I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Apart from Him, I can do nothing. My will, mind, and emotions can get in the way. The only way that I can properly do anything without getting in the way of God’s will is to present my body, along with my mind and everything about me, unto God as a living sacrifice. A submitted and willing sacrifice to God, for His use.
I get up and I make my requests known unto God, but am I praying out of worry or fear? Am I waiting on the leadership of the Holy Ghost to teach me what to pray for this day? When I submit to God, I am rendering my faculties useless without Him. I am saying that I need Him for everything. This is my reasonable service, to surrender, this is my acceptable worship. This is me laying down what I think should be and taking up what He wants.
Ye know not what to pray for, but the Spirit prays for you, making intercession for you through groanings that cannot be uttered. There is a depth in prayer that maybe we have not come to the knowledge of yet. Consider that prayers cannot be prayed properly without the guidance of the Holy Ghost. We can always pray and ask God for things, but I believe there is another level of prayer, where we listen first then pray.
Isn’t it amazing when God will lay someone on your heart, you pray for them, then you hear later of how they were going through a situation where they needed that prayer? Where did the actual concept of the prayer list come from? It is good to have a prayer list, it is good to have the needs of others ever-present before you, but what about those people who have not asked for prayer that need it? Where is the leadership of the Holy Ghost for them? It is there, but are we listening?
We can pray out of desperation and pray for God to come to our rescue and to the rescue of others, but I believe that there is a time for prayer, where God delegates the praying. Where He speaks gently to our hearts about situations and people in their time of need. To delegate means to entrust, to turn it over to. “Father, you can handle this more than I can.”
When we see the holy elders around the throne in the book of Revelations, they cast their crowns before God. We delegate our authority back to Him, we relinquish our victory back to Him, and we give Him all of the glory for His unfailing love.
The wind blows where it wishes (John 3:8), the same is true of the Spirit of God, it cannot be predicted or calculated down to a science, it changes in its evidence. It is the same always, but the direction and the intensity changes. Study to be quiet and listen to God. Be still and know that I am God. Be still and listen to what I am saying. If any man hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the church (Rev.13:9). The manna you ate yesterday; you will not eat today. The prayers you prayed yesterday are not the prayers He intends today.
The wind can be studied and its effects, so can the Spirit of God be studied and His effects. He wants to work but who will let Him? (Isa. 43:13) Who will allow Him to have His way? We get up and pray but do we listen? When we are led by His Spirit, then are we sharp and on point. When we exercise our senses to full capacity, we are yielding to His voice and His guidance. Not my will God, but thine be done. Not my ways or mannerisms, nor my praying, but You have Your way.
It is the reasonable service of a believer to yield, submit, and surrender thus allowing God to have His way.
A water bottle is useless without water, but the water needs the bottle to contain it. An instrument has no purpose without the wind and skill of the musician. God wants vessels to contain Him, He wants instruments that He can use.To house His divine nature and produce His will. Not by our might, our will, our thoughts, our words, but a surrendered life that He may teach and use for His glory.