July 20, 2017
Seeing then that we have a great high Priest… Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Our great Helper in prayer is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Advocate with the Father, our Great High Priest, whose chief ministry for us these centuries has been intercession and prayer. It is he who takes our imperfect petitions from our hands, cleanses them from their defects, corrects their faults, and then claims their answer from His Father on His own account and through His all-atoning merits and righteousness.
If you are fainting in prayer, Look up. Your blessed Advocate has already claimed your answer, and you would grieve and disappoint Him if you were to give up the conflict in the very moment when victory is on its way to meet you. He has gone in for you into the inner chamber, and already holds up your name upon the palms of His hands; and the messenger, which is to bring you your blessing, is now on his way, and the Spirit is only waiting your trust to whisper in your heart the echo of the answer from the throne, “It is done.”
The Spirit has much to do with acceptable prayer, and His work in prayer is too much neglected. He enlightens the mind to see its wants, softens the heart to feel them, quickens our desires after suitable supplies, gives clear views of God’s power, wisdom, and grace to relieve us, and stirs up that confidence in His truth which excludes all wavering.
Prayer is, therefore, a wonderful thing. In every acceptable prayer the whole Trinity is concerned
July 20, 2017
Trusting in God is an interesting thing. It involves a “letting go.”
If I trust you with something, it means I give it to you. It passes from my hand to yours. It is no longer in my possession. If I have confidence in your character and abilities, there is a relief at the passing. I no longer worry or concern myself with the matter. It is, as they say, “in good hands.” This means that trust is very much about the person being trusted. It also means acceptance. If I trust you, then I accept what you say and what you do.
We are called to trust God in the same way including the ultimate area of trust: His will.
The primary will of God for your life is the same as it is for everybody else – to know and to love Him. When someone asked Jesus what the heart of life was all about, what the ultimate law to follow was, this is what He said: “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38, NIV). We came into that love relationship through our acceptance of Christ’s work on the cross.
The second major dimension of God’s will for your life is His moral will. God’s moral will has to do with how we should think and believe, what we should value and honor and, from that, how we should live.
We want to trust God, particularly by following His will for our lives. But that means following His moral will, for it is precisely His moral will that is at the heart of trust.
If you want to know what God’s moral will is, just ask yourself this question: What does the Bible say?
Yes, that seems simplistic. And interpreting the Bible is not always easy. But most of the time, it is simple. Notice how the Apostle Paul explains this in his second letter to Timothy: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NLT).
If you’re struggling with whether God wants you to do something, or whether it’s okay with God, you can stop struggling. God has already spoken and made His will known to you because His guidance for the day-in, day-out flow of your life is primarily moral. The question is whether you will trust it.