By Pastor Dave
W3CP2 = The Will of God
5. Prayer of confession. Prayer brings us closer to God and the closer we get to God, we will see our need for cleansing. God is holy and pure and one of the ways we miss finding the will of God in our lives is that we have sin that needs to be removed. Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” In prayer in Psalm 51:2 “Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” Prayer that leads to confession opens up the lives of grace between God’s spirit and our spirit. Then his grace will influence our hearts once again. We cannot find God’s will for our lives if we are not clean before God. Praying properly will drive us to search our hearts because when we come into his presence, his holiness only magnifies our lack of holiness and the prayer of confession begins.
I cannot emphasis how important it is to have a clean heart when we leave the presence of God in prayer. If our hearts are not clean before God, W3CP2 will never work and we have no chance of finding the will of God. You will see examples all through scripture when one comes into the presence of God repentance followed. Nehemiah, Job, David, Isaiah, even Peter when he saw the miracle of the drought of fishes said in Luke 5:8 “…Depart from me; for I am a sinful man…” But when we are cleansed, as David said in Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou will not despise.”
6. Prevailing prayer, as George Mueller put it, is prayer that is in for the long haul. It is prayer that pursues God and won’t let go until the answer comes. It may not be dramatic or emotional but it is persistent prayer. It is prayer that patiently waits on God and basks in his presence and is cleansed by his holiness. Prevailing prayer is when you do not act until the answer comes and when it comes along the answer is a greater awe of the one who you come to asking the question of. It results in a spiritual rhythm with God that leaves you with no will of your own but only his and a longing for a reason to come back and spend more time in prayer in the presence of the God of the universe. Job was never the same after spending one on one time with his creator in Job 38-42 as well as Moses when he came down from the mount or Paul when he was caught up into the third heaven.
Prevailing prayer is what the church needs today and prevailing prayer is what the individual saints of God need today. We need to earnestly seek God to know his will and to know God better. Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” The emphasis is not on repletion but unwavering pursuit. It’s not about the eloquence of our prayer but the desperate desire of our heart. The quest can only be satisfied with the one you are seeking. How incredibly amazing that the God of the universe would even allow us to find him or reveal himself to us.
We put prayer in a box but I say the method of prayer is up to you. It can be when you’re walking, jogging, lying in bed or on your knees. It may be a strong cry for help or a quiet whisper or a groaning in your spirit. It is difficult to do this publicly or in a crowd which is maybe why God says in Matthew 6:6 “…when thou prayest, enter into thy closet…” Churches and colleges used to have prayer closets. But your living room can be a prayer closet when no one is around or a lonely place in the woods or some remote place in the building where you work. It’s a place where you can get alone with the God of the universe who is always available to talk with you if you are his child. Maybe we don’t know God’s will for our lives because we don’t seek him with this inner desperateness to know him.
A few days before I got saved I knelt down in my living room and cried out to God. I said in desperation if you’re real God show yourself to me. It was just days later a preacher led me to Christ. Today I am his successor and preach in the same pulpit. Amazing. I hope you sense the desperateness of what I am saying. That is what prevailing prayer is all about. We get disappointed and give up too easy. We must pursue until we have his will and the life changing power of his presence. I am ashamed to say this but I have at times loathed to go to prayer because I have been too tired or too busy but when I have broken through that barrier I have hated to leave his presence when I am there. I desire to stay longer and linger because my heart is overflowing. If you have never experienced that then you haven’t stayed long enough. If you don’t know how to pray, he gives us the example in Matthew 6 in the Lord’s Prayer. But even more it is seeking God and waiting for him to show up if you wait long enough and your heart tells him that you deeply are seeking him. I guarantee you he will show up. He always does. It is not so important what you have to say but it is important what he has to say when he shows up. His spirit will communicate with your spirit.
To be continued ………………..