Prayer Maturity

It is wisdom to look both ways when crossing the street, and folly not to. In the same way we should exercise maturity in prayer, not as to pray or not to pray, but recognizing the full range of God’s will and highest good. One minister preached against praying for supernatural healing because he believed it raised unrealistic hope in people and caused them to hold a grudge against God when their prayers were not answered. His faith for healing was in medical science, such that if God wanted people healed He would do it through doctors and medicine. His judge and ours is God alone.

As we approach the end times, I believe we will see more of what was experienced in the first century, specifically, demonic activity and persecution of Christian’s for their faith. This is rising in our day, and it calls for wisdom and faith, that goes beyond mere petition and selfish immaturity that yields disappointment. Scripture teaches that the Spirit is our lead. (Rom. 8: 5-16, 26-28; 1 Cor. 2:13-16) We also know that our true eternal life is in heaven with God. If we are worldly minded, we may pray according to the limits of our reasoning or what we think is best in various circumstances. In the Spirit our faith is the only limit, as God is unlimited in ability and goodness. Times ahead will test our faith and maturity. Believers in the First Century willingly gave their lives into God’s hands and were martyred by the Romans. As a consequence, the entire Roman state adopted Christianity.

God is our faithful deliverer and He delivers from and through death whether from old age or martyrdom. The Holy Spirit leads us in prayer, not necessarily through reason. When Bestie Ten Boom prayed and received prophetic insight of what was yet to come, she saw herself with Corrie, her sister. It all came true with great specificity for Corrie, but Betsie saw it from Heaven. We don’t always know what is best, but we pray His word and know that God’s best is ultimately in His presence. God gives supernatural endurance and strength in the midst of extreme suffering, consider Paul’s testimony (2 Tim. 3:11) and that of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, tortured for 15 years by Communists, but supernaturally sustained. With maturity we understand that enduring faith is the victory, rather than a comfortable life. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.” (Psalm 116:15) If God cares when a swallow dies, He gives great attention to the destiny and welfare of His own Children. We must believe and know that God is good all the time, especially in the eternal realm of His presence.

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Retired Journeyman
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