Among Kenyan Christians, a New Year is normally welcomed with prayer. A whole night of prayer, that is. The theme of these overnight prayer meetings is usually “what do you want God to do for you this year?” Not a bad question. It is always good to be focused in prayer and consistent in intercession for the things that we need. Especially at the beginning of a year, when we review, reconsider and re-align ourselves for what is ahead.
I was challenged today, however, to take a different perspective. What we actually should do is ask God that question. “What do you want ME to do for YOU this year, Lord?”
A question like that would make it a lot more likely that our prayers will be in accordance with God’s will. A question like that, if we listen for the answer, would open the door for Jesus’ promise to be fulfilled: “Ask whatever you will in my name, and it will be done for you.”
Jesus did not make that promise anyhow-ly to his disciples. He made that promise after they had walked with Him, heard from Him, and watched Him for three good years. He made that promise in the context of the relationship of sheep to a shepherd – sheep who hear His voice and who follow. He made that promise, and repeated it several times, with the understanding that his disciples were now going to carry on HIS mission, the ‘great co-mission,’ if you will.
My 2013 resolution is to ask God daily (if not every moment), “What do you want ME to do for YOU today, Lord?” And I look forward to 2013 being a year of answered prayer and awesome miracles!