We’ve all done this. Or, at least, I can personally confess to this. Sometimes I make plans BEFORE I ask God to bless them. I take my perfectly outlined goals and present them in prayer as if we are in a conference call going over meeting notes for the day or year’s projected accomplishments. Sounds (almost) like a great idea, right? Maybe it even sounds like something somebody you know has done.
The problem is that the Lord does not want my perfectly packaged plans for our lives handed to Him to be blessed. He also doesn’t want your plans handed to Him in a prayer either. He wants us to seek Him. Ask His will, repent our sins, ask for forgiveness, seek to forgive others and follow where He leads us. He needs to lead BEFORE we make a move. We cannot make a move without consulting God and then ask Him to bless what we have decided to do.
Let me back up and say sorry. I’m apologizing because I know that sometimes it hurts to be reminded of, especially when we may even believe it has been whispered to us by God. I have made the mistake of making plans and dreams and using God like a genie to get what I want. It isn’t a bright idea. (I haven’t claimed to be bright, have I?) Let me remind you we can only know that God has to say if we are meeting with Him on a regular basis. Otherwise, what are we hearing? What are we following?
Sometimes the Devil sounds a lot like Jesus.
-Ben Rector (If you can hear me)
It can even be great, Godly things we are praying for!! But if it’s not His plan or will, it is not meant to be ours. And if it’s not meant to be ours, it’s not what we should pray for. Especially if it isn’t the will of God.
1 John 2:17
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Satan will try to distract us. I will go as far as to say as followers of Christ can unknowingly do the work of Satan if they are not seeking God’s will. Things that are packaged beautifully but not with the right intentions: that will get you right out of the will of God.
2 Corinthians 11:14
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
God’s plans for us are far beyond what we could ever imagine.
Romans 8: 28-30
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Once we see our goals, dreams and aspirations should be divinely proposed and pursued, we will be filled with His peace.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
He wants us to seek His will, His heart, His way. Above all things. This is a lesson that we often have to learn the difficult way through either (seemingly) unanswered prayers or “unblessed” plans gone awry. Often, (what seems to be) unanswered prayers are the best blessing we may never know we had.
I Give You My Heart (Hillsong Worship)
This is my desire
To honour You
Lord, with all my heart
I worship You
All I have within me
I give You praise
All that I adore
Is in You
Lord, I give You my heart
I give You my soul
I live for you alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I’m awake
Lord, have Your ways in me