James 4:3 tells us, “you ask and do not receive because you ask amiss“. In other words you ask for what you want according to your own will for the building of your own kingdom. Therefor, God does not listen. After all God was not made to serve men, but men were made to serve God. So ought men to come to God in prayer seeking His will, and then by praying in agreement with it can you be assured that that prayer will be answered.
I believe the church could turn the world up side down (even as it did in the book of Acts) if it spent less time in prayer telling God what to do and more time asking Him what to do. The greatest gift of Jesus’s sacrifice, short of His atoning cleansing blood, is His empowering Holy Spirit which allows us to all become priest and commune directly with God.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
The reason we are no longer under law is because we no longer have to go to external stone tablets, scrolls, or men, to seek out what we ought to do, we can go to God directly. We can get on our knees and talk to Him ourselves and He will direct our path. We can learn His voice that we not be deceived into following any other. (Not of men or of demon.)
However, the first thing we must do to obtain this is to choose to lean not on our own understanding. James 4:6 says that “God gives more grace to the humble“, therefore, to grow in grace we must first humble the pride of our own “understanding” and be willing to say, “Lord, anyone can be deceived, and everyone has room to grow. I lay all pride aside, and cease to assume to know. Teach Me, Oh Lord. I want to know You more. Show me Your Glory.” After all, as close as Moses was to God, if even he saw fit to pray the prayer, “Lord, show me Your glory.” How much more ought we to desire and see a need to do so ourselves?
There is so much more to God then any of us can imagine and so much that He desires to reveal of Himself to His children. God is willing to teach, but only those who are willing to learn. After all, how can He fill you up with His knowledge, wisdom, and Spirit if you are already full of yourself? Come to Him empty, humble, and willing and He will fill you up and cause the overflow of it to bless all those around you.
Know that there is nothing in and of ourselves that is worth giving to anyone. So then only those who choose daily to empty themselves of their own understanding, knowledge, and will so that they can in faith receive God’s, will have anything worth giving to others. So in all things, at all times, humble yourself, step out in faith, and say, “Lord, not my will, but Thy Will be done. Teach me how to pray, what to say, when to wait, how to obey. Teach me, oh Lord, Your perfect way.”
“Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” – Psalms 25:4-5
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” – Proverbs 3:5-7
I tell you this of an assurity, that in the end, those who put their confidence in God’s will, will see miracles, for they will see what only God can do. While those who keep their confidence in their own will, will never see more then what they themselves can do, and that’s not very much.
Prayer: “Lord, I choose to put my confidence, not in what I know or can do, but in what You say and want to do. I give up my will so that I can take up Your cross and follow You. I give up my conditions so that I can pick up Your commission and see Your impossible Will be done in the earth. Lord, what I have to give has been proven to change nothing, but what You have to give changes everything. Therefore do I choose to place my confidence in You and in every Word You say, for nothing is impossible for You.”
“And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” – Matthew 10:7-8
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37