I know there is a season for everything in due time. Party because of the Bible verse and also that song by The Byrds repeated it quite a bit as well. There are times when faith meets action, and the door of awakening and expectancy blows open. It’s amazing. Life changing, even. If you’re ready to receive it. You can experience something fascinating and it can have a forgettable response in the wrong season.
A time when I am not actively, diligently seeking. Or a time when I am cruising along on autopilot, and doing pretty good. Not really looking to rock any boats at the moment. Treading water. All I really know, but it works. It is what I am sticking to. No thanks, Jesus. We got it.
We don’t even realize the depth and gratitude of what we are passing on. Surely we don’t or we wouldn’t be so blinded, right? Part of that can be us. Part of it may be something more. When did we forget to iron lace our prayers with divine expectancy? When did we stop believing in our own words? Do we truly believe our prayers are going somewhere and to someone who can help us; but most importantly, do we believe He Will?
This blog post helps lay out praying with expectation in a simple, easy to understand and follow way. I came across it searching for clarification for myself on this topic. http://www.walkingbarefoot.com/writings/PWE.htm
We can choose how we respond or initiate contact or response with our Creator. We know He will pursue us. How will we react to this? What season are we in?
This year, let’s respond with gratitude with faith and expectancy of what He will do. Even if He doesn’t. Because I love this concept from Shadrach, Messach, and Abindigo in the Old Testament.
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:15-18).
We also know that God does not always guarantee that we will never suffer or experience death, but He does promise to be with us always. We should learn that in times of trial and persecution our attitude should reflect that of these three young men: “But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” (Daniel 3:18). Without question, these are some of the most courageous words ever spoken.
That is a prayer worth praying.
Article that changed my prayer life: http://bronlea.com/2013/08/06/one-little-word-that-radically-changed-my-prayers/