God’s Schedule Fits Your Need

August 4th, 2016

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him.   Psalm 91:15

Phil 4:6-7   Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

We come to God with our specific requests, and we have God's promise that our prayers are not in vain.  Our Father knows what we have need of even before we ask Matthew 6:8 tells us, so when we come to Him, it is to allow Him to work in us to will and do of His good pleasure according to Phil 2:13 “Not in your own strength for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you energizing and creating in you the power and desire, both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” Prayer is a means of discerning God’s will specifically, though we may know it in general from the word of God, we may not know the how nor His schedule.  So prayer helps us to align our thoughts and rest in Him.  In the course of prayer we receive guidance as well as assurance of His providential care so we can trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not to our own understanding.  So we come into unity with Him on particular concerns to assure that we are walking with Him and are not drifting off to doing things our own way, or allowing the world to squeeze us into its own mold. He has promised that when we ask for things that are in accordance with His will, He will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:14-15).

Another reason to pray is that God intends prayer to be the means of obtaining His solutions in a number of situations. We pray in preparation for major decisions (Luke 6:12-13); to overcome demonic barriers (Matthew 17:14-21); and to have His power to remove obstacles that threaten us and disturb our peace.  Psalm 56:8,9 You have seen me tossing and turning through the night.  You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle!  You have recorded everyone in your book.  The very day I call for help, the tide of the battle turns.  My enemies flee! This one thing I know: God is for me! 

God’s schedule isn’t always the same as ours, and we often do not understand why it wasn’t here yesterday.  In prayer we learn to trust Him and wait on Him as He answers according to His wisdom and for our benefit. Isaiah 64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.  In these situations, we are to be diligent and persistent in prayer (Matthew 7:7)  “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone?   Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent? If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven perfect as He is give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!

(Luke 18:1-8) is the story about the unjust judge and the importune woman whose persistence caused me to fulfill her requests. God tells us in this text that He will answer children speedily, so we must remain in prayer and let God commune with us, so that we are trusting in and yielding to Him.  God has said that we often go without because we do not ask (James 4:2).  God's wisdom far exceeds our own, He has knowledge about our circumstances and the future that are not known to us and as Romans 8:28 says, We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor all things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose.
God has said that we often go without because we do not ask (James 4:2). We will never see the results of answered prayer unless we pray.
Hebrews 5:7  In the days of His flesh Jesus offered up definite, special petitions for that which He not only wanted but needed and supplications with strong crying and tears to Him Who was always able to save Him out from death, and He was heard because of His reverence toward God His godly fear, His piety, in that He shrank from the horrors of separation from the bright presence of the Father.

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