The Disagreeing Prayer

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as
it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 (NKJV)

I have heard it said that prayer is simply agreeing with God.  But sometimes I want to DISAGREE.

Let’s look at how My Tea Cupp Prayers agree with God…

…I agree I like His blessings and so I THANK Him…

…I agree He is my Wonderful Savior and so I EXALT Him…

…I agree that I am a sinner and so I ADMIT my sins…

…I agree with His CALL for my life, and so I try to carry it out…

…I agree that my story is found in His Word, and I try to UNDERSTAND it better…

…I agree with His PROMISES and claim them for my own…

…I agree with His will, and PETITION Him…but why???

If I agree with His will, why would I be pouring out my heart to Him in desperate prayer?  Why would I be fasting for a different outcome?  Why would I plea with Him for the life of a young boy with cancer?  Why would I wrestle in prayer for my children?  Why would I pour out my heart to Jesus for the sake of our ministry, if I was content with the status quo?  I would not.  I would not need to pray because I would just say, “Oh, well, it must be God’s will.”

But that is not what I say!  I wrestle with God as Jacob did with the angel.  I pour out my heart as the Psalmist did and cry, “How long, O Lord, How long!”  I disagree with Him as we sip our TEA together.  I want to throw down my hot cup and  complain, “Hey, God, You could have intervened here!  Why does it seem like You didn’t do anything?!”  And He listens and gives me His Word to read and more promises to claim.

When Mary and Martha’s brother Lazarus died, both of them complained to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” John 11:21-22 (NKJV)

Even Jesus did not like God’s plan, and asked before He went to the cross if there was another way…

“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42 (NKJV)

And so it is okay to share our hearts with God, because He already knows what we are thinking anyway.  Pour out your heart to Him and tell Him every worry, sorrow, anxiety, trouble and complaint.  Give it all to Jesus and let Him take care of it for you. Let Him know You DISAGREE.  Here are some prayers right from God’s Word for you…

I cry out to the LORD with my voice;
With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
Psalm 142:1-2 (NKJV)

Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me.
Psalm 86:6-7 (NKJV)

Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:1-2 (NKJV)

How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
Psalm 13:1-2 (NKJV)

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

After you have poured out your heart and all your disagreements to Jesus, claim His promises…

…the LORD has heard my weeping.
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
Psalm 6:8-9  (NIV)

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
Psalm 145:18 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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