Sunday, March 19, 2017

Praying Is Sowing

Did you know that when we pray we are sowing a seed - a seed that takes time to germinate and manifest into what was planted (prayed for)? But the only way our seeds of prayer will manifest is if we water that seed with faith and cultivate patience within ourselves. As it says in Luke 18:15 (ESV), "As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience."

We cannot plant prayers and expect God to answer if we have not given it the faith and the patience that it needs to grow. Just like the beautiful flowers and plants that we are starting to see bloom in and around our homes, it is birthed from a seed and in order for that plant to grow beautifully, what do we have to do? Water it about every two to three weeks. If we don't what happens? It becomes weak, turns brown, and dies. The same is true for our prayers. We sow them by praying and we keep them nurtured with our faith, standing in great expectation of God's will to be done. Now here is the kicker:  Don't be surprised if the prayer you planted manifests as something else. "In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good (Ecclesiastes 11:6 - ESV)."

We should always pray according to God's will. When are praying for this or that as it relates to what we want to see happen in our lives without acknowledging the will of God, our prayers become selfish. They become selfish because we are praying only for what we want and not for the will of God to be done. When we pray according to His will, we will find peace in allowing His will to be done no matter what it is. We will not feel slighted if what we planted with our prayers does not come  forth in the package that we expected because we know that God's will is the best for us. Don't get me wrong, it's okay to ask Him for the desires of our heart, but we must remember that God will provide the best for us according to what we desire. Ask God daily for His will to be done in your life and find peace that He will do exactly what He promised.

When it comes to God answering our prayers, it would benefit us greatly if we learn how to recognize when He answers instead of looking for what we prayed for. I'm sure many of us are walking around here waiting on God to answer our prayers when He already has, but because we are so focused on what we prayed for and what it should look like that we overlook His answer. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the answers you are seeking. He will do it, but you first must humble yourselves and ask. In my own personal experience, He has never let me down  in revealing things to me because I have learned to stay in constant communication with Him throughout my day - seeking Him only in all things because when I seek Him, I will find Him and the answers that I pray for. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV)."

I encourage you to pray without ceasing. Plant those prayers, water them with your faith, and let God do His part as you patiently wait for Him to answer. Prayer is our direct connection to God and it is through communicating with Him through prayer that we open ourselves up to not only be renewed, restored, and filled with his presence, but also receive His best for us.

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