Day 37 of 40-Day Prayer Challenge
”Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.” Matthew 18:18
The purpose of prayer is not to get what you want; the goal of prayer is to discern what God wants, what God wills. But if your prayer is in the will of God, then it is backed by the full authority of the King and His kingdom.
A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” When you think about God, what images come into your mind? For most people, I suspect the dominant image is Jesus hanging on the cross. That gruesome cross is the most beautiful picture of what true love looks like. You aren’t praying to a God who is hanging on a cross; Jesus is seated on the throne, and the earth is his footstool. All authority is His and if you are His, then His authority is yours.
We grossly underestimate the authority that is ours because we are children of God. And we desperately need a vision like the one Isaiah had, who saw the Lord high and lifted up.
I think Tozer was right when he stated that a low view of God is the cause of a hundred lesser evils and a high view of God is the solution to 10,000 problems. Our biggest problem is our small view of God. God is so much bigger than our biggest problems. God is so much better than our best thoughts. He is infinitely wiser and more gracious and powerful than anything we can imagine.
We tend to view the goal as the goal, but in God’s economy, the process is the goal. It’s not about what we’re doing at all; it’s about who we’re becoming in the process. It’s not about doing great thing for God; it’s about God doing great things in us.
July 24, 2018