Many of us find ourseves in a position where we cry out to the Lord. I remember a time in my life where I wept, fasted, prayed, gone to the healing rooms, did communion, and asked friends/family to pray over my circumstance. I was told by this one group to make a list with specific needs and pray over it daily. But to no avail. Nothing happened.
It is easy to become bitter and resentful when things aren’t going your way. Jesus tought us, to ask God, in the right manner, to intervene in our lives. In Matthew 6:10 (NIV) we learn to pray: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.” Jesus showed us even in His prayer, before the crucifixion that it is God’s will, not ours that matters most in our lives. We read in Matthew 26:42 (NIV):”He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, your will be done.” You see, we need to acknowledge that it is God’s will, not ours, and we need to be willing to do His will in our lives.
Jesus was both willing to do His Father’s will and acknowledged it in the events that followed those prayers. Yet, He was met with silence on the cross when He cried out, “… Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Matthew 27:46 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.27.46.KJV. God did not forsaken His own Son. It was God’s will that Jesus had to pay the ultimate price for our sins. His silence are more often than not misinterpreted as God not caring or that He turned his back on us. But that’s not true. For the moment Jesus cried out that it’s finished and breathed out His last breat, the temple veil and rocks tore. Along with that, there was a mighty earthquake. Something I believe any parent would do witnessing their child’s death…
Now Baruch, Jeremiah’s scribe was also sorrowful, for his prayers and heavy sighings, went unanswered, which made him feel weak. God send him a message through Jeremiah, saying to him: “Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the Lord hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest. Thus shalt thou say unto him, The Lord saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land. And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord : but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.” Jeremiah 45:3-5 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jer.45.3-5.KJV
As Baruch’s prayers were heard, so are yours. If you stand in God’s word, He will show you the way out of your situation. Just like Baruch here, when evil fell on Jerusalem and all the people of the land, he was kept safe. God usually provide safety and provision when you are in His will. Although, it will need to be God’s will in our lives. And we need to be willing to step out into His will.
When last did you ask God for His will in your life? Or have you been treating God as a substitute Santa. When you don’t get your way you get angry, resentful and even stop believing in God.
My prayer for you today is that you will ask God for His will over your life. I ask that He will strengthen your hearts so that you will have courage to step out into His will. #GodCanDoThis