We can receive many wonderful things when we pray. By spending time with our Creator, we can know His joy, victory, presence, mercy, forgiveness, etc, but what about His favour? We know God is a generous Father who rejoices in giving good gifts to His children, but a life that is aligned with God’s purposes will see God’s results. Just because we read all the books and know all the strategies and have all the experience, doesn’t mean God owes us anything. He’s not waiting for us to fulfill the Top Ten Methods To Grow Your Church until He actually grows our church. Of course, we should learn all we can. We are called to be wise, not naive, and we are tremendously blessed with a multitude of resources to aid us. However armed with knowledge we may be though, we must arm ourselves in a far greater way with His presence. Knowledge about spiritual growth, without seeking the One who can truly grow us spiritually is a massive missed opportunity.
We must realise that our plans may not succeed as we’d hoped, or may not succeed at all, for many reasons. The main one may be not due to lack of trying, but lack of praying. Press in, and ask Him to bless the work of your hands. Do our best and then present it at the foot of the cross, for God to make it into something far greater. With His favour upon your ministry it will be mountain moving, and life changing. He will go before you, and will open doors no-one and nothing else could open. It will be undeniable that God alone has changed circumstances, and hearts. Seek the Giver, not the gift. The Redeemer, not the result. Hunger for Him, not what He can do for you. Seek Him and let Him do what He does best. His ways are not our ways, so let Him amaze you. He wants to surprise you, and after the impossible has occurred, He wants you to say to the amazed witnesses in your life, “My God did that.”
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” “
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”