What is God’s will for my life? Am I going in the right direction? Is this the right season? Should I be pursuing this? Should I walk through this open door? What’s next?
Do any of these questions sound familiar at all? They definitely sound familiar to me. Quite familiar actually.....like, I’ve been asking the Lord these exact questions for the past few months. Every prayer has been filled with me asking Him these questions.....over and over again. In addition to me asking Him these questions, I would also throw in a few scriptures that supported my need for Him to rapidly provide me with a blueprint. Lord, your word says that if I ask you something, you will answer me. Your word says that you will reveal great and wondrous things that I don’t know. Your word says that your promises are yes and amen. Your word says that anything I ask in your name, will be given to me. Your word says that you will give me the desires of my heart.....
But the more I prayed and the more I rehearsed and repeated the above scriptures, the more silent I felt the Lord became and the deeper my desire to hear something......anything.... from Him grew. I was desperate and my prayers began reflecting just how desperate I truly was. The more desperate I became, the more my prayers began to shift from me asking Him 101 questions, to crying out to Him and pleading with Him to simply speak to me. Lord, please let me hear your voice. Lord, your servant is desperate for you. Lord, where are you? Your word says that if I draw near to you, you will draw near to me. Your word says that if I remain in you, you will remain in me.
Do you see the major difference? I didn’t then, but I sure see it now. One focuses on seeking the Lord in order to receive something from Him, while the latter one focuses on a desire to simply hear His voice and be near to Him.
I had transitioned to the most perfect and delicate place. My heart was ripe. And that’s when the Lord spoke to me through His word and I clung on to every word as they leaped off of the pages and penetrated depths of my heart.
“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working. I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.” John 5: 17, 19-20.
A few points that The Lord placed on my heart:
The Lord is always at work. Always.: No matter how many times we feel that the Lord is silent and we grow weary and frustrated because we aren’t sensing and feeling His active movement in our lives and we aren’t seeing the manifestations of our prayers come alive, HE IS NEVER STILL!! He is always working behind the scenes on our behalf. Always.
I can do nothing by myself: I don’t know about y’all, but when I continuously ask the Lord a question and I feel that He isn’t responding, I start pouting and I have a tendency to “try” and take matters into my own hand, which ends up being a complete disaster. We can do NOTHING without the help, direction, guidance and leadership of our Daddy:)
I can only do what I see my Father doing: This means that we have to stay close. Abide. Seek. Press in and continue to press in even when we don’t feel like it. Keep our eyes and focus fixed on Him so that we can join in and imitate what we see Him doing.
I know what my Father is doing because He has shown me: We can rest assured that if we do those things mentioned above.....abide, seek, press in......we will know what the Father is doing because He will willingly show us:) Why? Because He loves us and He promises to show us even greater things than these.
I hope this has encouraged you as much as it has encouraged me. Please know my friend that the Lord hasn’t forgotten about you. He hears you, sees you, and as His word says, He is always working on your behalf. Don’t loose heart. Keep pressing in and keep abiding and as my Pastor always says, “He who is willing to do the will of the Father, will know it.”
Lifting you up in prayer,
Antrenette Carr, A NEW ME Blog Contributor
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