The Loudmouth Protestant

August 29, 2008

There It Is: Luke 22:42

Filed under: God,life,prayer — nickisym @ 2:38 am
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Prayer is an ongoing conversation between us and God. It’s a moment for us to speak to God and listen for what He will say. It’s a time for us, not to complain, but to give thanks for every good and perfect thing He has given us. It’s also a time for us to petition for our community, nation, the world and one other person we shouldn’t forget, ourselves. Sure it’s very easy for us to be saintly in our prayers and pray for everyone in the world but ourselves, but God also wants to know what’s on our mind and what are those things we would have Him address in our lives–although I should be clear that whether we address it or not, He will address all those things which concern us.

But one of the things Jesus is very clear about, is His need for people to lay their burdens on Him and for people to ask for those things which will bring glory to God’s kingdom, believe they have received and–in my own words–keep it moving.

Some people think it is foolish to ask for the things that they want because there are so many more pressing issues in the world. But, I think it’s foolish not to tell God about the things that you want in the midst of your intercessing for others. After all, a part of your intercessing for others is you telling God what you want him to do in the life of another–and you believe He’ll do it. So why not tell Him the works you’d like Him to do in your life?

Now God is no vending machine and we do not simply say a word and what we want comes tumbling down to us. He is a God who withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly(Psalm 84:11b). A God who is faithful to supply our every need according to his glorious riches(Phillipians 4:19). A God who is happy to give us that which we ask for iff–that’s if and only if–that which we ask for glorifies Him. It pleases Him to give gifts to His children and I dare go one step further and say it pleases Him when His children ask for things that they know can only be given by His hand–such as knowledge, wisdom and discernment. 

But lest I go far into this conversation of asking God for things in prayer, I wanted to highlight the core scripture that is the perfect example of someone asking for what they want but ended their prayer with God’s hand in mind.

Luke 22:42

“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Jesus prayed this prayer in the Garden of Gethsamane when His time on earth was coming to an end. He was enduring great tribulation at the moment and thought it not robbery to come to God in prayer and ask Him to relieve Him of the cup which held the bitter drink of death. Jesus, in His time of trouble, asked for what He wanted, but He remembered that “nevertheless” it was God’s will to be done and not His own.And this, I believe, is the key to coming to God in prayer. We can ask for things until our faces turn blue, and we can desire these things with all our heart, but we must bring it back to God and affirm that “nevertheless, thy will be done.” We pray this way believing that though God will not give us everything we think we want, He will do everything in His good timing and all things will work for the good of those who love him. 

So don’t be afraid to ask for the things you want, just be more certain that you can handle what His will is in either giving or denying you those things.

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