First Things First
Luke 17:5-10 (NIV) “The
apostles said to the Lord, "Increase
our faith! He replied, "If you
have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be
uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey y
As you read on,
Jesus appears to ramble off the subject and one might even think that he had
decided to ignore their request.
However, on closer examination of the text we see He did answer
them. The answer was not what they were
expecting and probably not what they wanted to hear.
Jesus taught them here; that a true servant does not serve
himself FIRST. A true servant lays aside his own desires and
needs and makes his FIRST priority,
the desires and needs of his master. Jesus wanted them FIRST to understand this critical lesson, so essential to being a
As Christians, we
have been given “the
measure of faith”
So, since we already have been given a measure of faith, we too, should
be able to command even nature to obey us.
However, FIRST, we need to
have our priorities in order also. This FIRST
requires that we insure that ANY requests we make are in accordance with Gods’ will.
FIRST, being led by the
Spirit and having “the
mind of Christ”. Then, “if
our hearts do not condemn us”,
we will be making a
request, as a servant given the
authority to ask on behalf of, or… “in Jesus’ name”.
3:21-22 “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then
have we confidence toward God. And
whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his
1 John 5:14-2(NIV)
“This is the confidence (say faith) we
have in approaching God: that if we ask anything
to according his will, he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask―we know that we have
what we asked of him.”
name, we pray”
should not be a casual tag line at the end of a prayer; it should be an
affirmation of our conviction that we have Jesus’ authorization and
If we are not
confident that we have the authorization to pray in a specific manner on a
specific issue… shift gears!!
We need not
struggle, worry or be frustrated at our temporal inadequacies (infirmities). At
this point we can shift gears and pray in the Spirit, which will assure that
our inadequate understanding of the will of God will be bridged by the Holy
Spirit praying through us.
Isaiah 28:11-12 “…This is the REST wherewith ye may cause
the weary to REST…”
Rom 8:26-27 “ Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know
not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of
the Spirit, because he maketh
intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The question that begs for an answer at
this point is; “Can Jesus trust us with
His authority yet?” Or, are we still
making requests that seem good to us, but for which we are not fully convinced are the will of the Master?
James 4: 3. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it
upon your lusts.”
The pattern Son is
our example. Following His pattern, exactly, is the only way we can
build the old waste places, come to spiritual maturity, allow God to bring
forth His Kingdom in the earth as it is in heaven, through us by His Spirit and
glorify Father God, in the Earth, as Jesus did, once again.
5:30 “I can of mine own self do nothing:
as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will,
but the will of the Father which hath sent me”.
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