In my last post I explored the prayer life of the heavenly man. The prayer that matters is the prayer that is sourced in listening, hearing, and then standing in faith. This is so counter to the normal course of prayer that is found in deciding based on need and opinion. Whoa! So many of us lead out rather than follow in prayer… Wrong way, Charlie!
Bring in the Solution!
Today I want to discuss something I heard the Lord speak concerning this topic: “Don’t come looking for an answer. Bring in the Solution!” This is awesome. Often, I enter prayer with an agenda to entreat the Lord to get my will or way. This is always a path of disappointment and distraction. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that I am to lead God where I believe He needs to go. On the contrary, it says I am to follow.
Do I suppose that Christ didn’t do anything from Himself or through His own initiative, but that I could? No, Jesus only did the works that He saw the Father doing, and I too have to come live this way. Life is sourced in the Father down, not vice versa.
So what did God’s statement, “Don’t come looking for an answer. Bring in the Solution!” mean to me? It meant everything. From it I see I have to come in expectation of the Father. Faith is expectation in the Father and what He will do.
When I step into prayer, I have the solution, because the Solution lives inside me. This isn’t presumptuous or arrogant, this is just reality. I don’t tell Him, I bring Him. This is such a huge difference.
Answer and Expectation
I don’t ever have to look for an answer; all I have to do is connect with the Solution and He will bring His answer. I can’t tell you how many prayer meetings I have been to that had this in reverse. These meetings boiled down to a ceremonial telling rather than listening. What a waste of time and an investment in futility and disappointment! I am called to get on Christ’s page not get Him onto mine.
I don’t write this in any sort of judgment because I have done this a lot. I think we all start out as God-instructors before we settle into following. But I have learned that this path is counterproductive and leads me from God, not to Him. All of life is for the purpose of knowing Him. Every step is a choice of who I want to know. And prayer is no different. Prayer is acquaintance with and connection with the One to whom I pray. Prayer is union and agreement, not separation and coercing.
I am so excited to have this direction! I am overjoyed I can now engage prayer not as one lost trying to find my way but coming into Him who is the WAY.
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly…