Control. It’s what everyone longs for. There must be a way to control the balance between home, children, work and play. But there are so many demands from everyone and everything. And after all, aren’t good Christians who walk in love supposed to “be there” for those who need them? Spouses, parents, children, employers, employees, the church, friends, neighbors and so on. Even those quietly alone are often faced with the pressure of needing to make changes in their not-busy-enough lives. There are just more demands on each of us than we care to count, and each one is screaming to claim the title of No. 1 Priority.
God is a place. He’s not like a location or a “place over there.” But we come up into places in God. Jesus said, “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2, The Amplified Bible). All through the Bible you find places of prayer—granted positions—in God. What position do we have with God? From what position are we approaching Him in prayer? Although we are seated in and with Him, and we’re given that place in Christ, we have to have revelation of what it means so that by faith we can assume that position and increase in it.
Some people never know a level of the love of God beyond just not being rejected. But there are places to develop in the love of God that lead to a place where faith is more highly and accurately demonstrated, where faith is more highly and accurately delivered and activated and used. For it’s by the love of God that the wisdom of God flows abundantly, or fluently. There are places, there are rooms, there are strategy rooms in the love of God.
The Word of God is the foundation of our prayer life. This is so vital to know and understand. We need the grace of God to help us focus on uncovering His Word as that foundation for our lives, the source of our faith, and most importantly, our connection with God Himself.
“Yes, Pastor Terri, I know what a mess Washington is in, and the schools, and the economy, and the world for that matter…but what do I have to do with that?”
Let’s work our way through to the answer to that question. First, is God the answer to all these problems? Of course! Is He willing to get involved in our world, our nation and our homes? Absolutely! What opens the door to Him? Prayer.
Too many times the house of the Lord has been neglected when it comes to prayer. As believers, we know the house of the Lord is no longer just the temple in Jerusalem. We became the temple of the Lord. Individually, we have become houses of prayer. Corporately, we are the house of prayer.
It’s time to remind ourselves of who we are – seated in the heavenlies with Jesus (Eph. 2:6). There lies the seat of authority over all natural things, including the weather. This kind of hot weather pattern is under the curse. We receive the mercies of God over our nation and the grace of God on the Church to do something about it! Even as we have learned to speak to storms, we shall speak to “heat domes” and drought.
As Christians we are born of the Spirit. He is the One Who bears witness with our spirits that we are sons of God (Romans 8:16). Unfortunately, too often believers have stopped there. We have short changed ourselves of that third person of the Godhead – the One Who is the revealer of God the Father, God the Son, God the Word, and God in you. We can gain understanding of the ways and the operations of the Spirit because He is sent with the specific assignment to teach, guide and reveal.
Begin to praise God for filling you with the Holy Spirit. Speak those words and syllables you receive—not in your own language, but the language given to you by the Holy Spirit. You have to use your own voice. God will not force you to speak. Don’t be concerned with how it sounds. It is a heavenly language!