Prayer Establishes Our Release to God
Scripture Reading: Job 42:1-6
Key Verse: Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
In Matthew 7:1, Jesus told us that we are not to judge others. There are obvious reasons for that, the main reason being our limited knowledge. Who among us has perfect and total perspective on any matter? We must not judge when we fall so far short of having all the facts!
God has the only timeless and unlimited perspective that allows judgment. The Apostle Paul’s words summarize it well: “How unsearchable are His judgments.” After all the trials were over, Job realized that he was making judgments and speaking of things he didn’t understand during those trials. We must realize these same eternal truths. Even when we think we understand, we don’t! God’s plans and purposes are so far from our ability to grasp that we cry out with Paul: “Who has known the mind of the Lord?”
All this discussion must lead us back to the reasons Jesus taught us to pray, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” It is only logical that, with our limited knowledge, we would surrender the final answer to any request to the One who has unlimited knowledge! No matter how desperate I feel when making a request to God, I always release the matter into His hands! This release is as much a logical decision as it is a spiritual decision. If I’m asking a question of an expert in some field, and I choose to follow their advice, that seems like the smart thing to do. Jesus included the phrase about God’s will in the model prayer because it was right!
Father, you are right—all the time! I want to trust your judgments in all matters pertaining to this life and the next! Grant me wisdom and courage today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.