Bill Johnson said, “If it matters to you, it matters to him. Persistence in prayer does not change God. It shapes us for the answer.”
R.T. Kendall talks about praying dangerous prayers in his book “God Meant it for Good”:
“It is not necessary that you pray that (dangerous) prayer. God has the right to do precisely that anyways because you are his…I have a theory that those who do pray a prayer like that (even if it is just saying “God you can have my life”) have been led to pray in that way by God who has given them that prayer as a kind of merciful warning. It is a sign that he is working in them already so that they won’t be too surprised later. He is going to do it anyways…but what he did was to inspire you to pray that way so that when he took your prayer seriously you would know YOU had prayed that way.”
This revelation of prayer is beginning to shape my perspective of the prayers I prayed in the past and the prayers I am praying now. If you’re led to ask the Lord for it, it’s because HE’S ALREADY WANTING TO DO IT and he’s conditioning your heart to DESIRE what he desires.
I think of how much more fun it is for the Lord to see us receive incredible provision or blessing (or anything, really) after we have faithfully labored in prayer for those things. Our heart was positioned to RECEIVE and be THANKFUL!
Just think of the things you’re praying for now. THE PROMISE IS: IF YOU DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD, HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.
HE PUT THESE DESIRES IN YOU FOR A REASON! Just think…
There is GREAT EXPECTATION to SEE the desires of our heart.
It is GOOD.