May 12, 2017

1 John 5:14 (NLT) — 14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.

Some company’s that a person can order from online have a disclaimer that reads something like this: “If the product you ordered is not available we reserve the right to send you a product of equal or greater value.” When I see something like that I usually do not order because I know exactly what I want and that is what I ordered. They certainly don’t know me nor do they know for sure why I requested the product that I ordered.

However when it comes to prayer I believe it is in our best interests to give God that disclaimer. He knows us and our circumstances intimately. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Jesus gave Father God that disclaimer when in the Garden of Gethsemane on his way to being crucified he said, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:36)

You and I benefitted from that disclaimer. Because Jesus wanted the Father’s will to be done all of us that believed in Jesus have eternal life. We got the greater value. God is a God of life and his will for all of us is life. So if I am asking for something that God knows will not bring me life and is not the greater value than I want him to choose what is best for me. I believe it is a great idea to close prayer time letting the Father know that we want His will to be done. Hey that’s what Jesus did.

When I don’t know how to pray for you the people that God has called me to shepherd I always ask that His will be done in your lives.

Psalm 143:10 (NLT) — 10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Very well said Pastor Dan! The saying my way or the highway is for the foolish. It’s God’s way or no way that truly works. Loved the victory prayer yesterday too. Made myself a copy so I remember to dress for the atmosphere and not just the weather. Thank you.

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      Peggy I like what you said about dressing for the atmosphere and not just the weather. A lot of times we say to one another “Be Blessed”. Perhaps we should also say “Be Dressed”.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says:

    When my girls were growing up it always pleased me that they felt they could come to me and ask for what they wanted or needed. But they knew that I wouldn’t always say yes to them. Sometimes it made them angry if I said no. It took growth and maturity to learn that my ‘no(s)’ were in their best interest and that because I loved them I would tell them if something was not good for them. I’m so grateful that I can go to God and ask Him for whatever I feel I need knowing He may say no because He loves me and is not done with me yet. It has taken me a lot of years to learn that about God. He is a good, good Father! And He is pleased when ever I come to Him ….even if He has to say no or not yet.