Prayer Proceeds the Will of God
The Father has, by His Spirit, through His servants, been talking to us about the fullness of the times in which we are living. The time, "NOW", whereby we are enabled to receive all the promises and the blessings of God and His Kingdom. It is exciting! The whole human race has waited so long for these very days. These days have been spoken of and prophesied of for thousands of years. We are the chosen generation to partake of the goodness of God Almighty, in depth and measure never before experienced.
Under the Lord's direction, I want to address a perception many of us have held, regarding God's obligation to His Word. Numbers 23:19 (KJV) "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" When God promises us something, as He has in His Word, we typically think that by our believing in what God has said and exercising our faith in what He has said, will cause it to automatically be manifested in our lives. This is true but it is not truth in entirety.
When we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit and totally submitted to His leading, we can and should expect the Word of God in the blessings and protection to be manifested to us, for us and on us. But, this requires the discipline of time fellowshipping with the Father, in prayer without ceasing; The result of this will be the discerning of right and wrong decisions, plans and pursuits. When we are following God, totally yielded to Him, we can expect His divine intervention into our day to day life. Divine order will prevail. But if we are too busy to seek His face, to diligently seek Him and not move until He says move, not speak until He says speak, we are susceptible to the enemy, because we are out of God's divine order.
Romans 12:2 (KJV) "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
The scriptures speak of three wills that the Lord lets us, as His children, choose for our lives; His perfect will; His acceptable will and His good, or permissive will; When we choose to live under His perfect will, we are totally consecrated and will not move or live without His leading and direction. This means honoring Him in complete obedience - not that we never miss it, but when we do, we are quick to admit and quick to repent.
His acceptable will is when we've chosen to be sloppy or lazy in our spiritual walk - we listen most of the time, we don't always obey when He talks, we still fight the battle of our will. Some days we're on "fire" and some days we just "don't feel like it".
His permissive will is when we choose God but are lukewarm in our relationship. We pray sometimes, we read the Word from time to time, we are basically good people, but we don't rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide our lives. We just do enough to get by. Always wanting to change but continually putting it off till tomorrow. We tend to believe that if God wants something from us, He'll get through to us, but we don't pursuit knowing His plans and thoughts.
In these last days, there is one group of people that will draw others to Christ. A group of people that have allowed the Holy Spirit to crucify their flesh, to refine them through the fire, to purify them until they are as pure gold. Only one group that the others will flock to for direction and help in surviving these "perilous times". Those that have paid the price and learned how to totally submit and yield in every area of their lives will be the ones that lead the rest of the world. These are the ones that know God's voice and can distinguish God's voice from the voice of a stranger. There will be so much counterfeit spiritual activity all around us, that there is great danger for those who have chosen to live in the permissive will of God. There are some who will fall away to deception and turn aside to other god's. Some will become discouraged and get angry at God for allowing all these bad things to "happen" to them. Few will admit to their error, few will repent and change.
We all have the same power to change, through the abundant supply of God's great grace directed toward us. We all have our free will and the Holy Spirit does not give preference to one person over another. There are reasons why some people walk in closer relationship with the Lord, and that is because they have chosen to. They have experienced that sweet taste of His presence and refuse to leave it. All believers have known the sweetness of the fragrance of God, but for many this was a one time experience and they do not hunger for more. Those that walk in the perfect will of God are there because they were not willing to settle for anything less than the best. They are paying the price to their flesh, their carnal will that desires the pleasures of the world just as much as anyone else. It is not that God has created a people superior in will power or with greater internal strength to say "no" to temptation. But it is a people that by the simple act of saying "yes" to the Holy Spirit and by trusting in their God - the One Who made them - enough to know that His way is not only the best, but also the only real choice.
When we really can comprehend, as the apostle Paul wrote, the love of God, to know and experience the great depths of it is to know that nothing can separate us from this love - not the devil, not man, neither can the sword or hunger or beatings or inflation or AIDS or divorce or persecution or ANY OTHER THING.
Romans 8:38,39 (NKJV) "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
To have the knowledge of God's unmerited, unending and gracious love, is only to hunger for more and more. To never be satisfied with our current state but to always be willing and obedient to follow His gentle leading, onward and upward, higher and higher into His great grace and love. It is easy to obey God when we fully trust Him. It is the most gratifying experience we can have in life. To trust and obey.
It is here that following the perfect will of God is not a fearful thing. It's the peace of God that passes all human understanding. To know and recognize that no matter what happens, God is bigger. God is love. God is caring. God is good. God will always see to it that you come out on top, even if you start out on the bottom. He will always see to it that you win, even when you are wiped out, and have lost everything. He will always and at all times see to it that He is glorified in everything you commit to Him. To realize the truth that He has never, not one time ever left us, never, not one time ever failed us.
There have been many, many prayer failures and the stories abound of how "God didn't come through for sister so and so". Oh, we rarely speak it, for to do so would "be wrong" - but we allow our thoughts to think this way. We have put God into this neat, tidy little box wherein He gets the blame, especially when something bad happens to someone "good". Since God is not a man that would lie, God will not go against the spiritual laws of His Word. Just because someone is nice, or because someone has served Him for years does not entitle them to special pardons. God looks on the heart - He know whether sister so and so was obedient and was in His perfect will, and therefore had obtained the right to the covenant to receive divine healing and health. If she wasn't, (and we don't know the hidden things of a man's heart) then she was in rebellion, and God doesn't look lightly on rebellion. You can be the sweetest, most giving and faithful to attend church grandma in the whole world, but if you aren't doing what God called you to do, and you know to do it, you are in the sin of rebellion.
The covenant is a two way agreement. We always look to God to keep His end - demanding that He follow it, line by line, word by word. But we forget that we have an agreement to that covenant as well. Isaiah 1:19 (NKJV) "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land." The good of the land is the fullness of God's blessings. The entire scope of His promises from Genesis to Revelation is based on our being willing (submitted) and obedient (not rebellious).
Another example is from Psalm 91:11 (Amp) "For He will give His angels (especial) charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways (of obedience and service)". Many believers expect their angels to protect them, but ignore their part in the condition of this promise.
We have to do our part. The only way we can obey is by knowing the will of God. The only way we can know the will of God is from His Word. Pray the Word as the Holy Spirit gives you unction. Find others who are Spirit led and get together for corporate prayer. A Spirit of prayer is coming on the church! By the Word and by the moving of the Holy Spirit. Don't settle for less then the best - go for the gold of a purified spirit!