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    by Carmen Schroeder

Praying the Father's Will - Part II
Date Posted: October 19, 2007
Could the lack of prayer alone (both corporately and privately) be the culprit for our not realizing our hopes and dreams here on earth? Afterall, James did say ‘You do not have because you do not ask’ (James 4:2). Of course, that is only part of the equation, isn’t it? Motive is everything (James 4:3) and begins at the root! I have asked myself on many occasions, ‘Whose will am I after in this? Yours, Father? Mine (that I may indulge my own desires)?’

What, then, is able to motivate us to Godliness? David cried out with uninhibited JOY and enthusiasm, ‘I delight to do YOUR will!’ Now, mind you, Psalm 40 is David’s testimony of public praise to the Great Elohim (God) Who had lifted him ‘out of the pit, out of the miry clay, set his feet upon a rock and put a new song in his mouth’! David’s unadulterated praise sprang out of entheos! (We get our English word enthusiasm literally meaning ‘having God within’.) David’s testimony is the one I want to follow! So then, one could say rightly: God’s TRUTH + my OBEDIENCE = Broken Strongholds/Answered Prayer/Realized Hopes/Renewed Existence

What good does it do to pray for the will of the Father to be done in (insert any situation) if I am not willing to follow HIM along the Narrow Way toward its fulfillment? A.W. Tozer says it best:

Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late -- and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience. Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God and he is instantly free... If we understand our first and sole duty to consist of loving God supremely and loving everyone, even our enemies, for God's dear sake, then we can enjoy spiritual tranquilly under every circumstance.

Loving God supremely will manifest itself in loving others divinely and uninhibitedly because this PRIORITY RELATIONSHIP to the Father is the ROOT and all other earthly relationships is the FRUIT (either of a healthy or neglected root). Plants absorb nutrients and water through the root. A healthy root gives sustenance and holds the plant in place, thus protecting its vitality. Enthusiastic Love is what we really need (both within and without) and oh, how He supplies it! Friends, I don't know about you, but I do believe I am needing my roots done...

Wise Words: 'I can honestly say that those who pursue God's will for their lives don't always get what they want, but they want most of what they get.' - Zig Ziglar, 'Better Than Good'

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Biography Information:
Carmen Schroeder is the stay-at-home mother of one son, Caleb, and three daughters, Bethany, Kaitlyn, and Kierstyn (ages 6-12). She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Stacy, and together they serve the LORD in Missouri.

Carmen enjoys encouraging other women with the life-changing Word of God through teaching, mentoring and song in conferences and workshops.

Carmen's testimony is one of victory as 1 John 5:4,5 (AMP) says: 'For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?

Her message is that this Christ is the One Who generously gives heavenly wisdom for victorious living.

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