Posted by: Terry | June 1, 2011

He already has a plan

He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. (John 6:6 NIV)

Normal days are rare, as a result we find ourselves asking, “What do I do?” “How do I…?”  Jesus never asks that as he “already had in mind what he was going to do.”

This phrase is stuck with me today. “He already had in mind what he was going to do.” The more I think on it the more it amazes and delivers peace. I may worry, but he “already had in mind…” The problem is no surprise for God. I may pray that something will work out, yet, “he already had in mind…”

Whatever situation I find overwhelming, he already has a plan. And a plan that is far better than one I will come up with.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  (Jer 29:11 NIV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  (Rom 8:28 NIV)

Again I am reminded that prayer is so much more than telling God about our problems, and asking (telling) him how we want them fixed. When he does it our way we say he answered prayer, when he does not do it our way then we console ourselves by saying “sometimes God says no.”

The priority in prayer is to align ourselves with who God is, and what he is doing. The Lord’s Prayer begins by acknowledging that God is in heaven, we are on earth, then asks that his will be done, not ours. We tend to turn it all around. We ask for what we want, then resignedly add, “but your will be done.” Should we not seek his will first? And add that if it happens to fit my idea great, if not great.

As Alexis got older she made fewer requests that we said no to, because as she grew she learned to ask for the things that she knew were in harmony with what we would agree with. As we grow with Christ we should find that we learn what his request would be in a similar situation and we ask less for our own desires, and more for the will of the Father. The frequency of “God says no” should diminish as we mature.

When Mary was confronted with the shortage of wine at the wedding in Cana, an event that both Philip and Andrew attended, she said, “Do whatever he says.” She brought the problem to Jesus’ attention, then let him work.

Jesus was testing and showing the disciples that they still had some growing to do. Philip focused on the enormity of the problem, Andrew on the inadequacy of the resources on hand, Mary on the person of Jesus. Would an appropriate answer to Jesus have been, “Lord, what would you have me do?”

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