God Shows Us…Step 2…Purpose
“Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Romans 8:26-30 (NKJV)
We just saw on step 1 how important prayer is in our relationship with God. When we are doing all things for His Glory we must rely upon His strength. His will is beyond what we can comprehend and that is why we must depend upon the Holy Spirit in our prayers to see God’s purpose and not our own. How many times have we tried things our way with our purpose in mind? When we go in our own ways, our own strength, and own purpose we see results we want to see with our expectations. God knows us, our path, our weaknesses, and our need for Him, His will, and His strength to do His purpose for His will so we must seek Him. Do we always seek Him? Do we always spend time with Him? Do we get busy with our business and miss out on His business for His purpose?
We are all guilty of this at some point or possibly all the time. Can we change this misdirection? Yes, we can, and Scripture shows a beautiful example of being so busy with personal agendas we can leave out a personal relationship that needs to grow in His love. We see this with Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV):
38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
How many times are we just Martha and we get so busy serving we miss God’s plans, God’s will, and God’s purpose? Mary as she sat, was drawn to the love of Jesus, and spent time at His feet listening. What a beautiful example for us because if we will spend time at the feet of Jesus, He will show us the Father’s will. As we conform to His image we will serve with the Servant’s heart and not our own. His purpose for His Glory should be why we pray so we can see His purpose.
So, we saw step 1 was prayer, step 2 was purpose which takes us to step 3 which is preparation. God will not ask you to do anything that He is not or has not prepared you for in your blessed journey so that you can in turn bless Him and others as His love flows through you.