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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it. That prayer that says, “If it be His will.”


Please pray for me. I need thus and such.


To which I get the response, “I will pray thus and such for you, that if it is I accordance with God’s will, He will answer you…”


“For all the good intention of, “If it be Thy will, Lord,” I cringe at that. His Word tells us His will.”



Of course we are to pray in accordance with Father’s will. To ask what we will, and it will done unto us. Does this mean we waltz into the throne room of heaven and lay our demands at His feet?


Goodness, no! God is not a genie in a bottle, and our wish is not His command.


Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Mark 11:24


It does mean to know His will for us, and ask accordingly. And He does desire for us good things, not just necessary things, but things that bring us joy in life.


Saw this post on Facebook the other day.

Wait! Father God cares about an old couch? What?


Yes. Yes He surely does. When we are grounded in Him, when we make Him the priority in our lives, when He is our passion and treasure, and the desires of our heart line up with His will and His Word, then it is His good pleasure to make a way for us to have them. Whether it’s an antique couch, or healing from disease, it is absolutely His will, and the desire of His heart.


How do I know this? His Word tells us so.


Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4


Notice the second half of that verse: He will give you the desires of your heart. Several years ago, Father showed me something about this verse—when we delight in Him, when we seek His face and His Truth, when His Word is living and breathing in our hearts, then the desires of our heart are the very desires He placed in us to begin with.


Matthew 6:33 says it this way:


But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.


It’s contrary to our human nature—of course it is. It’s our spiritual nature, the part of us He referred to when He said, “Let us make man in our own image.” Genesis 1:26


Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”


With that comes authority and responsibility. But that’s another post for another time.


So what about the times our prayers go unanswered?


Wrong question.

Our prayers are never unanswered. But we might not like the answer we get when we pray.


Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.  Matthew 19: 16, 21-22


Jesus answered the man; he just didn’t like what Jesus said. As to giving all our earthly wealth away, that’s also another topic for another time, but for now, suffice to say, Father can and will—and does—bless us in our obedience.


To wit, Solomon.


God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place… Now give me wisdom and knowledge…”  II Chronicles 1:7-9


He could have asked God for riches, or favor, or a beautiful wife—any number of things. But Solomon asked for wisdom—He sought the Father’s heart.


Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”  verses 11 & 12


Seek Ye First, Extreme Edition. Or perhaps, First Edition.


So back to making requests before God. Back to tacking “If it be Thy will” at the end. Sounds so humble, so noble. (It’s not, it’s a cop out.)


We’re not called to be humble and noble. Neither do we approach the throne in arrogance, but knowing and standing on His Word, His promise to us, we can approach the Throne of God boldly and in confidence:


Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16


And it all circles back to relationship with Him. CINO’s (Christians in Name Only) no more have the privilege of private audience with Him than I have with Queen Elizabeth.


The thing about His Word, though, is that it is living and breathing, and when we read it, meditate on it, it connects us to Him. He inhabits our hearts in the most intimate relationship there is.


And from that relationship comes confidence. Confidence in Who He is, in His Word, and His promises to us. And prayers that have power to change the world.




#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, If It Be Thy Will and Expectations, Mark 11:24, Psalm 37:4, Matthew 6:33, Genesis 1:26, Matthew 19:16, 21-22, II Chronicles 1:7-9, 11-12, Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 18:23


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What’s your favorite Scripture?


I’m sure you’ve seen the question posed in memes and interviews. I know I have. And I can no more choose a ‘favorite’ verse or Scripture than I could choose a favorite book (mine or someone else’s) or a favorite child or grandchild. They are all special to me in different ways.


But I do have a signature Scripture. Romans 12:2


Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.


Basically, God is saying, “Don’t think like the world (enemy.) Think like Me.”


The whole of His Word is given for our best interest, and to walk fully in it we must think as He thinks, and see as He sees. To live as He lives. Transforming our thinking to match His—it’s how I came to see myself as He sees me.


When God looks at you He does not see your shortcomings… He only sees the Christ in you! So when you look at yourself in the mirror you should only see the same thing! #InHisLikeness  – April Oxendine


We are, after all, made in His image. Genesis 1:26


We were created to be like Him, to fellowship with Him, walk with Him and talk with Him. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, He is drawing us to Himself.


He has not, however, made us mindless puppets, but given us our own will. Our own likes and passions, our own identity. The freedom to choose Him, and learn of His ways.


And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  I Corinthians 3:18


Father God sees us transformed already. He sees His own reflection in us. We have but to think as He thinks, and see what He sees, so we can live as He lives. In Spirit and Truth and Love.


To what end?


To defeat the wiles of the enemy. To silence his lies. To rescue those who cannot hear God’s Truth.


TRANSFORMING faith. Confidence in the One who reigns over all. Confidence in the face of all that is contrary. Confidence when facts and evidence belie the Truth.


Faith is a weapon of spiritual warfare. It is our shield against the enemy.


Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  (emphasis mine)  Ephesians 6:14-17


With the lies of the enemy silenced, his attacks thwarted, we can hear Father’s still small voice. His whisper on the wind. We can hear His heartbeat in our own.


And we can walk in sweet communion and fellowship with the One who made us and loves us most.



#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Transforming Faith, Romans 12:2, Genesis 1:26, I Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 6:14-17

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As believers don’t we all profess our faith? At the very least in His existence? But what of daily living? What of faith in facing the mess that is our world? And what is faith?


Faith, noun, complete trust or confidence in someone or something


That’s the dictionary definition. God’s definition is a bit more comprehensive:


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11: 1


Wikibooks goes on to say, “Faith is the connecting power into the spiritual realm, which links us with God and makes Him become a tangible reality to the sense perceptions of a person. Faith is the basic ingredient to begin a relationship with God.”


And how do we get it?


… God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  Romans 12:3




For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.  Ephesians 2:8


So that’s it then, right? We all have our measure of faith, and that’s meant to sustain us through life? Right? Seems to me it goes beyond that. Way beyond that.


So then faith comes by hearing,  and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17


The wording of this verse has always puzzled me. “…faith comes my hearing…” pretty clear. But, “… hearing by the word of God.” I didn’t get that. I mean, if I’m hearing the Word, how do I hear by the Word?


Father God explained it to me; my natural ears hear the Word, spoken aloud, which feeds my spirit man. Two different realms. We are, after all, spirit beings. That’s what He meant when He said, “Let us make man in our own image.” ( Genesis 1:26) He didn’t mean He has a corporal body—He only did that when He was born in a stable. Rather, in His image refers to the Spirit.


We are spirit, we have a soul (mind and emotions), and we live in a corporal body.


So as we feed our mind, which incidentally silences the enemy, we feed our spirit man. And for our faith to grow we must exercise it.


In one translation, it says:


If we are saved by faith alone… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.  Philippians 2:12-13


“Work out our salvation” is not sitting idly by until we leave this world for eternity in heaven. Work out sounds an awful like exercise… jus’ sayin’


I heard a story once of Smith Wigglesworth, (10 June 1859 – 12 March 1947) a British evangelist who was influential in the early history of Pentecostalism. He was awakened in the middle of the night by Satan himself, in a rather Dickens-y scenario—rattling, clanging noise, bed shaking and shifting. Upon opening his eyes and realizing who was in his bedchamber, Mr. Wigglesworth said, rather calmly I imagine, “Oh. It’s just you.” And he closed his eyes to go back to sleep. “And by the way,” he said. “Put my bed back where you found it.”


What measure of faith! To know that even with Lucifer himself manifest in his bedroom, Smith Wigglesworth knew the enemy could NOT.TOUCH.HIM.


And I remember thinking, I want that kind of faith.


I couldn’t pinpoint when I heard that story, but I can say that my faith, while perhaps not so bold, is on that level. Stray thoughts, doubts, fears that creep into my mind to taunt me and pull me into doubt—I cast them down in much the same way Mr. Wigglesworth does in that story.  “No,” I say, knowing God’s Word backs me up. Knowing that the enemy cannot lay a hand on my spirit man—which is what he wants. Knowing that no matter my circumstance in the natural, I walk and live—and abide in—the authority given me by God the Father.


That’s abiding faith. Confidence in the One who reigns over all. Confidence in the face of all that is contrary. Confidence when facts and evidence belie the Truth.


Faith is a weapon of spiritual warfare. It is our shield against the enemy.


Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  (emphasis mine)  Ephesians 6:14-17


Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  Matthew 8:23-26

When those fiery darts bounce off, as in the story of Smith Wigglesworth, as Jesus sleeping in the boat, we can rest in complete and utter assurance that Father God holds us in the palm of His hand. In the midst of the storm, in the assault that swirls around us. We rest. We are at peace.


That’s abiding faith.



#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Abiding Faith, Hebrews 11:1, Romans 12:3, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:17, Genesis 1:26, Philippians 2:12-13, Ephesians 6:14-17, Matthew 8:32-26

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