The world we live in is desperate for us to see it’s point of view. When is the last time you sat back to think about your perspective and how it affects your daily life? How much do you think our perspective influences our life?
Our perspective shapes our life. We develop our view of life through our family, our beliefs, our life experiences, our education, our work, and our community. That is why there are so many options and opinions surrounding us in our daily life. It is a beautiful thing! God created each of us to experience and live life abundantly with freedom in Christ.
Our personal view is shaped by numerous factors. When we add and subtract these factors our lens of life will be altered and in some cases it will by changed completely. Consider this analogy. If we go to see a 3D movie without the proper glasses our view and experience will differ from those who have the proper 3D glasses.
Both will see the same movie but will have had a different experience based on which glasses they were viewing the movie through. Those who watched without the 3D glasses had a limited view and didn’t get to experience the power of the 3D movie experience. Can you see the power of perspective emerging?
A person’s perspective influences the freedom they experience in life. How does our view relate to freedom? Sometimes we develop limiting beliefs that will cloud our view and altar our perspective, which cause us to have a limited view like the people without the 3D glasses. We make decisions of what to do and not to do based on our perspective. Basically, our choices in life are all filtered through our perspective. That is powerful! I challenge all of us to take inventory of why we have the perspectives we have.
I shared earlier in Tuesday Tidbit posts that I am doing a group study on Stormie Omartian’s book “Prayer Warrior”. Recently, she challenged the group to consider our limiting beliefs about prayer and change our perspective in prayer. I want to share her insights and the response it lead me to for my life.
Here it is: “God wants to do miracles through us, but too often we either don’t pray for them, or don’t believe they can happen, or when they do happen we have trouble believing it.” Those words by Omartian jumped off the page at me. I can relate to each of those “too often” statements. What about you?
I want to put my “don’ts” behind me and be looking for the “do believe” opportunities. I do believe God can do and does miracles. Yet I’m not initiating the prayer to release the power God intends to shower down through answered prayers. That is a limiting belief I need to bust right through. She points out that the enemy (the devil) wants to keep us from praying for miracles. He throws thoughts or darts of doubt and discouragement when prayers don’t seem to be answered and aims to detract and discredit miracles that do happen. The devil tried to discredit the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John 12:10). Then he began his, long-standing discredit campaign, to discourage the belief in the miracle of Jesus being raised from the dead (Matthew 28:11-13).
Have we experienced a miracle that the enemy wants us to write off as a coincidence? Are we struggling to believe enough to pray for a miracle? God’s word tells us to ask for faith and He will give it to us (Matthew 7:7-8). Prayer doesn’t require us to be specific in how our prayer will be answered it just requires faith that God is powerful enough to answer our prayers in His way and in His timing. His way is far better than anything that we can ever dream of because He is the one who can create something out of nothing; “—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” (Romans 4:17b)
God’s powerful perspective: that is what we need to ask for and embrace as our personal perspective. Then we will truly walk in the power and freedom of our life in Christ.
Call to Action:
Now I will ask you the question I asked my class a few weeks ago.
“What miracles is the Lord asking us to release to His power?”
In class we responded with a written prayer card that we each placed in our “Trust in the Lord” box. I told them I would mail them back to them as a reminder in the future. I can’t wait to hear God’s miraculous answer in their life!
I brought the box home and set in on a table in my living room thinking I would move it to my office later. Well it still remains there. Why, because I now pray many times a day as I pass by our
“Trust the Lord” box believing for the miracles He is going to do.
Let’s add your “miracle prayer” to the box. Just leave me a private comment below (just write private prayer and it will not post). Your comment can be a brief word to represent your miracle prayer or an actual prayer that I will print out and put in an envelope for you– your choice. You can even add your address if you want me to mail it back to you at a later date.
I would love the privilege of joining you in believing God for your miracle. He is the God of miracles!!! It’s springtime; we have His miracles unfolding right outside our door everyday.
Music is a source of peace and reflection for me. I have included links to two songs for encouragement as you believe and pray!
Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.”