God has a personalised plan for you.
Whatever situation you may be facing in your life as you read this, God has a personalised plan for you. The Bible can speak directly into your life and your situation. You can read scriptures that were written thousands of years ago and originally directed at other people from a different time, but because it is the Word of God, those very words can speak as much (sometimes more) to you as they did to their original recipients. For example Jeremiah 29:11 in the New International Version says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future“. When you see a verse like this, personalise it in faith and believe that if God had a plan for the original Jewish hearers / readers of Jeremiah’s prophecy, then He also has a plan for you too.
Jesus needed to know God’s specific plan.
“OK Matthew, that’s great“, you may say, “but how do I find out what the plan is?” That’s what I intend to look at in this post – how to access the specific plan that God has for you. Let’s look at a time when Jesus needed to know God’s specific plan – the time when He had to make the important decision of choosing the twelve apostles. Some will tell you that Jesus was God and so He just knew who to choose, but that it not the case. Jesus was and is God, but He was not operating as God when He came to Earth, He was operating as a Man. Jesus studied the Old Testament scriptures diligently, but this was a time when the Bible did not give a direct answer. There was no prophecy listing the names of the original twelve apostles. So what did Jesus do? How did He access God’s plan? Let’s read from Luke 6:12-13 in the Easy to Read Version, “A few days later, Jesus went out to a mountain to pray. He stayed there all night praying to God. The next morning he called his followers. He chose twelve of them and called them apostles“. Faced with this important choice, Jesus prayed. When Jesus needed wisdom for a specific situation, He prayed. So when we need wisdom for a specific situation, what do we do? Do we worry over what to do? Do we ask ten different people and get ten different opinions? Well that may be what you have been doing, but the correct answer is to follow the example of Jesus and pray.
Worry is a thief. If you allow it, worry will rob you of your destiny. Do yourself a favor and put God back up on the throne.
— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) 8 July 2017
Don’t turn around and start telling people how worried you are.
As for how pray, the instructions on where to start can be found in James 1:5-8, again from the Easy to Read Version, “Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom. But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind. People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord“. You do not need a complicated prayer, you simply need to ask God for wisdom about your situation. Let me advise you though, when you pray for the wisdom that you need, believe that you have received it and act like you’ve received it. Don’t turn around and start telling people how worried you are, or saying that you’ve got no idea what you’re going to do. That’s exactly what James is warning against and he is very clear that people like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
God’s plan for you will come out of the realm of the spirit and not the realm of the natural.
Getting back to the example of Jesus; it is clear that although the initial request for wisdom need not be complicated, for Jesus there was more to it than that. We know that Jesus did not simply pray something along the lines of, “Father God, please give me wisdom as to who my apostles should be. Good night“. We know this, because the Bible says that Jesus prayed all night. After you have prayed in your own language, requesting God’s specific plan for your situation, the next step is to pray in tongues over that plan – which by faith you have already received. God’s plan for you will come out of the realm of the spirit and not the realm of the natural. The Bible explains this in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, “But as it is written, The things which eye hath not seen, neither ear hath heard, neither came into man’s heart, are, which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God“. (For these verses I have used the 1599 Geneva Bible, which predates the King James Version. The reason for this, is because it is the only English version that does not capitalise the word ‘spirit’ in the sentence, “the spirit searcheth all things“. The original Greek New Testament did not include capitalisation and every instance has been at man’s discretion and interpretation.) When we pray in tongues, we pray with the spirit (our inner man) and not with our understanding. As we do this, the Holy Spirit communicates directly with our spirit. Praying in tongues is a method whereby our spirit is able to search out the deep things of God.
The point is not to follow a formula, but to be obedient to God’s leading.
Jesus prayed all night. That does not necessarily mean you should pray all night – although I am not saying not to do that, if you feel led to. What we can take from Jesus’ example is that you need to take the time to pray over this. Set aside one to three days to pray specifically for God’s plan for you. During this time, do not pray for other things, other than asking God to take care of what you normally pray for, as you concentrate on praying in one direction. As you pray in tongues, God is well capable of directing your spirit to include whatever else needs to be covered. If, at the end of three days, God directs you to continue, do so. The point is not to follow a formula, but to be obedient to God’s leading, don’t worry if you can’t physically set aside three days for prayer (actually don’t worry about anything). Get up early each morning and spend time in prayer (which if you are not already doing, would be a good habit to form). Then prayerfully meditate on the fact that God has a plan for you, throughout each day. You may say, “Well what if I pray but I still don’t know what to do?“. Firstly, don’t say you don’t know what to do – that’s what the King James Version refers to as being double minded. Secondly, begin to confess (i.e. to speak out) Psalm 85:8, “I will hear what God the Lord will speak“. God’s plan will come, because He promised to give wisdom to whoever asked for it. It may only come a small bit at a time, but it will come.
God’s ways usually make no logical sense until we have the benefit of hindsight.
The final step, is to actually be obedient to whatever plan God gives you, whether it makes any sense to your natural mind or not. Walking around Jericho for seven days made no sense, Gideon reducing his army to three hundred men made no sense. God’s ways usually make no logical sense until we have the benefit of hindsight. I will conclude by giving you a summary of how to receive God’s specific plan for your situation.
- God has a tailor made plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
- Receive God’s plan by faith, nothing wavering, sight unseen (James 1:5-8).
- Understand that God’s plan will come out of the realm of the spirit, not the natural (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
- Believe and don’t doubt that you have the ability to hear God’s plan (Psalm 85:8).
- Be obedient to God’s plan (Isaiah 1:19).
If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment.
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