Have you ever been to the NY/NJ PATH or NYC Subway system in the middle of rush hour? The noise, the amount of people and the quickness with which to move is overwhelming when you do it for the first time. It reminds me of the times where I first experience a time of confusion or need for life direction. I am asking God for an answer and often I will ask, “God, what are you up to? God, just tell me what you are doing?”
I could go into heavy theology and quote A.W. Tozer over and over again here, but it is really simple. I have the wrong perspective when I ask God what he is doing at a given moment. When we ask that question we assume God functions like us, getting to bed at night and waking up with a grand to-do list and hoping to get all done in time. You can probably relate to that scenario, we all can. However, God does not start and stop, He is eternally orchestrating. Think about just one of God’s attributes Omniscience… This means that God knows the past, present and future all at the same time. So while we are praying for God to provide in a given scenario, He has been there and done that already.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to prayer purpose:
- God needs me to pray
- God desires that I pray
I come from the school of thought that believes God desires that I pray. Asking God what he is up to is not wrong in any fashion, rather it will lead us to this answer… I AM. Oswald Chambers wrote:
Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is.
What is a faith that is based on God telling you the answers beforehand. I come from a Pentecostal background, and even prophetic anointing will often give a sense of purpose, direction or pre-confirmation to what may happen; however, it is rare that you will be told everything all at once. The prophetic is a blessing and a charge to your faith and you must take the steps of faith required because you BELIEVE that God is who He says He is.
What I love about God’s will is that it will be accomplished, not because of me, but despite me. He loves you and I so much and desires relationship with us, but often we just want a quick fix or an answer to our problems. God wants us to know Him more because that is an eternal answer, one that keeps giving over and over again. Jesus said it plainly when he told the woman at the well this in John 4:14
But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” – NASB
Yes, Jesus was referring to salvation in this passage. However, the real answer here is that all the answers to life are in this passage as well. Simply this, know God! When we know Him, we strike fear aside, we take on the impossible, we love people and we serve with pure motives.
I will pray this more often:
Dear Jesus, in this circumstance, show me who You are! Reveal more about yourself so that I decrease and you increase.