Monday, April, 4, 2016 | 11:57 AM | by Pastor Rick
The Right Stuff
Let me ask all of you the question I have been asking myself over and over again
What do you pray for? When it comes down to you and your life and your family and the people in your world, the people you love, your church, for what do you pray? What do you desire for yourself? What do you desire for your spouse? What do you desire for your children? What do you desire for the people that you love? What do you desire for the people in your church? What do you really want?
If God showed up and said, “I want to give you three wishes. Whatever you ask I will do,” what would they be? What would you ask God for? Do you have the right values? Do you have the right priority list? I will have to admit that sometimes my wants exceed my needs. That’s when I have to go back to the word and get refocused on the right stuff!
We live in a world where people pursue lots of stuff that really don’t matter. There is a massive overpowering pursuit that is all around us that encroaches on our lives and gets us caught up in the very pursuit of things which mean nothing or should mean nothing to us.
Most of the time, Christians typically pray for health and happiness and success. They pray for personal benefit. They pray for comfort. They pray for solutions to fix all of the little problems of life. They pray for a healed body or a home or food or a job or a car, a husband, a wife, a promotion, more money.
Those things, while they certainly make up part of life, are very low on Paul’s priority list. They’re also very low on the priority list of Jesus, who said basically take no thought for what you eat, or drink or wear, knowing full well that God supplies all of those things. Get on with seeking matters that relate to the kingdom of God. Often we ask, says James, and receive not because we for the wrong reason.
In 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12. Paul writes, “To this end also we pray for you always that our God may count you worthy of your calling and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power in order that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
So Paul says, “Look, I’m praying to God on your behalf for these three things. They are magnificent things.
Worthiness That has to do with spiritual character. That the Lord would make you the kind of person you ought to be.
Fulfillment That God would then fulfill in your life circumstances every holy longing.
Power That whatever service you do would be done with power.
Listen! That’s what God’s after. A worthy life, a fulfilled life, a powerful life.
That’s the right stuff to pray for. When you pray for your spouse or you pray for your children or you pray for your friends or you pray for your church or you pray in behalf of your own spiritual life, you pray for those things: worthiness, fulfillment and power in service.
This is the right stuff. Wow!!! It’s the stuff that we should be committed to praying for. Listen! We’ve got somehow to strip our life down to focusing on the right stuff. These are the things that we should be preoccupied with in our own Christian obedience, seeking to be more worthy of the name of Christ, seeking to be pursuing what is good and seeking to serve with power. And if that’s what we look for, if that’s the goal, if that’s the end of our prayers and our patterns of obedience, God’s going to be honored.
I recognize that it’s sacrificial. I recognize that you’ve got, in a sense, to sort of blur out everything around you, you’ve got to blind yourself to the culture and all the crazy stuff that’s being inevitably dumped on you. Instead you’ve got to pursue something that takes a straightforward gaze and a straightforward look and a tremendous sense of commitment and sacrifice to stay focused. But the payoff is worth it! God gets the glory. Think about it!! NO Pray about!! Then just do it!!