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Praying with Surrender and Faith (Part 2)

Have We Surrendered?

Surrender is an attitude. Our very lives are borrowed. So if we are living on borrowed time, exercising borrowed gifts, what we should be asking in our prayers is when God would like for us to do what! We should be praying, “What would You like that is Yours today, Lord?”

And, remember, Elijah was told to offer a bull. He could have offered a rabbit instead. A little animal would have been a lot less trouble. But Elijah was working with God to fulfill God’s plan. In the hearing of the people, Elijah said to the Lord, in essence, “I have done everything You told me” 1 Kings 18:36.

Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from Heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones and the dust. When the people saw it, they fell on their faces and cried out, “The Lord is God! The Lord is God!” 1 Kings 18:38-39

All we have to do is what the Lord says, even if we think we have a better idea! When we give God the things He has indicated that He wants from us, there is a certain peace that indicates that our sacrifice is acceptable to God. Talk to God about the things you have put on the altar lately. Are these the sacrifices He has asked you for?

When the fire fell on Elijah’s offering, it was evidence of God’s approval. When your sacrifices are acceptable, something will happen inside you that will be as obvious as that fire! Conversely, there will be no inner sense that God is pleased if you insist on offering Him inadequate or convenient sacrifices.

Have we asked the Lord, “What will You have me to do or to give? Where do You want me to go? Rwanda? Bosnia? Jammu?” Maybe we dare not ask this for fear that God will want something very close to our hearts. If we dare to get serious about living a life of surrender, it may well mean that our favorite things get placed on the altar. But if they do, there will be such peace in our hearts that we will kick ourselves for not surrendering sooner!

What are the internal signs of God’s approval once you surrender to Him? Read Malachi 1:6-14. What does this passage of Scripture say to you?

The most important aspect of Elijah’s whole prayer at Mount Carmel is the motivation behind it. He cared more about the Lord’s heart than his own. Listen to the impassioned ending to his prayer: “Answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself” (1 Kings 18:37).

When we get around to caring first about God’s heart and then about other people caring about God’s heart, we will be able to pray prayers of overwhelming confidence. The prayer of faith is not about my demanding outlandish things that occur to my own imagination; the prayer of faith is about my putting things in place spiritually, living a sacrificial lifestyle and spending my life passionately concerned about God’s name. When I boldly pray in this fashion, I will see wonders accomplished.

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