Let God Lead
Isaiah 48:17 AMP
James 5:16b NIV
James 5:16 AMP
There’s more than one way to skin a cat.
One of God’s greatest desires is that His children will trust enough to LET God lead.
That’s because God has a beautiful “butterfly” plan for each of us.
Isaiah 48:17 tells us, “This is what the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit (benefit), who leads you in the way you should Go.”
While that sounds easy, that’s not always the case. One reason it’s not easy is that we get in the way. We often have our own plan in our head and we aren’t thinking there IS more than one way to skin a cat.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that simply straight forward requests to God are the best. For example, think of a one line prayer. Speak it out loud and wait for God to interact with you. If I listen well I can get a sense that God received that prayer well.
As you listen you can often tell if God reacts to your prayer. Listen with your heart. Listen and wait for a response, or even a reaction. If you ask for something that will harm you now or in the future, God may react.
I was recently praying about a situation that I was struggling with. I had been hurt and my prayer wasn’t terribly kind toward the other person. Now, while I didn’t ask God to strike the other person with lightening, I wasn’t being altogether kind toward that person in my heart. I knew that but I was venting my pain. God knew I was hurting. As I listened, I sensed God turning toward me with compassion. The Spirit of God wanted to heal my pain. I gave God permission to heal it and when the Spirit touched me I knew my prayer wasn’t altogether reasonable.
At that point, I asked God to show me what the other person needed.
It took time, but gradually as I sat with God, I was able to see and ask for what the other person needed.
In the past I would have said my peace about how I was feeling I would ask God to change the other person. I found that I didn’t experience a close connection with God. I was spitting out prayers and walking away. Hummm…
When I simplified my request and sat with God, waiting and watching for a response I found that my prayer time became a relational back and forth moment.
I experienced a greater connection with God.
I knew when God was pleased with my prayer.
While all prayer is pleasing to God (because God loves us and wants to connect with us) this kind of back and forth interaction was more meaningful.
A few years ago I started studying scripture as it relates to prayer. Through the years I’d noticed that some people seem to really get answers.
I made an effort to determine what requests move the heart of God.
I wanted to know why some people really get answers to their prayers. We know from James 5:16b that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
In the Amplified translation it says “the heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much.” So according to that sticking with it matters and giving God your all matters. That means giving your whole self to God.
I also know that scripture is the word of God. So, I started thinking about how to pray scripture. As I studied it I came to believe that when we pray scripture we are praying the Word of God.
I started ‘learning’ how to pray into scripture for the Pray Global section of acrazyjourney. Just like everything, I’m on a daily learning curve as I pray scripture. While I believe that God honors every prayer, my intention is to honor God with each global prayer spoken.
I’ve come to believe that when we ask God to show us the way, God honors that prayer. God loves it when we look for His way.
I’ve noticed God listens and responds when I ask for protection for myself and others, I personally pray for the children in the Ukraine because I know God has a heart for those who are innocent.
Another prayer that moves the heart of God is asking God to teach me the way…God’s way.
According to the words of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 48:17) God wants to teach us to profit or benefit from our spoken interaction with God.
God wants to lead us and show us the way,
When we are hurting, God hurts with us.
It’s difficult for me to understand but I believe that God’s love for us is far greater than we can begin to imagine.
Spiritual Practice: Imagine
Imagine God’s love for you.
In God, Deborah