Last week we dove into the motivation behind our prayers and what it means to be led by the Spirit. Taking an example from Jesus’ ministry, we discussed how He ministered. He didn’t start until He was 30. He spent times in ministry and times in rest. Sometimes He ministered to a lot, sometimes He focused on a few. He knew the written Word of God, and He was led by the Spirit.
“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38
“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14
“Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:40-41
Spirit-led people have a marked passion for the lost, the hurting, the broken.
Prayer isn’t about getting God to do what you want Him to do; it’s about getting us aligned with where He is going. Our focus can’t be on learning the promises in God’s Word so we can use them as a magic trick. The point of prayer is not to get God to do our will. We must be aligned with the power of His Spirit.
The Word/God’s promises + the Spirit –> You can’t separate the two.
We need a connection with the Spirit to act in power with the Spirit. The Word, the promises, are examples of what we’re supposed to pray. Sometimes we find ourselves shoving the promises in His face and saying “God, why aren’t You doing this?” When we come to Him with this attitude, we disconnect ourselves from His power. The Scriptures are just words if they aren’t connected to His power.
“Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19
Jesus only did what He saw the Father do. He was led in power by the Spirit. He was led by a heart of compassion.
We’ve been dwelling on Psalm 46:10 the last few weeks: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
To go a bit deeper than we have, we’ve got to 1) be still and 2) approach prayer time with a heart desiring to be led by the Spirit.
It’s important that we get our prayer life on track. John Wesley said, “It seems God is limited by our prayer life. He can do nothing for humanity unless someone asks Him to do it.” Perhaps much of what we see wrong in the world is within our responsibility to ask God to move from a heart that is seeking His.
Challenge for the week: Change your routine and give Him time to speak to you. What is an effective, fervent prayer? What does it look like?