Lately, my prayer cycle has been pretty demanding. Needless to say, when this happens, sleep is no longer a necessity. One thing I have noticed is that my will has completed shifted. The things I have been laying before God and the requests I have been sharing with Him have shifted. How could this be? What has happened?
I was listening to a woman of God minister on this week. She stated the following, "Lord, help us to abide in You until our will becomes Your Will." Oh. My. God. Was this happening to me? Was my will becoming His Will? Was my mind being transformed and renewed as I stayed in Him? If this is the process I need to partake in to ensure I am walking in His Will...Lord, I am committed to discovering Your Will for me.
I had it all wrong. I pursued everything that was conducive to success. I have been so busy fulfilling my career and other goals, while at the same time thanking God for His mighty Blessings....but not really spending quality time to ask Him if this was His Will for my life.
I have been an "at-home" mom for 1 month. It was not until now that I truly shifted from my will to His Will. My prayer cycle has been quite demanding. However, no matter how tired my body may seem, for the first time in my life, I discern His Will and His Wisdom clearly. I had to ask His Forgiveness for neglecting Him and being selfish. However, at the same time, I was still laying requests before him that I thought were "suitable" and what I needed to do as a result of me now being home everyday. Everything that I thought I needed to do has completed shifted. It is mind boggling to me how I am now fixated on achieving something that is COMPLETELY the opposite of what my requests have been to the Lord! My will has shifted to His Will....and I am saying Y-E-S L-O-R-D! Yes, to Your Will. Yes, to Your Plan. Yes, to Your Ideas. Yes, to Your Knowledge. Yes, to Your Strategy. I say YES!
It does not matter your age. It is never too late to simply abide in Him until your will becomes His Will. Honestly, I thought knowing His Will was so difficult. As I look back over the last 30 days, it has simply been me abiding in Him, spending time with Him....through this my will shifted to His Will. Before I knew it, I started going after the plans, initiatives and events that He has planned for me to pursue.
His word tell us, "For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give your a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11 - New American Standard Version)." I love this version of Jeremiah 29:11 because it expresses His plans for our welfare...our health, happiness and fortunes. It also expresses NOT for calamity...an event causing great or sudden damage or distress. Thank you Lord for Your Plans to protect my health, happiness and fortunes! Thank you Lord for Your Plans to prevent sudden damage or distress. Help me Lord to continue to abide in you as my will becomes Your Will. Until next time....love yourself.
Prayer: To Walk in God's Wisdom and His Perfect Will
Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being. You adopted me as Your child through Jesus Christ, in accordance with Your pleasure and will. I pray that I may be active in sharing my faith, so that I will have a full understanding of every good thing I have in Christ.
Father, I ask You to give me a complete understanding of what You want to do in my life, and I ask You to make me wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way I live will always honor and please You, and I will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, I will learn to know You better and better.
I roll my works upon You, Lord, and You make my thoughts agreeable to Your will, and so my plans are established and succeed. You direct my steps and make them sure. I understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is, for I am not vague, thoughtless or foolish. I stand firm and mature in spiritual growth, convinced and fully assured in everything willed by God.
Father, You have destined and appointed me to come progressively to know Your will - that is to perceive to recognize more strongly and clearly, and to become better and more intimately acquainted with Your will. I thank you, Father, for the Holy Spirit Who abides permanently in me and Who guides me into all the truth - the whole, full truth--and speaks whatever He hears from the Father and announces and declares to me the things that are to come. I have the mind of Christ and hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of His heart.
So, Father, I have entered into that blessed rest by adhering, trusting, and relying on You in the name of Jesus. Hallelujah!
-Prayer reference: Copeland, Germaine. "Prayers that avail much for mothers".p.18-19
Father, help me to do and walk in Your Will as a mother, wife and citizen of my community. Your Will is my will. I long to abide in your presence so that I might be transformed and my mind renewed. Amen