|" If you believe, you will receive whatever |
you ask for in prayer." Matt 21:22
As I talk about the ideas God has placed on my heart, I'm often trying to work out the plan in my mind, mulling over the details as I talk about it. There are many times that the Lord brings clarity through many counselors--Pr 15:22 tells us that "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed." Still, our first and best Counselor is the Holy Spirit.
It's easy to lean on human wisdom but it can become foolish if that's the primary wisdom we seek. It's harder to hear what God has to say to us. People are always happy to put their two cents in, usually whether we want it or not. Listening for what God has to say has to be an intentional choice and it's a crucial part of prayer. It requires the disciplines of being still and going to the Bible. It requires closing our own mouths and opening our ears. It's a lot of work--it is, in fact, the work of following Him. Look closely at John 6:28 and 29:
28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?" 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
If we really believe He is the one who does the work; He is the one who creates the plan; He is the one who puts the pieces in place--then the real work is just seeking out what He has already prepared. That kind of ministry life is one rife with miracles and God's handiwork.
I've got work to do...