Praying to Get God?!!!

In the last post I talked about the importance of realizing our need for the Holy Spirit in prayer.  He’s the only one who truly knows our real needs and also knows exactly what the Father has provided for us.  He leads us into our inheritance in Christ through prayer.

This is true and important.

But today’s My Utmost for His Highest reading made me rethink my emphasis a little.  If you’ve ever read Oswald Chambers you know that he will often make you rethink things!

Here’s the prayer promise from Luke 11:13,

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

And here’s the quote from Oswald Chambers this morning (Feb. 7),

…Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer.

Chambers is not insisting that God doesn’t answer prayer.  But he’s revealing a subtle deception we can fall into in prayer.  God’s promises regarding prayer were never given so that we’d pursue answers to prayer as substitutes for Him!  Prayer is about coming to Him.  It’s about finding in Him all that I need. But we don’t come into our walk with Christ with this conviction.  The world teaches us that we need goods and services to be happy and that we need people to make much of us. 

Jesus finished His teaching on prayer in Luke 11 by concluding that if we ask for the Holy Spirit, God will certainly oblige! 

The Holy Spirit is God.  God gives us Himself, without reservations.  We often miss this though.  Because we are thinking we must have something else to be satisfied.  And the Spirit of God is there but we miss Him.

If God is enough to satisfy God, doesn’t that suggest He’s big enough to satisfy us?  A worship song we sang years ago captured the essence of this,

“I have made You too small in my eyes…Be magnified oh Lord,  You are highly exalted…”

Oh that God would help us see the exceeding worth and pleasure of finding our all in Him.  He is enough.  More than enough.

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