Prayer Establishes Our Release to God
Pleasing and Perfect
Scripture Reading: Romans 11:33-36
Key Verse: Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Releasing our “wants” to God and allowing His “wants” to rule, seems difficult to us at times. The Apostle Paul talked about “beating his body down” to be obedient to Christ. Part of that concept, undoubtedly, had to do with surrendering to God’s plan. Our flesh wants to be satisfied. Our mental capacity can only see part of the picture. Our requests make so much sense to us that we can’t imagine why God wouldn’t listen!
In our Key Verse for today, the apostle describes God’s will as “good, pleasing and perfect.” I believe that is true—all the time—no exceptions. I also believe that we will struggle to “feel” that way many times. Our humanness will lead us to disappointment and discouragement. Jesus Himself was hoping that the cross was not the only way to accomplish God‘s will.
I handle my disappointment with God by saying, out loud, “God, you are right, and I agree! I don’t like what I’m going through, but someday I’ll agree.” Those are my words during those testing times because I truly want God’s will, not mine, to be done. God’s intimate knowledge of me and His perspective of the future cause me to trust Him. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God” (Romans 11:33a).
Let’s challenge ourselves to say “May your will be done” before we make one request in our prayers. If for no other reason, because Jesus told us to!
Father, forgive me when I question your love or your wisdom! Grant me courage to fight my flesh and allow your spirit to work. In Jesus’ Name, amen.