Friday, May 16, 2014

The Pattern of Prayer - Partnership

Warren Wiersbe is quoted as saying, "Prayer is a 'patnership' between God and His church that enables Him to accomplish His will on earth through the witness of His obedient people." So, we now come to the phrase in the Model Prayer - "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10b (HCSB)

Consider the message that Paul is telling us in Romans 11:33-12:2 (HCSB).

11:33 "Oh, the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments
and untraceable His ways!
34 For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been His counselor?
35 Or who has ever first given to Him,
and has to be repaid?
36 For from Him and through Him
and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
12:1 Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 
2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God."

Paul gives 4 admonitions here -
1) Don't try to explain God's ways (v.33) Just do what He says in faith.
2) Don't try to change God's mind (v.34) You will only be the loser.
3) Don't try to buy God off (v.35) You can't bargain for God's blessings.
4) Don't try to steal God's glory (v.36) He will give you all that you need, 
     but He will never share His glory or praise with anyone.
"Therefore -" by considering what he has said, one can then do "what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God."

We are not responsible to see that the whole world obey God - we are responsible to see that we obey Him. we can either encourage others or provide them with an excuse. Which are you doing?

Trust and Obey
John H. Sammis

When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.
 Trust and obey, for there's no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet 
 we will sit at his feet,
or we'll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey.

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