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"I pray, expecting an answer."
- Andrew Murray

Pray with Expectation

The quote from Andrew Murray says it all in a nutshell.

We need to pray to God with expectation.

When we pray to God, we should expect an answer from God. In fact, we should anticipate an answer by God answering us according to His will. We should ask, believe and expect to receive God’s answer in accordance with both His purpose and His plan.

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Expecting is Not Directing

What we tell God is about our needs and our desires. We give God our petitions and requests. We submit our supplications to God.

We don’t direct God on what to do or where to go, not even how to perform what we ask.

That’s not our calling.

That’s not how that works.

Tell God and Trust God

Once you’ve prayed, remain open to receiving God’s answer.

Once you have prayed, ready yourself with expectation of God’s answer.

In anticipation of God’s answer, be ready to accept God’s will.

Acceptance is key when we look at our expectation of God answering us. Like I said, God has a purpose and and a plan. Your prayer might not fit with His plan or His purpose.

Yes, God has the power to do whatever he chooses to do. See Psalm 115:3. But even three Hebrew youths were cemented in their faith that they would hold fast to their devotion to God even if He did not rescue them from a fiery furnace in Babylon.

Come to the point in your faith where you can accept that. That’s God’s expectation of us.

Keep praying and keep expecting God’s answers with acceptance.

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Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 (KJV)

Meetings seem to be run-of-the-mill and dull when they simply are not in the right order for the right purpose. I addressed the idea of purpose in “Meetings Versus Ministry” some time ago, but I want to address some simple meeting “must-haves.” These are the things that your meetings, whether for regularly-scheduled ministry, strategic planning with your board, or volunteer orientation, simply cannot do without as you move forward. By no means am I saying that this is an exhaustive list, but it is a list of some essentials for nearly every type of meeting.

  • Agenda: Previously emailed out to attendees; printed; Topics with time frame for each one
  • Sign-In Sheet: Keep track of who attends meeting; gather contact information
  • Minutes (From the Previous Meeting): Essential if people need to vote on approval; previously emailed out to attendees; printed and stapled or clipped together with supporting documents, i.e. grant applications/ proposals for review, reports, etc.
  • Reports: Previously emailed out to attendees; printed reports with supportive documents

Please note: The type of meeting you host will determine other essentials, i.e. whiteboard and dry erase markers, laptop and projector, and so on. Keep in mind that the longer you are meeting will dictate a greater need for water and refreshments or an actual meal. If you need people to work through lunch, either provide a break period for them to grab something nearby at the break room/cafeteria or be prepared to have lunch served. In most cases, you have to know your audience and your purpose for meeting in order to identify what else you may need.

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Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.-Ephesians 4:11-12 (NLT)

We all have been positioned for a purpose.  Christ gave gifts to the church, the people of God, for a purpose.  He did not give us gifts just for the sake of giving them to us.  He had something in mind when He did so.

He provided gifts so that these gifts would be used for His purpose.  There is an internal use of the gifts that is obvious from the text presented in Ephesians.  These varying gifts are to be used in concert to help God’s people ready themselves for God’s work and build up the church.  These gifts are for edifying and equipping others.

Consider why God has provided us with such positions.  Rethink about your approach to Christian leadership.  Identify where your gifts lie.  See how you play a vital role in others exercising their gifts.

Look at Position for a Purpose  where a full document shares further about this topic. http://lifepathministries.christianarchives.org/

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When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.- Nehemiah 1:4 (NIV)

Our problems can reveal our passion.  The very things that remain unsettled within our surroundings or among those whom we care about can become burdens upon our hearts.  They fuel us with passion.  They fill us with comapssion. These problems can lead us into prayer.  While we are in prayer, our passion can come out.  Our passion can send us into prayer, and then point us to purposeful pursuits.

Your cause may become your calling.  Nehemiah was in a position that allowed him access to available resources, but he was in a posture that made the king aware of his passion (Nehemiah 1:4, 11).  If it’s your calling, the Creator will commission you for the work.  Go to God in prayer, revealing those things that burden your heart.  Accept God’s answers to your prayers.  You may never undrstand who God sends your way or why, but God provides what you need in due season and with divine reason.  Once you accept it, act upon God’s leading through His Holy Spirit.

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