This morning I would like to continue on the thought of prayer, especially in regards to prayer and obedience. As I ponder over this topic of prayer, may I say that a life of prayer, is that of living a life of obedience.
Let’s begin by defining, what is obedience? Obedience is the submission of one’s own will to the will of another, in obedience to, according to the instructions or ruling of the other.
Now, with this definition, let me try and put it into the biblical aspect of our living. Living in obedience to God’s Word is that of submitting one’s will to His Word and not resisting.
Living in obedience to God, His Word, also brings about God’s favor. If you love God you will obey God! If you obey God you will find His blessings and favor for you and your life.
When man seeks God (attempts to find God, through talking to Him-prayer), God brings to man understanding of the truth of HIS divine wisdom and knowledge.
This understanding of truth revealed by the Holy Spirit teaches us to walk in obedience. God says in the Bible, “for the lack of knowledge my people perish.”
This knowledge comes from seeking God, turning to God, asking God through prayer and Bible reading (studying His Word) for wisdom, knowledge and understanding and then applying that knowledge; obediently. God looks for those who seek Him…Real understanding is acquired through seeking God through His Word.
- Psalm 14:2 (NLT) “The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.”
Are you SEEKING GOD?
In order to show the IMPORTANCE OF OBEDIENCE taught in the Bible, I will be sharing many scriptures on this subject, from God’s Word in this letter. The truth (the Word) brings forth understanding through obeying the Word and asking in prayer.
God says to seek Him, ask Him as we read in these next few scriptures.
- Ephesians 3:4 (NLT) As you read what I have written; you will understand what I know about this plan regarding Christ.
- Psalm 119:34-37 (NLT) Give me understanding and I will obey your law; I will put it into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Give me an eagerness for your decrees; do not inflict me with love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life acording to your word.
Prayer puts us at a place allowing God to freely work with us and in us, removing anything in the way of trouble bringing to us the highest and greatest good; yes, accomplishing its mission in us, with us and for us.
- Psalm 119:104-106 (NLT) Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise again: I will obey your wonderful laws.
- Colossians 1:9(NLT) So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom.
The wisdom of God is to love and obey Jesus, His Word and “the Word”. Let’s take a look at what Jesus has to say about obedience.
- Matthew 22:37 (NLT) Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’
- Matthew 7:21 (NLT) “Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.
- Matthew 7:24 – 25 (NLT) “Anyone who listens to my teaching and obey me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock.
- John 8:31 – 32 (NLT) Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Understanding is gained by departing or turning from evil.
- Job 28:27-28 (NLT) Then, when he had done all this, he saw wisdom and measured it. He established it and examined it thoroughly. And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘the fear of the LORD is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’
- Hebrews 6:1 (NLT) So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start all over again with the importance of turning away from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.
Repentance is a key that leads to obedience. True repentance from the heart, (consists of our will, our thoughts, our mind, our conscience and out emotions) calls for turning from that which is not right; confessing sin to God; and placing our faith in Jesus Christ, which is vital in following the life of obedience.
Obeying God and His will for our life must start right here:
- true repentance from the heart, being sorry you’ve sinned against God and man and turning from it.
- confess (call sin by its name – hate it – turn from it.)
- be willing to straighten things out with God and man.
In conclusion, KEEP filled with God’s Spirit; obedient thru praying, reading the Word, praise/worship. Yes, talking to God and walking with God.
With true repentance from the heart, your life begins to change; your thoughts, your mind/your soul – (your will, your conscience and your emotions) – for your heart and mind becomes ONE in Christ, as a believer.
God’s Word makes it perfectly clear in Jeremiah 32:39 “And I will give them one heart and mind to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.“
As always, love in Christ Jesus,