“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)
Today as we sat in our weekly chapel for SUM, we were challenged by the word preached. Lucas, “from Florida” as we call him, fanned the flames in our hearts as he spoke about praying for our calling. He used Jesus’ example. Jesus heard the voice of the Father everywhere He went and in everything He did because He lived a life of prayer. He knew His calling and what the Father’s plan was for Him on earth; this is no different for us. God has called us all and has given us each a specific purpose to fulfill.
There’s two types of people, those who know their calling and those who are still figuring it out. What you think about God will determine what is most important to you, since the revelation that you have of God is what makes you change your life in alignment to His will. The more you seek His face, the closer you are to Him and the clearer His call over your life becomes. You might be asking yourself,”then what is my calling?” The word “calling” has been used very lightly and even misinterpreted. People have confused the meaning of calling with assignments. There is only one calling. Ephesians 4 says, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Our ultimate calling is to live our lives in communion with God and in community with each other. Best calling ever! Assignments are whatever ministry you find yourself active in. For example, we’re both serving in the children’s ministry but that isn’t our ultimate calling, it’s simply the assignment God has given us for this season. Some assignments are temporary and some are long lasting. Nonetheless, your calling can be fulfilled in your assignments.
Now that you know your calling, DON’T TAKE SHORT CUTS!!!! In Matthew 4 we see Jesus praying and fasting when the devil came to tempt Him with short cuts: “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'” The devil tempted Jesus by offering the end result without the work. Christ’s ultimate work, was to lay down his life, bring a new revelation of who God is and die on the cross to reconcile the lost with the Father once again. Jesus knew the weight and importance of His calling. So, shortcuts were not an option. The enemy knew what he was up against so he tried everything he could to keep it from happening. But because Jesus knew His calling and knew the will of the Father, He didn’t allow short cuts or distractions to delay the process. Having knowledge of your calling, take up your “cross” with the same mentality Jesus did. It can be scary sometimes, but He promises that He will “never leave us nor forsake us” so we’re not doing it alone.
Sometimes we’ll find ourselves praying and praying about our calling and we get nothing in return… no answer. Maybe we’re praying the wrong prayer. It’s not our calling we need to figure out, it’s our assignments. Sometimes God will keep things from us about our assignments because there’s stuff we’re still holding on to that needs to go! We become frustrated in not knowing, when instead, we need to be focused on what needs to be stripped away. We pray things like, “God, what are you calling me to do?” but our prayers should be, “God, what is keeping me or what do I need to give up to fulfill your will?”
Knowing who God is, is our highest calling. The more you know Him, the more you find out about yourself. The greatest thing you can pray is, “God, show me who you are.” Are we praying the right prayers?
Yes, understanding your calling and knowing your assignments are the goal here, however, it is only a result of our pursuit after God and knowing Him that we get that revelation.
“Lord, teach me how to pray.”
(Here is a song we love from Jason Upton. Let your hearts be willing to repeat this prayer.)
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However, God gives you revelation when you have been found faithful. He won’t trust something to someone who won’t use it or misuse it. Sometimes we can also get carried away with what we ask for. We get caught up with asking for things we can’t handle or are not ready for. We need to understand that He will hold us accountable for these things, so it is not meant to be taken lightly.