We need to learn from Pappa how He created otherwise we will try to speak into being what we think or want. We will then be frustrated by the firing of blanks in our prayer. See below for the article that spoke of the blanks we fire.
April 24 at 4:12 PM
Sometimes we fire blanks.
Oh, we don’t mean to. We think we are firing powerful weapons of war, kicking ass and taking names.
But sometimes, sometimes we’re actually firing blanks.
Jesus modeled for us a way to pray that was more about telling the situation how it needs to be, rather than about us whining at God to pleeeeease make it be that way. We are learning to command, to declare, rather than to ask politely. Or impolitely.
That much is good.
The problem is, so often we just fire blanks.
We read the Gospels oh, and we observe how Jesus did it. He said, Lazarus come forth! And Lazarus came forth. He said, I am willing, be cleansed. And the leper was instantly healed.
We look at the model of Jesus, and we make it our model. But we are only looking at part of the model that Jesus gave us. We’re looking at his Harvest, not his labor.
I am a member of a few prayer groups. I am embarrassed to tell you how many times, in response to a really dire need, somebody pipes up, blithely commanding all demons to go to hell, smugly decreeing bones and skin and organs to line up, happily commanding this and that, and wrapping it all up with a grin of self-congratulation.
And of course very little actually changes. Nobody really expected it would. I think even that the enthusiastic intercessor himself didn’t expect it. And why would he? We get so that we’re commanding everything nowadays, and nobody points out that it’s not really changing much of anything. The emperor has no clothes on, but everyone is afraid to mention it.
Yeah, I know. I’ve overstated it in order to make a point. You know this goes on, at least some of the time.
I have been reflecting on how much of Jesus’ life is hidden from the casual reader of his biographies in the Gospels. I suspect that this is on purpose. If we really want to know the secrets, he wants to go find them for ourselves, to do the work of learning, to make the knowledge our own.
The gospels are quick to tell his hero testimonies, how he healed this person, raised that guy from the dead, all before lunch, and without raising a sweat.
That’s the part that big, flashy, and easily captures our attention. But it’s only the end of the story. We miss the beginning and the middle. And I think that if we don’t follow all of Jesus’ example, the beginning, the middle, and the end, we will probably not have the results that Jesus had.
I have been involved in a lot of spiritual war. I have friends who have been in so much more than I have. Some of it has been successful; some has been less successful. Ultimately, I think that Winston Churchill may have had it right. War involves blood, sweat, toil, tears. And healing the sick, raising the dead, these are acts of War. It’s not a quick declaration of victory and move on.
I’ve been thinking about the topic of rest recently. God is constantly inviting his people to a place of rest. Not a place of doing nothing, a place of doing much, but doing it from the place of resting in him. Kind of a foreign concept to most of us, I think. But it wasn’t foreign to Jesus. Jesus seemed pretty big on working from a place of rest. I’m beginning to learn the value of this.
And Jesus was always getting away with Father. Sure, we have our “quiet times,” and that’s a great starting point, but it seemed that Jesus spent all night in prayer sometimes. All night, getting to know what Father was doing and thinking.
In fact, there was one time he spent much of the night in prayer, and it was hard work. He sweat blood. We talk about that in the context of the Easter story, but as he said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” Paul kept up the theme. “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”
I’m not saying that blood is the signifier of a solid prayer life. I’m saying there’s work involved, hard work, if we’re aspiring to declare with the kind of power that Jesus’ declarations had.
There is one more secret, I think, that we need to lay hold of. In John 5, Jesus revealed this secret: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
The last secret (for this moment) of Jesus’ amazing record was that he was only doing what he saw Father doing.
A whole lot of our failing comes from our making our declarations about things that are in our heart and mind that are not actually things that Father is doing. They may be things that we wish he was doing, things that we think he might want to do, or things that we ourselves want, and we’re maybe just putting God’s name on them.
That’s a whole lot different than seeing what God is doing, or seeing the situation – really seeing it! – in its completed state, and then telling reality to line up with that vision.
This is a hard one to ‘fess up to. But we kind of have to separate our desires from his, separate soul from spirit, as it were, in order to walk how Jesus walked.
I’m so thankful that we’re growing up into Him. We’re going to change the world. In him.
We need to remember that Pappa created outside of time, time is part of what He created. When He created He was totally confident in what He was doing.
AS the above article says we need to be able to see what Pappa is doing to join with Him and speak it out to create it, that we can only do because through Jesus because we are in Him. However, God still had a process. And that is what I want to consider.
God already knew what He wanted to create when He started in Genesis 1
“I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’” (Isaiah 46:9–10).
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16).
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16:13)
He looked at the chaos of the start and proceeded step by step to bring order and create towards His final destination vision. This is often our situations or conditions, even oir sicknesses.
Genesis 1 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
1 In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens (an abode for the stars) and the earth .
2 The earth was without form (confusion and unreality) and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.
4 And God saw (inspect, perceive, consider) that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. (darkness was already there, He created light, but He needed to separate them and in that separation two very good things were created, day and night. And as in our own situations, once the light (Jesus) is shone we can start to separate the confusion.)
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament [the expanse of the sky] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters [below] from the waters [above].
7 And God made the firmament [the expanse] and separated the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse. And it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heavens. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. Darkness, light became Day and night, formless became water and heavens or firmamnent. 2 days 4 things, step by step process.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be collected (wait for expectaintly) into one place [of standing], and let the dry land appear (things hoped for, outcome). And it was so.
10 God called the dry land Earth, and the accumulated waters He called Seas. And God saw that this was good (fitting, admirable) and He approved it.
11 And God said, Let the earth put forth [tender] vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees yielding fruit whose seed is in itself, each according to its kind, upon the earth. And it was so.
12 The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed according to their own kinds and trees bearing fruit in which was their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it.
13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs and tokens [of God’s provident care], and [to mark] seasons, days, and years,
15 And let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light upon the earth. And it was so.
16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light (the sun) to rule the day and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night. He also made the stars.
17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth,
18 To rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it.
19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.
21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. Still in process, no sign of God’s delight, man created in His image.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creeping things, and [wild] beasts of the earth according to their kinds. And it was so.
25 And God made the [wild] beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and domestic animals according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it.
26 God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.
29 And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
30 And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground—to everything in which there is the breath of life—I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.
31 And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
As Pappa has created in stages, using a process, so should we.