Summary: Series nspired by a short book by E.W. Price Jr.
Sermon Series: “The A.C.T.S. of Prayer”
(Inspired by a short book by E.W. Price Jr.)
Sermon #3: “S – Seeking God’s Will”
OPENING JOKE: “A prayer for patience from a new wife”
Lord, I pray for Wisdom – to understand my husband;
Love – to forgive him;
Patience – to survive his moods;
Because, Lord if I pray for Strength, I’ll beat him to death. Amen.
INTRODUCTION: This is the final week of our series entitled, “The ACTS of Prayer”. You will remember that the word ACTS is an acrostic, with each letter giving us a deeper insight into our devotional prayer life:
A – Affirmation of God’s Presence; Adoration of God’s Person
C – Confession
T – Thanksgiving
We have learned that it is by affirmation and adoration that we move into the presence of God – and by confession of sin and thanksgiving that we renew the bond of fellowship with Him.
This week we are going to finish the acrostic with the letter ‘S’ which stands for “Seeking God’s Will”.
Now for many, this part of prayer is greatly misunderstood.
Some think that prayer is all about asking God for what we desire, and the only time a prayer comes forth is when a need or want is not being met.
(Forget Adoration, Confession or Thanksgiving – they go right to Seeking… and then they don’t seek God’s will, but their own!)
And others think that God will always answer their requests in the ‘affirmative’ because they have taken a verse or two from scripture that seem to imply this and have not looked at the Bible as a whole to see how God answers prayer.
Now, I will admit that some Scripture seems to indicate that God always answers in the affirmative:
But when we look at the Scripture as a whole we get the picture of what Jesus was saying here
o I understand both to be saying that ultimately our desires shouldn’t contradict God’s desires and if they do we shouldn’t expect an affirmative response.
o This basically tells us that when we ask and do not receive, it is because we are asking for the wrong thing
o This doesn’t mean that you are a terrible or selfish person; it just means that God is not going to grant you the request at that time because it does not line up with His ultimate will for you.
o Again I encourage you to look at the whole verse. It says to ‘delight yourself… in the Lord’
o Let me ask you: If you delight yourself in the Lord, will not the desire of your heart be His will carried out in your life?