Praying God’s will is not a rhema issue, but a logos issue. No one knows all of the logos. We only know what we have known. Thus, it takes time to study the logos to understand God’s will. For us 21st century disciples and sons of God, we lead the logos through various filters.
It’s at this point that we revisit what we initially heard or saw, and then based on the logos, we enter into prayer. We do not pray for justification of our original point. We pray for Holy Spirit to teach us what He is teaching us, in light of what we heard or saw. We pray to learn His mind. We pray to submit all that we learned in our study about what we originally heard and saw… and we sit with it as He brings revelation together.
When we do this, a few things happen.
The wonderful backdrop to all of this is a life where we actively seek the Lord. Discipline and relationship with Him can speed up the processes outlined above. DO NOT WORRY — I am not creating another law. My emphasis here is on cultivating a heart that follows hard after Abba. For all the ways He can minister to us, we can use a lot of those ways to seek Him too. It’s beautiful. Sunrises and sunsets, music of all kinds, cooking, sewing, and other creative tasks, journaling our prayers, books, and more… they can all be ways we seek Him. On the slate of a clean heart, there is the likelihood that the initial vision, word, etc. is pure.
Take a breath, and seek Him. And when He taps us to pray and speak His will, invest in the time to learn what He is saying… and, in what direction He is saying. Ask Him about “packaging” — that is, how to deliver His will. And then with humbling joy, do His will. I hope this helps. Selah, and love to all.
Dr. Shaunta Scroggins is the lead contributor for The Bereans’ Commentary.
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