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Westside Care Center Tuesday, January 2, 2006

Prayer Principle 3A: Submission Determination Mr. C. Pat Lanyon

Introduction:(3A. Submission)

First review where we are at on our outline. (HandoutĖ submission) Last time we studied the fact that doing Godís will always requires meekness. This is one of the most powerful aspects of using the will of God as a powerful and peace-producing tool in the Christianís life. But if we never actually Ďactí on an aspect of Godís will revealed to us, we wonít be doing Godís will. And we learned last time also that we will miss Godís will. It is good to pray about the determination we must practice in accomplishing Godís will in our life.

Various verses in the Bible teach directly that heeding Godís will is manís responsibility and prayer about it helps us resolve to do it. We will look a two passages in depth:

1. James 1:5-6

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. [6] But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

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2. Philip. 3:14

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

These two passages seem to be teaching that we have a responsibility in the execution of Godís Will, and it is implied that prayer can have an impact toward that end: "I can pray for a resolute attitude that will bring performance."

Passage 1 : James 1: 5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Cross References for this passage:

"asking in faith":

Mt 21:22 "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

Mr 11:22 -24 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. 23 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, `Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

1Ti 2:8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

"double-minded..., unstable":

Eph 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Heb 13:9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.

2Pe 2. especially v 17: [Peter speaking about "false teachers" and believers like Lot whose life espouses (or teaches) "destructive heresies" that other believers will accept through doubting and wavering] These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

Also see: Jude 1:12-13 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. [A cloud is mostly air, not waterí dead wood in an unfruitful tree is not edible fruit; foam of a wave is mostly air, not water; a star that does not remain in its place is not visible since it changes position.]

Passage 2 : Philippians 3

Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, [implied is wavering or doubting] God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. 17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame----who set their mind on earthly things.

20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Application:

  1. I will identify 2 major areas in my life that I have not been submitting to Godís will and this week I will pray specifically for a meek spirit about these areas every day. I will write my thoughts/ prayers down each day
  2. I will think of someone I know who struggles with similar resistance and will pray specifically for them.