“ALSO [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up).”(Luke 18:1 AMPC)
Jesus will answer prayers, but He’s also wanting you to be a strengthened spiritual being, which means your spirit man must get stronger, your soul must be in agreement with your spirit man, so it can begin to understand what the world is around us. Then you have confidence in and trust in the process of God’s order. As we have confidence and trust in God’s order, we learn to continue to mature in the things that matter to God.
If you don’t have an immediate answer to prayer, it’s not because God’s not ready to answer your prayer or that you don’t have a need. There is also a consideration that God wants you to grow. A strong heart can complete assignments needed to bring heaven to earth.
God wants us to have a relationship where He can instruct us, and then we can get on with the job of doing what He wants us to do on the earth.
Asking in prayer and being focused on assignment strengthens your heart. It creates confidence and trust in the process of God’s order.
If I do everything that matters to God, then everything He does brings matter to us. He brings matter to us in everything that matters to us because now we’re doing everything that matters to Him.
Be persistent in your asking, but don’t quit because God wants you to strengthen your heart. He wants you to grow so that you understand what matters to Him.
Declare: “I, thank you, Lord, that as I ask you for things in prayer, that I’m asking it, focused on my assignment that You are giving me. As I’m doing that, my heart is being strengthened, my spirit life is being strengthened, and I’m creating a confidence and a trust in the process of Your order in my life, and I’m continuing to learn to mature in the things that matter to You.”
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”(Colossians 3:1-3 NKJV)
When you are before God, He doesn’t just see you. He sees you behind Christ; you are hidden in Christ before God. When you have a conversation with God, you’re having that conversation through Christ, which is absolutely pure.
“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.”
(Colossians 3:1-2 MSG)
We shuffle along with all the things where actually what God is saying, “Lift up your vision, lift up your understanding” of where you’re at. Live in the heavenly realm and the way that He sees things and His perspective because He’s not worried about whether He can feed you. He’s not worried about whether He can give you a house to stay in. He’s not worried about whether He needs to get you from A to B. He can get you there, but we got to take our minds off what’s down here and lift them up to where He sits. Let’s see what He sees. Let’s think the way He thinks, let’s, let’s have His realities as part of what we do.
If your whole attention is focused on what you’re going to do next and where you want to go and what you’re going to do, and this next thing. It’s all about you, and it’s all about what you have to have next. Then your desire is not focused on what He wants; it’s not focused on His realities. It’s not focused on what He’s wanting to do on the earth through you. It’s just focused on you.
When you receive that revelation-knowledge from God, and that reality that He’s revealing to you, comes into your heart, it must, by definition, replace your current reality. You can’t stay in a current reality when you’ve got revelation from God.
Any kind of change in any kind of growth you’re going to have is going to make you feel uncomfortable, but you have to learn and discern the difference between discomfort and God’s peace. If you follow His peace, it doesn’t matter how uncomfortable it comes, His peace will always guide you and lead you, and you’ll win. Sometimes you gotta not allow the energy of that discomfort to destroy your peace.
Remember, God will not keep feeding you significant revelation to change your reality until you start doing what the revelation says and change your reality.
Declare: I’m not looking, shuffling around in this present-day reality, trying to see, trying to make do with what I’ve got here. I’ve got my sights set on things above. I’m seeing the world with His perspective. I’m seeing the worlds, I’m seated at the right hand of the Father, in Christ, I’m up there, and I’m seeing the world with His perspective.
God’s after us to have a complete over all of what’s relevant in your life and what’s relevant in your world and the world that you occupy. He wants us to have His reality, and we need to be fully occupied with His stuff that He wants us to get done.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”(Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)
He’s also able to do more than we can do, even when we ask according to His reality. Even as we ask, according to the revelation that we have, the redemption that is in us, the ability to sit with Him in heavenly places, He’s able to do more than that. Because He’s seated at the right hand of the Father, and we are in Him. And we must just ask, and He’ll do whatever we ask. We just don’t ask enough because we can’t imagine enough because we don’t see ourselves there.
Declare: I see myself there! Thank You Lord that You can do more and that all I have to do is ask.