Heyyyyy! I am so glad the blog is live again and to be back sharing my faith/freedom journey with you! This week we are talking about praying expectantly.
Life experience has taught us that expectations can be quick to kill our horizontal relationships (with friends, spouses, children) but I am convinced that it is not so with God!
God has been revealing to me over these past few weeks how we can/should come to Him in prayer expectant for there to be a move or a change in whatever situation we are praying into. Here are a few questions I have been asking myself. Do I believe that my prayers are powerful and effective? (James 5:16) Do I pray into situations with the authority that I have in Christ? (He that is in me is victorious over sin and death and has overcome the world! (1 Cor 15: 55-57; John 16:33) Do I pray in faith without doubt, fear, or worry? (Mark 11:22-25) Am I thinking/speaking life into situations or am I speaking/thinking negatively surrounding it? (Rom 4:17) Do I pray from a complete realization of the peaceful relationship that I have with my Father in Christ? (Col 1:20)
Here’s the thing, it used to be my pattern to go to my 4 closest friends and my mom (I’m an extrovert, can you tell?!) when a situation that caused worry, fear, or basically any emotion arose in my life. God has transformed my heart to where that is not the case anymore and more often than not He is where I run first, but sometimes I still go to Him with fear and doubt rather than faith. I see multiple instances in the Word where this is not how He wants us to approach Him.
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2 Cor 1:20
Here’s another. Take a minute and let it sink in. If you want to look at it in context, it is Paul speaking to the believers in Corinth. Which means that it is for us as well.
So why isn’t it our pattern to have this kind of faith? The answer is not because of our human nature (which has been crucified with Christ). It’s because we tend to focus on what life experience has taught us more than on the promises of God.
This doesn’t mean that we ignore the problems in this world. It means we speak life into them (declaring God’s promises over the situation is a good place to start!) It means that we maintain our faith in the promises of God and do not create theologies around life experience. It means that even IF that mountain doesn’t move, we continue praying expectantly. Again and again.
Recommended Resources for Praying Expectantly
- Igniting Faith in 40 Days by Steve and Wendy Backlund This book challenges the reader to a 40 day fast from negativity while declaring the Scriptural promises of God. This is an incredible devotional and the declarations have opened my eyes to all that God has promised His people. They include references which is helpful to confirm validity, of course.
- Zion Christian Fellowship | Chris Gore Speaking on Communion This is a profound perspective of coming to communion expectantly and combats the idea of an introspective/self-focused approach to communion. The speaking starts at the time linked, the beginning of the video is worship and testimonials which are great too.
Is this how you pray? Did this make you think? Start the conversation below!