Day 16 of 40-Day Prayer Challenge
”The wind blows wherever it pleases.” John 3:8
”Lord, surprise us.” This feels like a dangerous prayer because we have to put our plans on the altar. We have to relinquish control. We have to trust God’s timing. But that prayer is motivated by a genuine desire to see God do something unprecedented –– something that supersedes our plans, something that we could not take credit for or control.
Every miracle, every blessing, every divine appointment has a genealogy. If we trace them back, we’ll find a genesis prayer that set in motion the sovereign act of God. Am I saying that God cannot do it without us? No, I’m not saying He cannot; I am simply saying He will not.
In His omniscience and omnipotence, God has determined there are some things He will only do in response to prayer. The Bible puts it bluntly: “You do not have because you do not ask God.” If we don’t ask, God can’t answer. It’s as simple as that. The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked. I don’t pretend to understand where the sovereignty of God and free will of humans meet, but it motivates me to work like it depends on me and pray like it depends on God. And if we do these two things, God will keep surprising us.
When you circle a promise in prayer, anything could happen. You never know when or how or where God will answer it. Prayer adds an element of surprise to your life.
The reference to wind in John 3, is a good description of the way the Holy Spirit works. He is uncontrollable, unpredictable. Jesus states, “You cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” So it is with the Holy Spirit, says Jesus. In other words, anything can happen. But one thing is certain: if we follow Jesus, our lives will be anything but boring.
What to pray? For God to be highly exalted during Nac Night of Worship on Sunday.
June 9, 2018