What’s He Thinking?
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10 (ESV)
Have you ever gotten on your knees, began to pray and then found yourself wondering, “I wonder what God is thinking?” It isn’t like you’re asking Him to reveal to you what He is thinking about your petition, but instead, you’re wondering what He is thinking of YOU while you are praying. Ya know, the pressures of everyday life in those valley moments can bring us to a point where we start to wonder if God is even listening let alone having a say in what’s going on around us. You can’t tell me that there aren’t times when a person’s prayer life doesn’t get rocked by the world around them.
I was recently asked, “What do you believe God is thinking while you are praying?” and with an exhibition of someone who has a lackluster faith I replied…”You’re an idiot.” That is God thinking yours truly being the idiot. I said that because I am experiencing a valley moment in my life and it seems as if Death Valley has the higher elevation right now. Now don’t get me wrong, I approach the Throne of Grace every morning knowing that He is there but there are some things in my life right now that are just not going anywhere. It’s like I start hearing the voices of Job’s friends telling me that surely I had to do something wrong to be at such a point or maybe, like the apostle’s, I’m just asleep in Gethsemane.
Now we don’t have to wonder what Jesus was thinking of those sleeping apostles at this time, particularly Peter. He had been so confident to declare that he would abide in Christ, stand by Him, and even die with Him. But Jesus has to wake Peter up and wonder how he was going to be able to stand with Him for a lifetime if he wasn’t able to stand by Him throughout this night. Jesus has to wonder how he will be able to withstand the temptations that will come to him, perform his promises of love, fidelity, constancy, and have a close attachment to Jesus, in the greatest dangers, when he couldn’t keep himself awake one hour for Christ’s sake.
However from what we read in Colossians Paul was in constant in prayer petitioning the Throne of Grace on behalf of those Colossae believers. That they might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom, so that they might have a “spiritual understanding” of the mysteries of grace, which by the prudence of the Holy Spirit, they could receive. Paul prays that their knowledge might also grow in practice; for knowledge, without practice, is nothing. We need to follow Paul’s example and first ask for knowledge, and then practice, for how should we act according to the will of God, or Christ, unless we know it?
E.M. Bounds says, “The man of prayer, whether layman or preacher, is God’s right-hand man. In the realm of spiritual affairs, he creates conditions, inaugurates movements, brings things to pass.” That encourages my heart…hearing that God just may be considering a praying me His right-hand man. It is better than this that Bounds also shares, ”A prayerless man handicaps the vigor and life of the whole system like a demoralized soldier is a menace to the force of which he forms part, in the day of battle.” Not sure about you but I’ll take the right-hand man over being a demoralized solider any day. So what is YHVH thinking of me while I pray? I’ll rest in thinking He says, “Hey, that’s my right-hand man showing up for battle…AMEN!!!” – Chris Hughes is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger and a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Quote of the day: “If there was ever a time when Peter, James and John needed to remain awake it was in Gethsemane. If James had persisted in keeping awake it might have saved his decapitation a few years later. If Peter had stirred himself to really intercede for himself and others he would not have denied his Christ that night in the palace of Caiaphas.”—H. W. Hodge
Verse to Memorize: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58