Pocedures have a way of adding structure, continuity and peace to our lives. Are there procedures to prayers? If so, what are they? With the three questions in this series of posts, you can approach God with a new perspective. You can see what is the next step, and what is God’s will for your life. If you need to catch up on the first two posts click here for :001 and here for :002.
What if a surgeon treated procedure like we sometimes treat God’s specific directions?
Once we find out what is available from God, then we go through the steps of receiving it, now what? That depends on how blessed you want to be. God can help us get the most of every blessing by showing us what to do with it once we get it. We know from promises all over the Word that we can have peace, deliverance from fear, strength and much more. But now what? What do we do once we’ve got it?
The Apostle Paul is a wonderful example of this. Before he was Paul, his name was Saul. Saul was busy arresting and chasing down Christians when this verse happened.
“And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. (A light greater than the noon sun obviously) And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.” Acts 22:6-8
Saul didn’t know what was available at that point, but he had a of change of heart. The kind that takes out pride and replaces it with humility.
“And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.” vs. 10
Jesus Christ sent him on his way, blinded temporarily, to think about what was going to happened next.
“And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt [there], Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” vs. 12-16
Do you see all three questions?
- What was available for Paul? He was healed of the blindness, then called to a ministry.
- How could he receive it? Listen for God’s voice.
- What should he do once he had it? You shall be a witness to all men of what you’ve seen and heard.
It goes on to say that he should go unto the Gentiles first. A Jew wasn’t supposed to hang out with Gentiles. Sometimes God’s direction will contradict our training but it will never contradict the Word. God knows what is best for you. If you are willing as Paul was, nothing can stop the miracles and deliverance from coming in your life.
Next Post: I’ll talk about tipping the scales in your favor with prayer.
God Bless You today!
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