We can thank God first, in every situation, because every problem we encounter comes with His provision attached to it. God has a plan and a purpose for us; He says that everything works together for those who love Him. That promise is a deep well of provision for us. Whatever calamity life throws at us, God can use it for our blessing and our benefit.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” Paul wrote in Romans 8:28. It is that attribute of God’s nature that makes it so critical for us to come to a place of thanksgiving. Continue reading
When crafting a prayer for yourself, it is important to ask God for an inheritance word. An inheritance word is usually passages of Scripture that He highlights and asks you to meditate on for long periods of time.
As a son or daughter of the Almighty, you have an inheritance, and God wants you to know what it is. Jesus Himself, after spending 40 days and 40 nights being tested in the wilderness (see Luke 4), returned to civilization and went straight to a synagogue. He opened the Scriptures to Isaiah 61 and proclaimed it as His inheritance. Continue reading
Prayer is not meant to be used like a fisherman’s net to trawl for the will of God. Instead, we use prayer to pray the will of God, and that brings us into a place of faith and proclamation. We grow in confidence in the will of God, as our prayers change us to be more like Him. We have decided to follow the process that God has ordained in the circumstances He has allowed to unfold. Continue reading
The will of God is to be for us, as we read in 1 John 5:14–15:
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that 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 the petitions that we have asked of Him.
With this in mind, we can set our hearts to joyfully endure. The Lord spends a lot of time and effort preparing our hearts to listen to His will. Through this process, we improve our ability to discover His voice, understand His heart, and detect His will. The tipping point in this journey comes when we learn to listen more than speak. When we are in the presence of God, we need to choose our words carefully. “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in Heaven, and you on Earth; therefore let your words be few,” says Ecclesiastes 5:2.
This will sound odd, but I think we sometimes do too much praying. If we would simply listen more, we would know exactly what to pray. Instead of using our mouths to try and find God’s will, we need to use the ears of our heart. By waiting on God, we will hear His word. We need to remain attentive. Listening is the chief part of prayer. Continue reading