"Prayer isn't about asking God to be aligned with your will, its asking God to align you with his"
I have some questions about the quote: How does a man even know the Lord's will? What does it mean to ask to be aligned with His will? Should we even ask it? Why?
I have been pondering this question a lot recently and I think this is the best place for answers I can get second to getting answers from Him, of course :). I always thought the thing to do was to put your trust and your ALL into his hands and believe that what is right will be done. But, being a skeptic, I'm not so sure, not that I doubt Him. It's difficult to fathom, to put everything you are into the hands of an entity that you feel is there and may have helped you in your life, it's still a difficult thing to do. If you were faced to take a leap of faith from the Lion's head in the movie "Indiana Jones and the last crusade" and jump to the other side of the chasm, do you think you could make it? Would you even attempt it? It's a difficult decision to make, isn't it? I think it would be a true test of faith, but I wouldn't be able to think any less of those who step away from the ledge because I would understand why. It's not like God would ask you to meaninglessly put your life at risk for Him. If He did ask such a thing of you, I think you could count on the fact that there would be a VERY GOOD reason for it. This is one of those things you need to do some serious soul searching to discover. And from what I've discovered through my own soul searching, I think I would take the leap, though I might be less than thrilled about it. I would have faith that if I fell, Jesus would be there to take me safely to the other side. I trust Him and I hope you all do as well. God Bless!
by Sylvia Todd about
Hi Tyler :)! I think a key to some of this question comes from the quote you posted at the top of it: ""Prayer isn't about asking God to be aligned with your will, it's asking God to align you with his". As such, it isn't necessarily all on us to figure out what to do, but asking God to help us get aligned with Him! Fairly often, I don't exactly know what the right thing is to pray for, and simply ask for His perfect will and guidance, and always, there is praying in the Spirit (I know that's something you don't do, but we do :)).
As for "should we even ask", well, that is where our free will comes in and for each to answer for ourselves :).
On the "Last Crusade" scene, which I like a lot (and now I want to see it again ;)), if you are already a believer, I don't know if it's always a big leap like that, though sometimes it is. For most, it's a series of small decisions each day. Of course, for a non-believer, choosing at all is indeed a leap of faith, but I believe that He calls our hearts to Him when it's time and the person who is even trying to make the decision already knows what to do :)
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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5–6 NKJV)
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalms 37:4 NKJV)
I have found that both of these scriptures literally work... So many times I have been stumbling along clueless that I was even in the will of the Lord and walking into divine apointments along the way, like leading people to Jesus while playing music in a bar. You think that you should not even be there, but yet He could not use you if you were not.
As for faith to jump from a bridge, I would have to really have a confirmation on that or unmistakable direction that it is what He wanted, or maybe a giant boulder chasing me... By default, I would say no. :)