“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Luke 2:49-50 (NIV)
I want to be about your business. I want to know and do you will. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I don’t want to go about my own business. I don’t want to live out my own plan. To do so, would be misspending my life. Of that, I have no doubt. Of that, I am absolutely certain. That’s good for you to know.
How will you come to know and do my will? How will you have any idea of what my purpose and plan is for your life? How will you know if you are being about my business? How will you know the difference between your plan and my plan? Those are all very good questions. They only have one answer. What’s that? If I want to be about your business, I must come and meet with you in prayer. I must ask you to help me to know and do your will. I must ask you to show me your purpose and plans for my life. That’s true.
Will I unfold my purpose and plan for your life all at once? Certainly not. Why not? You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. If you unfolded your entire purpose and plan for my life, I might come to think that I could, “take it from here.” I might come to think that I only need to occasionally check back in with you. That would mistake. Yes, it would. Tell me why. It would never work. I would never stay on course. I have not been made to live a life that is separate and independent with you. Your thoughts and ways are so much higher than mine. I will continue to need your wisdom and direction every day as I love, follow and serve you. Most importantly, it is your purpose and plan that I live in an intimate relationship with you. Everything else in life is secondary to that. That’s true.
What do you already know about being about my business? Meeting with you in prayer is being about your business. Being about your business is not different or separate from meeting with you in prayer. How so? You will accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans in and through prayer. Prayer is work. It is not like I will stop praying and start working. You will give me prayers to pray. Yes, I will. Your work will be accomplished through prayer. Yes, it will.
What steps will you take to be about my business? Every day, I will meet with you in prayer. I will talk with you. I will listen to you. I will pray the prayers that you give me to pray. I will ask for your guidance. I will follow your direction. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. Then I will be about your business. Yes, you will.
Heavenly Father, I certainly need to be meeting with you in prayer. Meeting with you in prayer is the desire of my heart. Fan that flame of desire. Draw me closer to you. Show me how I can be about your business. Give my life your purpose and direction. Amen
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