Our experiences with life lead us to see and embrace the purpose that we were created for… we were created to live with purpose. Yet our experiences, when looked at or dealt with all this in the wrong way, lead us to lean on ourselves or to think we are hopeless, helpless and headed nowhere. That could not be more wrong.
We have to look at our situations of life from God’s perspective. God brought us this far. Find your purpose. Make a difference, and God will bless you in the process.
In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.
God is our source of purpose. He gives us a plan. And He gets all, all the glory. How can we give glory to God when our perspective is all screwed up? We cannot. We won’t. That is why we have to make things right with Him.
Paul reminded us that hard times ought to lead us, as it did him, to stop relying on himself and start relying on God. Our confidence in Christ will take us further, will reinforce our purpose and open up more to come!
God is in charge. He has our lives and all things around it in His control and in His hands. It is time for us to align our lives with this truth. That leads us to live a life of giving.
Psalm 146:5 NASB
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Prayer is a big deal. It must be part of our life. Prayer is part of the person who seek God and want His blessings. Prayer changes situations, and it may be because it begins by changing us.
Acts 12:5 NASB
So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.
We must let our situations keep us from praying. When times are easy, most people forget to pray or at least don’t make it a priority. When times are tough, we turn to God and pray. Yet we can learn to make prayer part of our lives as we learn to lean on God and fully rely on Him.
To pray without expectation is to misunderstand the whole concept of prayer and relationship with God. -- A W Tozer