THURSDAY 26TH JULY, 2018
WORD FOCUS: THE ULTIMATE IN PRAYER
TEXT: Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren….”
The Bible says, ‘Those God foreknew he … predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.’ When you read the preceding verses in the chapter you will discover God does this through prayer. This should encourage you to pray. Many times we don’t pray because we don’t think anything’s happening but with God, something’s always happening! We wonder, ‘When is He going to work?’ What we fail to understand is – He’s always working. When it comes to prayer He’s either answering the way you hoped, or changing your heart through the Spirit’s intercession to bring your prayer into harmony with His will. Ironically you don’t see anything happening.’ When you plant a seed, you don’t come back the next day expecting green shoots and leaves. Does that mean nothing’s happening? No, a host of necessary processes are taking place below the ground where you can’t see them. Don’t make the mistake of thinking because you don’t see the evidence that nothing’s happening. It’s just not harvest time yet.
One way in which God is making us more like Jesus is by helping us to pray the way Jesus prayed, ‘Not my will, but thy, be done’ (Luke 22:42). That means when your prayer lines up with His will, He’s already working on it even though you can’t see it. If your prayer isn’t in accordance with His will, He’s working to change your request by changing you. Unanswered prayer can be as big as a blessing as answered prayer, when it keeps us from violating God’s will. More so, what is God’s will? To make you more like Jesus which is an indication that it is God’s plan that He has foreknown and predestinated- His will and best for all who accept the call of salvation; the gospel. However, not the individual conformity of free wills to the plan but, God’s mind considering the ultimate in prayer is to enable us through His – Holy Spirit make intercession for you and I according to His will in verse 27. Read the testimony of Apostle Paul in Acts 22:12-15.
MEDITATION: Rom. 8:26-27
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
JUDGES 7/ACTS 11/JER. 21/MATT. 24
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