Target Point, Vol. 12 of 33
Today's Verse/Thought: Asking For His Will Above All Else
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14
We have all had experiences in life where we have asked for things that were not good for us and been refused. Perhaps it was a parent or guardian who was looking out for our best interest and knew that what we were asking for was either not possible or not something that would be healthy for us at the time.
Usually when we ask for something we have already made up our minds that it is worthy. Because of the presupposition that is now there, it is difficult to understand why we don't get it. We feel rejected, but we must remember that it is our selfish attitude that may be in the way. We must also remember that God's will is always better than our own.
When Jesus asked His Father to take this cup from Me, in Mark 14:36, He was considering the great pain He was about to endure for you and me on that cross. But, on the heels of that request He continued, yet not what I will, but what You will. In other words, not withstanding the pain here-the thing that is most important Lord, is Your will.
I wonder if we will be surprised some day to discover how many times we jumped in and just demanded that God answer our requests. Perhaps we wanted Him to heal in a certain situation and nothing happened. Keep in mind that God's idea of broken is very different than ours. We can never presume to know what God may be doing in a given situation. Remember to always begin by asking for His will in a given matter. The next volume will deal with our privilege in prayer to come against the forces that may be at cross-purposes with His will.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Coming Against the Forces at Work