By prayer, we become part of God’s work. If we don’t pray, His plans will still be accomplished, but we wont have the privilege of being part of them.
When kids ask for candy, we don’t always say yes. As parents, we don’t give our kids everything they want all the time. We give them gifts at appropriate times, and we also teach them to work and to express gratitiude.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Prayer sharpens your senses and increases your ability to hear His voice.
Psalm 143:10 NIV
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Ever notice how many people seem to be running red lights these days? Prayer is like roads with lights – sometimes you stop, sometimes you go. Likewise, some doors are shut and some are open. The doors that are shut are just as important as the ones that are open. Don’t be angry at them – be grateful for them.
God doesn’t need anyone’s opinion. Rather, He is looking for obedient hearts.
Galatians 1:15-16 NIV
But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.
You receive confirmation from people, but direction comes from God. Turn to God first, through prayer. He won’t tell you the wrong way to go because He IS the right Way!
John 14:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
God knows us. God loves us. As long as we are full of ourselves, there will be no room for Him. But when our hearts are soft, when we come to the end of ourselves, when we humble ourselves, He is able to fill us with His presence. He is able to make us a part of His work in this world.
John 9:30-34 NIV
The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
The man had been healed by Jesus and was telling the spiritual intellectuals that they should know who Jesus was because God had answered Jesus’ command to heal the man’s blindness.
Mary conceived God’s promise through faith. She carried His promise with hope. We can learn from how she prayed: Hear God, respond to God, and become obedient to His voice.