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Therefor I, the prisoner of the Lord… Ephesians 4:1 NASB
The apostle Paul was an amazing fellow. Having bowed his knee to the one true King who reigns over all (Psalm 103:19), he viewed everything in his life as being orchestrated by the Lord. Therefore, instead of fretting and stewing over the fact that he was incarcerated and unable to roam about freely, he simply considered himself to be the Lord’s prisoner and resigned himself to His will. We need to examine this attitude closely because we will see something that is crucial to living in the Reign of God.
We have all experienced the frustration of unanswered prayer. We pray and pray and pray about a situation, but it seems no one is listening. In fact, if we want to be really honest, many times it seems like more prayers go unanswered than get answered. Why is that? Let me see if I can help us out…
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Have you ever had the Lord ask you to do something that seemed to be way out of your league? Or have you ever had to make a life altering decision where all the available options seemed right? Maybe you have felt the Lord showed you an answer that was just too simple to be true. It is during these confusing and uncertain times that we need to be seeking confirmation from the Lord.
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Look at the people in the picture below. Something has really captured their attention and they are closely observing it. Jesus said the Kingdom of God would not come with signs to be observed (Luke 17:20 – 21). According to Him, the Kingdom was already in the midst of those inquiring about it. How could they have missed it?
When you pray, do you ever consider what is on God’s mind and what He would like to see done? Or do you simply show up with a shopping list of what you would like to see done? I wonder if we wouldn’t get a lot further a lot faster if we would put the Lord’s agenda first?