We all know the story of the genie in the bottle. You rub the bottle and the genie appears and grants you three wishes. I think we are all guilty of sometimes thinking God is our genie. We merely rub the Bible and God will appear to grant our wishes. Now remember, I said our, not necessarily His. I remember once when I was much younger, my brother and I were going fishing with Granddad. We got up early one morning to find it raining hard. Well, I went to my “genie” and asked God to make it stop raining, but it continued to rain. I went to Granddad, Preacher Davis, and told him that I had prayed for God to stop the rain, but He didn’t. Preacher thought a minute and then looked at me with his wise eyes and said; “Well son, there are a lot of farmers praying for the rain.” A simple statement but one that has profoundly affected the way I look at God’s will in my life. We as well, need some rain to help us grow.
We should always want our prayers and therefore, our actions to glorify God. In praying, as we look for and accept God’s will, we are showing glory to Him and faith in His desires for us. It is extremely important that we pray with the right motivation. If we pray in a selfish manner, then the prayer will not be blessed by God.
James 4:3 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Yet even when you do pray, your prayers are not answered, because you pray for selfish reasons.”
You do not need to use “fancy” words; just pray from your heart with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 6:7-8 The Message (MSG); “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.”
Romans 8:26-27 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words. All of our thoughts are known to God. He can understand what is in the mind of the Spirit, as the Spirit prays for God’s people.”
Pray with a spirit of love and forgiveness, not of anger or revenge. You must be totally submissive to the will of God. Don’t ask your “genie” to work for you without the total concern for others. Don’t ask for God’s approval of your will. He certainly knows best. Allow Him to work through you.
Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do–then do it with all your strength.
The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.