Prayers: Giving God permission

Prayer is the risen Jesus coming in with His resurrection power, given free rein in our lives, and then using His authority to enter any situation and change things:  Ole Kristian O. Hallesby

When I read these words it struck me how true this statement really is.  Only when we allow ourselves to pray to God do we actually give him permission to take action in our lives.  God does not intrude on the choices we personally make each day.  Those choices have ultimate consequences.  When God does not intervene we are at the mercy of others.  Remember, God doesn’t force anyone to do anything without their permission.  Only when we grant God permission will He start to work changes in our lives. 

What we actually give permission to is to have the Holy Spirit take an active role in our souls.  We are the only ones that can actually change.  We have control of only our actions, our words, our thoughts.  We choose to stay angry at the world.  We choose to take a statement from another and “hear” it as an insult or as just a statement with no personal attack.  We choose to open our mouths and slander another or choose to stay silent.  When we pray God begins to make inner work changes within us.  It is our changed behavior that the world responses differently to.  We are the ones that can choose to get smiles from others or get surly responses back to our surly attitudes. 

Prayers are the permission slips that we give God to do His work in us.  When we pray in the face of major tragedy in our lives us are expressing a Faith and Belief that God will intervene and make all things right.  Again, by the act of prayer we are affirming Faith.  God thrives on our having faith.  Without faith we are left to the whims of the world.  With Faith we are guarded by the love of our Heavenly Father. 

When people cry out – “why is God allowing this to happen?”, you have to understand that we can never see the bigger picture.  Our human population seems to only turn to God when life becomes too overburdened.  If this is what it takes to get our attention then you need to ask yourself Is God seeking me out?  Is this His way of telling me I’ve been ignoring Him lately?  Our actions, our motives, everything we choose to do in our lives, including how we react to the world around us tell Him whether we are living our lives with an inner faith or just going through the motions of reacting to the world.  God definitely believes in “wake up calls”.

As a reader of my blog, you know that I am a big believer in living in relationship with God on a daily basis.  If things in your life are getting to be too much for you you need to ask yourself:  When was the last time I talked to God?  When was the last time I tried to hear His voice?  Am I being obedient to what God is telling me or am I ignoring Him?  God will always answer prayer.  Sometimes the way He answers  may be startling and not expected, but He does answer prayer.

 

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