Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Praying God's Will

I'm currently reading the book THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL by David Jeremiah. This is the second time for me to read this book. The first time was several years ago, so it really feels like the first time. I really enjoy reading this book. The author really makes Daniel more personable to me.
I wanted to share with you a passage from the book; one that has stood out above the rest (at least so far, I'm not finished reading it). It's from the 14th chapter entitled "Down on Your Knees". It reads:
"When Daniel read in the Book of Jeremiah that God was going to keep His people in captivity for seventy years and then release them, he believed it. Then a very strange thing happened. He began to pray that God would do what He was going to do. Wait a minute, if God's going to do it, why should we pray? At this point we discover one of the most tremendous principles about prayer.
God knows His plan, and even when He reveals His plan to us, He expects us to pray over that plan. The Bible says, 'If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of Him" (1 John 5:14-15).
Sometimes I get the impression that I have misunderstood the meaning of prayer. Prayer is not to get God to change His will. If we really believe that the will of God is perfect, then why would we want Him to change it? Our prayers really ought to be prompted out of our deep understanding of what the will of God is. There are a lot of folks who go to prayer, not to ascertain the will of God, but to ask Him to do what they want. Prayer is not getting God to adjust His program to what we want, it is adjusting our lives to the revealed will of God. When we pray, it isn't God who changes, it's us. Maybe we've been looking for change at the wrong end of the cycle."

Well, there it is. Pretty good stuff, huh?


Terry said...

Good stuff. I have always liked David Jeremiah. I have listened to his radio program several times, but not on a regular basis. It's worth hearing, though.

Caryn said...

I like it!

Brenda said...

"Our prayers really ought to be prompted out of our deep understanding of what the will of God is".

I think this is one of the problems... not always having a deep understanding of His will in many situations. I think my prayers are God's will, in my mind and understanding they look like they are, and I pray that they align with His. But we all know His ways and His understanding are far above ours. For me, this isn't as cut and dried as it might be for others.

David Jeremiah's church is just down the freeway from my house about 30 min. I've heard him on the radio and I like his teaching, but never heard him preach in person. I've been to a couple Christmas programs there though. And wow, they put on amazingly professional programs.