Desperate or Deliberate?

15 02 2012

God’s direction for our lives is not typically born out of DESPERATE prayers, but out of DELIBERATE ones!

Oh, we’re good at desperate prayers.  And now doubt, there are moments in life where desperate prayers are the ONLY prayer to offer.  In the wake of tragedy or in the face of affliction you lift up to God that prayer of desperation.  “HELP us God!”  “HEAR us God!”  “HEAL us God!” But if ALL we have in our lives is DESPERATE prayers, most likely we won’t find God’s DIRECTION for our lives.  God’s direction typically comes from DELIBERATE prayers!

Acts 13:2 says this One day AS these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul (Paul) for the special work to which I have called them.”

Notice that?  Ok, maybe you didn’t.  I didn’t see it the first time either.  God spoke DIRECTION into their lives and it was born out of DELIBERATE prayers!  They weren’t praying WHETHER to commission Paul and Barnabas for their first missionary journey.  They were just PRAYING!  ONE DAY as these men were fasting and praying…JUST seeking God, God spoke direction into their lives.

Too often, we wait to pray until we HAVE to make a decision, and then we just pray a prayer of DESPERATION.  I believe the more DELIBERATE we are in our prayers, the more DIRECTION we’ll receive from God and we won’t need as many prayers of DESPERATION.  You’ll start to notice a lot more ONE DAY’S in your life when you begin to pray EVERY DAY!



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