Good morning DPR, I trust your week was productive. So we began the New Creation Prayer Series on Monday. We established the fact that the primary supplies the Church ought to give her members are Revelation and Answers. Revelation because we want to grow into Him in all things, and Answers because we need to wield the wisdom of God to proffer lasting solutions to life problems. If you haven’t read the last post, I’d advise you do so before continuing with this, so we can all be on the same page. We also established that the will of man is the supreme code of authority on earth, and that God’s Will doesn’t always come to pass. There can be no spiritual manifestation through man on the earth without the yielding of a human vessel, either to God or to the devil. Over the years, the sovereignty of God has been misconstrued to mean that God is in absolute control over EVERYTHING, whether good or bad. This doctrine has done more damage to the Christian Faith than any other since Resurrection. There’s no one single place in the world including the dictionary, where Sovereignty is defined as absolute control over all things, except in the Church. What this doctrine does is that it takes responsibility off man, and makes God the perpetrator of all things, and no-one who believes God is the doer of all things including bad things will ever ‘resist evil… I mean, why would anyone resist God. GOD DOESN’T CONTROL EVERYTHING. He is sovereign, but His sovereignty doesn’t defy the will of men in any way. God is Sovereign in the sense that He receives instructions from no man on how to rule in His Kingdom, He needs nobody’s permission to be God and He is God all by Himself. That He is sovereign doesn’t make Him the doer of ALL things on earth. The devil sold this lie to the Church, because He knows believing that lie will weaken our resistance against him. Notice that Adam refused to take responsibility and he passed it to Eve, Eve also refused and passed it to the devil, but the devil gladly took the responsibility and that moment, he became the god of this world. When man fails to take responsibility, the devil takes advantage of that vacuum and takes charge. If we do not understand this basic doctrine of God, we would have no confidence in our prayers, since God would always do what He wills whatever we do or not do. Let’s check out this verse of scripture to show to us that God’s Will doesn’t ALWAYS come to pass on earth.
2 Pet 3:9(KJV) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, NOT WILLING that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Here we see that God’s Will is that all men come to repentance but also know that all men have not come to repentance. If God would use His sovereignty to change man’s will in achieving His purpose in any way, you can be sure He would use it for the purpose of Salvation which is His biggest priority. If God cannot make men believe in Jesus for their own salvation, be sure God cannot force anything down the throat of any man in the name of His sovereignty. The settlement of God’s Will and Counsel is undeniable and irrefutable in Heaven. Psalms 119:89 says “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven”. The bible did not say “forever, thy Word is settled on earth”. His Word represents His Will, but His Word is only forever settled in Heaven. Jesus clearly tells us to make sure God’s Will is settled on earth the way it is in heaven, this is the reason why we pray; to bring God’s Will to pass on earth, the way it is in Heaven. God is not in control of everything that happens on earth. Human beings are, depending on who they are yielding themselves to.
Romans 6:16 (KJV) Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Therefore, we can define prayer as THE PLATFORM UPON WHICH GOD IS GIVEN PERMISSION TO EFFECT HIS WILL ON EARTH THROUGH THE BELIEVER(S). According to the Lord’s prayer, Jesus’ emphasis after giving thanks to God was executing God’s will on earth as it is in Heaven. So now, what is the Will of God? Because Faith in Prayer only begins where the Will of God is known. The Will of God is the Word of God. The Word of God is the compendium of God’s Divine Thoughts. The Will of the Father is indisputably expressed through the cannons of scriptures. As we study the Word, we see how God’s Will, Plan and Purpose for man is revealed in Christ Jesus. Therefore, to fully comprehend the Will of God, we must examine Christ in the Word of God.
Hebrews 10:7 (KJV) Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Everything Jesus did, was according to the Will of God. Jesus never did one single thing outside God’s Will, even when it was difficult to accept at the garden of Gethhsamane, He still prayed and conceded to God’s Will. God’s Will is the substance of our prayer as believers. Where the will of the Lord isn’t known, our prayers are misguided and misdirected, without God’s Will, we have nothing to pray about. Romans 8:26-27 explains how that the Spirit Himself helps us pray according to the WILL of God. And like we learnt earlier, The Word of God is the Will of God and Jesus is the Word of God, so Jesus is the perfect expression of the Will of God. Hebrews 1:3. Having established that, then we can safely conclude that EVERYTHING Jesus did is the Will of God because He never did what He did not see God do, He only did as God did, John 5:19. We can NEVER understand our priestly (praying) ministry as believers without considering our great High Priest (Jesus Christ) Heb 3:1. Our prayers become more effective when we understand the person of Jesus Christ and what He FINISHED for us in redemption. I urge you not to read this post like the usual post you read every other week, you should read this slowly and repeatedly just to really understand what I am trying to pass across to you by the help of the Holy Spirit. This series may not appeal to everybody, some people just don’t like to hear the word “prayer”, but as believers, we have two primary platforms to interface with divinity; Word and Prayer. A believer that doesn’t take his prayer life seriously runs a serious risk of temptation, because Jesus said we should Pray so we don’t enter into temptation. Please remember to share with friends. Have a fabulous weekend.