Ephesians 2:8-10

What is God Saying?

It is often in the time of prayer that God moves in the heart of the believer and reminds them of the areas in which He desires obedience and change to take place.  The change that God is concerned about could be in one’s words, actions, responses, or behavior.  God’s great desire is that His children walk, live, and demonstrate His power and presence in their daily conduct. 

There ought to be obedient changes being made in our life to reflect the work of God.  As a believer we have become in Christ a “new creature” not to act, talk, walk, live, respond, or conduct our life as an unbeliever.  However, these changes only take place as we obey the Word of God under the direction and conviction of the Spirit of God.  It is God working in us to give grace and strength as we respond in obedience to what needs to be changed in our life.

Obedience is the key.  What changes does God want to see in my life?  Are we listening and eager to respond to be more like Christ? Change will not take place until we change in obedience to the moving of God. 

Are You Listening?

It is with great excitement that this family watches the fresh and clean water come out of the newly drilled well.  For many years they had walked a long distance to get good water, but now all they have to do is pump the handle.

Is it not true that many times our prayers are like this?  We spend a great deal of our time praying that God would change people and circumstances and totally miss what He desires to do in our life.  We become so focused on others that we fail to see that God is most concerned about working in our lives and changing us.

It is certain that one cannot and will not change until they change.  One of the great traps that believers must avoid is thinking, responding, and behaving as they have always done.  In some devious way, we become convinced that we are alright and the rest of the world needs to change when in fact, God is moving in our heart, mind, and life circumstances to change us.  We easily become centered on all the things that we believe God should do in others that we miss what He is bringing to focus in our own life that needs to be changed in obedience to His leading.  (I Samuel 15:22)

We should never stop praying for others, but obedience to God’s moving in our life is of utmost importance.  Oswald Chambers said, “It is not so true that prayer changes things as that prayer changes me and I change things.”

Are we listening or too busy focusing on what we think others should do?