Stay Persistent, Stay Expectant
As I’ve been pondering prayer, I have felt the Lord urge me to pray with expectancy and boldness. He knows that I can lean toward offering timid prayers — not wanting to push my own agenda too much, sometimes worried about what it could look like if He doesn’t answer the way I’m asking, not wanting to be wrong or disappointed.
But Jesus says, when teaching the disciples to pray, that they must be persistent (keep knocking, keep seeking). And Paul says that Jesus made a way for us to go boldly into the throne room before the Lord.
Therefore, I’ve been focusing and reminding myself — stay persistent, stay expectant.
So, we pray expectantly and boldly and because He wants to answer our prayers, and that’s so good. But I’ve been asking myself a hard question — what if we were primarily expectant that God would align our hearts with His heart and our minds with His mind?
It could be a bit more difficult to pray this, especially if we go into it with an expectancy that He will do it — if, as I pray for my family, my country, and my church, I open myself up to Him first doing a work in me. It could be uncomfortable (in fact, that’s likely). It could cause me to change. But also, it could direct my prayers in a direction that they need to go.
Instead of praying just that my husband will change, I want to pray first that God will help me have His heart toward my husband.
Instead of praying just that I will get a new job, I want to pray first that God will help me see where He wants me.
See a pattern forming? Instead of praying first that God would do things the way we think they should be done, we can start praying for our perspective and our heart and our mind to line up with His.
The effect could be twofold. First, it changes us and makes us more like Him, which will change our attitudes and our actions. Secondly, it could make our prayers more powerful as they start to align with God’s will.
It takes work to open our hands and pry our fingers off of our own will and desires. It takes faith that His desires for us are bigger and better than our desires for ourselves. It takes viewing our alignment with Him as a good gift given by a Father who loves us, not simply as a sad surrender of the good things we think we want.
So let’s keep on praying big, bold, wildly expectant prayers. Let’s just make one of those prayers that God would change us, move us with what He is moved for, open our eyes to what really matters, and help us be patient with His good process.
Call to action:
As we pray for our families this week, take time to ask the Lord to align your heart for your family with HIS heart for them.