Here are the last two steps to the two-part post. If you have read the first post then you are probably excited about some of the answers you already received. Here are 2 critical thinking steps that when applied to the first three steps, will rock your prayer life.
Steps: 4 & 5
4. Your NEEDS and WANTS must be parallel. I’ve found this puts your priorities in order. Lets say for instance you really need a job, but you don’t want to work. You want to stay home and feed your goldfish, Mr. Fluffy Gills all day. In that instance I would say, your needs and wants are not parallel. Consequently you will not be motivated to go out and look for the job you desperately need. God cannot steer a parked car. On the other hand you desperately need a job and you want to work at something you love doing. Then you are motivated and moving towards taking care of those needs. “Do” is the biggest little word in the Bible. Doing God’s Word is far more enlightening than just reading it. James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
5. God’s Willingness is always Equal to his Ability. How able is God, the creator of the heavens and earth? Romans 4:20-21 He(Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he(God) had promised, he was able also to perform. What God promised, (his willingness) he was also able to perform. If you were sitting along the highway with a flat tire and your good friend pulled up wanting to help you. But you needed a jack and he didn’t have a jack. Isn’t he willing, but not able? Now lets say he pulled up and had a jack, but didn’t want to help you out? Isn’t he able, but not willing. Many times people put conditions on God’s willingness. We all know he is able, but what would keep him from being willing to help you his child? NOTHING! His Ability = His Willingness.
In conclusion: There are over 900 promises in the Word of God. 900! How many of these precious resources do you know about, and are willing to tap into just by asking the first question? God, is it available? Prayer is a conversation with your Father. Be honest, mostly with yourself, and be willing to do what he suggests. With these steps the treasures that lay just within your grasp will be yours for the taking. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, (born again of God’s Spirit) who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Those who are doing these steps will automatically be walking in the Spirit. Isn’t it a relief to realize that there isn’t anything wrong with you? There is no question, no prayer, no problem that God cannot handle. In fact he probably eats larger problems than yours for breakfast. I am very proud of your effort to walk out on God’s promises in your life. Now the only question remains: “What next God?”