- Original Teaching: Wait on the Lord
- Date: March 3, 2002
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not to faint”. Luke 18:1
- Review By: Jason Felton
In the last couple of months we have reviewed some pretty outstanding teachings. First we looked at “How To Keep Your Faith From Failing” and then we followed that up with “Ye Are Gods”. In the coming weeks we are going to discuss waiting on the Lord. This is an absolute necessity if we are going to practically live out the faith and power of God. In Luke 18:1, Jesus tells us that men ought always to pray and not to faint. What a powerful admonition! If we are going to truly wait on the Lord then we have to be men and women of prayer. Prayer is essential to the life of the believer, but unfortunately in today’s society it is one of the least practiced things in professed Christianity. The Word of God tells us that we are to pray without ceasing. This begs the question, “How are we to pray?” And that is the focus of today’s post.
In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus gives us the model prayer or as we know it “The Lord’s Prayer”. Verse 9 says “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. All prayer should start with humility- emptying of all self reliance. All prayer should start with worship. We need to be giving Him the glory, honor, and praise that’s due His name. To many times we come into the presence of God with a list of demands and needs. Beloved, we need to enter into God’s presence with an attitude of worship and thanksgiving. We need to enter into God’s presence looking to make God big and not be taken up with our circumstances. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, He is our Heavenly Father, He is the Alpha and Omega.
Prayer is practicing the presence of God, it’s that communion that we have where we can come and sit as His feet. What a precious gift He has given us! Too often though we enter prayer for what we can get. We see prayer as a way where we can get God to do OUR will or to accomplish OUR goals. God is not some external force to accomplish your agenda! He’s not a Santa Claus or a Genie! He’s not our servant! In fact prayer is not at all about changing your circumstances, prayer is about changing the pray-er (YOU!). It’s a vehicle used to make us aware of the will of God. Look at the next part of the Lord’s prayer (Matt 6:10), “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done”. Prayer is about accomplishing God’s will, not yours. You haven’t prayed until you’re will has become subordinate to the will of God, until He’s all in all. Prayer is never finished until you’ve resigned yourself to the will of God.
Friends, the fact of the matter is you don’t know what’s eternally best for you and everybody else that may be involved in the thing you are praying about. We get so caught up with we think is best, or the thing that we are praying for, or the circumstances, or the consequences if things don’t change that we forget to realize that God is orchestrating every step of our lives. We think that the power of our prayer is going to somehow do something. It’s not the power of our prayers, it’s the power of the ONE who we are praying to! Our prayers are not based on our own merit, or our own strength, or how long we pray, or how many scriptures we can quote. You want to pray effectively pray “Our Father”! What’s going to cause us to be victorious is not to be taken up with the thing we are praying for, but to be taken up with a life that’s built in the presence of God. Praying “Thy will be done” will give us confidence in our prayers because we know that NOTHING can change or thwart the will of God no matter what we may “see” or “hear” or “perceive”. Don’t limit what God is doing in your life by your own perception. He was made sin with our sin so we can be made righteous with His righteousness!! HALLELUJAH!! Why are you afraid then that somewhere down the line, God is going to hold out on you?
How many of you would like to have the prayer life of Jesus? He said “When I pray, I KNOW my Father hears me”. It wasn’t just hearing that Jesus was assured of, but the fact that God would respond. The reason God would respond in every situation is because Jesus always prayed according to His Father’s will. Jesus wasn’t asking for a bunch of stuff, for a bunch of things to change, He was simply communing with His Father. Brothers and sisters it can be the same for us. We can have the confidence that when we pray our Heavenly Father hears us and He will respond! But you have to get your own will, your own agenda out of the way first. You have to begin to pray according to His plan and His purposes. Well how long do I have to pray? How long do I wait? What if things don’t happen right away? What if it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to? IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU, IT’S ABOUT GOD!! Don’t be quick to give up on the will of God. Men ought ALWAYS to pray and not to faint. That fainting aspect is what we are going to talk about next week as we continue to look into this series about waiting on the Lord.