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DISCERNING THE WILL OF GOD 

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How will you be involved in this Every Member Mission Trip? Discovering the best way for you to participate begins with a process of discernment.

“Discernment, in a most general sense, is the capacity to recognize and respond to the presence and the activity of God, both in the ordinary moments and in the larger decisions of our lives.” (Ruth Haley Barton)

The Apostle Paul says that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we can discern what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable and perfect (Romans 12: 2) 

Prayers for Discernment: 

Discernment takes place in the context of friendship with God as it is cultivated through prayer.  Prayer encompasses all the ways we communicate and commune with God. The further we travel on the spiritual journey, the more we discover that all of life is prayer and holds the potential for deepening our intimacy with God.  That said, there are three kinds of prayer that are particularly pertinent to discernment. 

Prayer of Quiet Trust ( Psalm 131)

In this prayer we acknowledge our utter dependence ON God and trust IN God when things are “too great and too marvelous for me.”  It is only as we learn the prayer of quiet trust in the face of our own personal questions and complexities that we can enter into this kind of prayer in a leadership setting. 

Prayer of Indifference

In this prayer we ask God to work in our hearts to make us indifferent to anything but the will of God. It was this kind of indifference and willingness of Mary’s response when the angel came to her and told her that she would give birth to the Messiah. “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word. (Luke 1: 38.  It was Jesus’ prayer after he had struggled in the garden of Gethsemane; “Not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42) 

Prayer of Wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.” (James 1:5)

We often pray for wisdom while we are already attached to some outcome we think is best!  Indifference is an importance prerequisite to the prayer for wisdom precisely because the wisdom of God is foolishness  of the world. When we have become indifferent to our need to be seen as wise in the eyes of others, then we are ready to receive wisdom from God.

 
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