I near the final goal, answered prayer and how to get there. So I’ve discussed: concept of God, believing is seeing, what to pray for, how to pray, and how often should I pray. If I have been reading and starting to apply previous posts, I will start to grasp what Oswald Chambers writes in yesterdays reading in My Utmost for His Highest. ‘You must be willing to be placed on the altar and go through the fire; willing to experience what the altar represents—burning, purification, and separation for only one purpose—the elimination of every desire and affection not grounded in or directed toward God. But you don’t eliminate it, God does.’
At the end of the reading, Chambers adds, ‘Tell God you are ready to be poured out as an offering, and God will prove himself to be all you ever dreamed he would be.’
How God Views Me
When looking for answered prayer, I must remember that God views me across eternity, that he wants me and those around me in eternal relationship with him. Answered prayer falls into context of God’s eternal purpose, my eternal relationship with him. If I don’t want that relationship, then I cannot receive answered prayer. This means that God burns away anything that prevents or distracts me from my eternal relationship with him.
This may seem very painful, but meditate and pray on it. I will find it to be like Matthew 11:28-30. In this place, I will find peace and freedom. I leave behind the broken and unmendable and reach out to Jesus. He will take me to the place where I will find answered prayer. Ultimately I will learn that neither prayer nor heaven exist for my purposes. They exist for God. I will find peace and all that I desire there, but in context of my relationship with him, the purpose of my creation and existence now and forever.
Originally published on Feb 7, 2013