"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Luke 22:42 (NIV)
In the first part of Effective Prayer, we talked about first confessing our sins. Today we focus on the other power move to praying effectively.
If you've ever attempted to lead a donkey, you can tell a couple things. One, they are more intelligent than you might think. Two, they are stubborn! If they don't want to go in the direction that you want them to, no amount of pulling or pushing will get them there. If you are leading them to food, water or any other direction that they already have in mind, they will easily and effectively move with you with little to no effort at all.
For anything to truly be accomplished from our prayer, we must align ourselves with the will of God. While we see moments in the Bible of people changing what we see as God's actions, the real effective moments happened when they aligned themselves with God's will.
How do we align ourselves with God's will? Read God's Word. Seek God in Scripture. Also, ask! Be intentional and specific in your petition for such. Remember though, as Jesus did, that we are to bring our whole mind in confession to God, but leave the situation in God's hands. God is ever in a better position to see the outcome than we are.
How are you effectively aligning yourself with God's will today?
What are you seeking to accomplish from this action?