6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Have you ever noticed how half hearted we tend to be when we pray?
Our conversations with God are more like vague portraits of something we don't even know how to express. "God, help me," "God, turn me upside down," "God, break me."
Those are fantastic things to pray, but I barely know what they mean in some regard.
I know that when I pray for things like understanding and wisdom, I ask in anticipated unbelief. I expect God not to answer me.
James 1:6-8 is a wake up for these kind of prayers.
God wont answer me when I really do doubt His power.
Why do we ask with such a half heart?
Because we don't understand the authority we've been given through Christ.
I am petrified by how many Christians let the enemy kick down their door. Again and again. And all they have to say is, "Satan is attacking me."
Given, yes he is. But do you realize the strength you've been given by being a coheir with Christ? We do not have to suffer the effects of satan's attacks.
When Jesus was on trial before Pilate, He remained silent. Absolutely stunningly silent.
I think that we all should be absolutely scared out of our minds when God is silent.
Pilate reminds Jesus that he has the authority to save Jesus' life, or crucify Him.
Jesus replies, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above."
All power and authority comes from God.
If you look at Matthew 28:18-20, the Great Commission, Jesus says that "All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me." But he also says "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
We have that authority. He is always with us.
Romans 8:37-39 declares that we are more than conquerors and nothing can separate us from His love.
We need to walk into the authority we've been given. If we don't, we are in willful disobedience. We let ourselves be overcome by temptation, we suffer through physical sickness, we don't walk in it.
We don't always pray for those who are sick, we don't rebuke satan that he will flee, we let these things slide so easily.
We're way to timid in how we approach God. Not to say we shouldn't fear Him, because He is definitely worthy of that fear, and awe and reverence. Hebrews 4:16 says "Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence."
We are allowed to ask God for stuff.
And we're allowed to expect that He'll deliver.
Psalm 65:5 says "You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness..."
the Lord has been showing me the effects of walking in the authority. Its who we are.
If we don't know who we are, and identify with Christ in this matter, we're worse off than any of us thought. Even worse, if we don't know ourselves, we definitely don't know God, and we shouldn't pretend too.
He is something we'll never grasp. I think that kills our minds knowing that we'll never fully know Him, at least till Heaven, but we barely even think about that. We try to know as much of God as we can. We seek, and seek, and seek, and seek this God and we don't know what we're seeking.
I have a lot of thoughts that correlate to other ideas and other epiphanies, but I won't go into them now.
However, if this authority is a precious gift I've been given, how much more do I desire to walk in it. How much more do I desire to explore it. How much more will I stand in it.
Posted by Taylor Ashley at 9:40 AM