(That His Name Be Glorified!)
Recently I have been shown,or have FINALLY seen, a specific way to pray - a vitally urgent way - that I had been sort of dancing around, but still missing, or hit and missing!
Yeshua - when facing the hardest and last test of His humanity prayed - "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? No, it is for this purpose that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify Your name!”
This echoed His sentiments expressed in His instructional model, known as "The Lord's Prayer" (shown in the meme). But now it had come down to where the rubber meets the road. It is easy to pray, "Thy will Be Done, Thy Kingdom come..." when the sun is shining and one is surrounded by eager students! Ah, such happy sacrifice! But in the dark, cold evening, when death is hovering near, and betrayal is stalking one through the woods...if that be part and parcel of God's plan for success...are we still in? ALL in?!
I don't think we consider - when we are facing some agonizing soul crusher - that THIS could be the moment for which we were created! The very purpose for which we were born! I don't think we stop often enough in those moments to consider WHY we are HERE - at this particular test, at this particular time! "For such a time as this" - as Mordecai said to Esther! When SHE was facing an agony of life threatening proportions.
Because you see, all real spiritual agony is life threatening. It may or may not be threatening your physical life in the literal sense, as in Cancer or some dread illness or persecution! But it ALWAYS targets the "lifestyle" to which we've become accustomed, or that we were working toward or dreaming of! Because the goal is never temporal, it is always eternal. Our tests come that HIS NAME may be Glorified in US. Always.
Esther got through her agony, and her people were saved. And God was Glorified, and still is, through her dedication and courage! Yeshua got through His agony, was violently murdered in a great cloud of peace and trust, and then rose again, becoming the way to God! We were saved, and God was and IS glorified in that to this day!
May the agonies we face today - which threaten our sleep, health, finances, sanity and peace - may they be put firmly into the hands of our great Father-King - and May all our hopes, faith and dreams be laid on the table that HIS Great Name Be GLORIFIED through our trust in HIM!
May we be found faithful to the heavenly calling, and not settle for mere accolades of man. May we never trade treasures for trinkets - by selling "land", spiritual territory, which we never claimed in the first place! May we become stalwart, dependable, trustworthy, thoroughly vetted, utterly devoted Disciples of the Anointed One, and may our service be WITH Him, not merely FOR Him - and may that service be marked with His presence and anointing!
For that Anointing is what moves burdens and destroys yokes of bondage! That Anointing is what releases the captive, and restores what the locusts have eaten! That Anointing is what we need to perform His work in the earth.
Agony of soul is the mark of one being refined. Do not strive against the artists as He perfects His gold. Agony is a sign of great value - not - as the enemy would have us believe - of our worthlessness!
Soon the fires will be all past, and WE, shining as pure gold, will Glorify His Name, as it should be Glorified! Soon, our suffering will have an impact such as we would have never dreamed. Deliverance is never a goal - it is a mere side effect of His Name being glorified. We need to cease praying for deliverance from the fire! We can never get "done" that way! In God's fires the only way "OUT" is "THROUGH"!
Press on! Praise on! Fight on! Don't weary! But ever fight toward the real goal - that HIS GREAT NAME BE GLORIFIED! As the Journey to His Image continues....