregation located hundreds of miles away. I accepted their gracious offer to have them fly me there, prepared my sermon and was picked up at the local airport. Since it was a small aircraft, I was given the copilot’s seat. After an hour or so in the air the pilot made me a startling offer. “Would you like to fly the plane?” I’d never piloted a plane before but the pilot convinced me that it would be fine since his controls were linked to mine. I grasped the wheel and placed my feet on the rudder. To my amazement I flew the plane never having had a flying lesson in my life. The key, however, was this: the pilot always had his hands on the wheel and feet on the rudder the entire time that I was piloting the aircraft. LIKEWISE, this is the secret of effective prayer; to pray with confidence upon the invitation of an almighty God who never takes His hands off the wheel or feet off the rudder of our lives. He’s always in control but expects us to take up the invitation to join Him at the controls, taking an active part in His plan for our lives. (Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding, May 17, 2004.)
When we pray with the knowledge that God expects us to take control of our lives, we introduce earnestness into prayer that He’s seeking and we will benefit from. Earnest prayer is bold prayer; prayer uttered from lips connected to a heart that believes all things will come to pass because our omniscient God is at the receiving end of that prayer. So, how do we pray with such earnestness? Pray like the deed is already done and the conclusion is already determined. Pray in a spirit of earnestness for it’s important to take control of your life as God is looking for us to sit beside Him as he steers the right course for our lives. He’ll never let go of the controls but He’s asking us to have the guts to sit in the copilot’s seat and fly with Him.
We pray. Gracious Father, we trust you to work in our hearts to fulfill your good purposes. Help us find our place in your story. Give us a greater desire for your glory than for our happiness. Fill us with joy and anticipation, as we surrender to your plans and timing. We know everything you purpose is good because everything you purpose has Jesus in view. Everything you do, Father, you do with the day in view when every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to your glory. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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