I've personally experienced this more times that I care to
recount. Especially when, in deliverance ministry, God was
bringing change in its application and refinement.
AND also when there was a decline in the
employment field, finances, OR
shifts taking place in my personal life.
well ask then, what is the solution to moving forward again?
A part of the answer is recognizing that these
"standstill" times are seasons of possible change that God
desires to bring. The other part of the answer is as simple
as this .... Ask God the right questions.
look closely at the "usual" questions we ask, "What have I
done wrong? Did I miss Your will God?" etc., you will notice
that those questions are NOT spoken out of
the knowledge of the LOVE OF GOD. In
other words, if your NOT SURE that God
truly loves you, you will immediately ask or seek to find
out what you did wrong, which can be another form of
"turning inward" emotionally, or assuming that you must have
botched things up somehow!
you TRULY KNOW you are loved by God at
all times, no matter the circumstances or changes that
are occurring (or lack of them), one would not turn inward,
but would confidently ask the questions that
reflect the surety and absolute
confidence in how much God loves them.
the good and wiser questions like? I can only share what I
have heard the Lord bring to me or others through
experience. Some examples of these questions are, "What is
Your perfect will in this season of change Father? What
change are You trying to bring into my life? Lord, what are
you saying to me? How are You dealing with me, and trying to
get my attention? SPEAK Lord, I am listening!" The questions
the Holy Spirit brings to us to pray, will be according to
the particular situation at hand.
understood that I needed to ask the right
questions in my times of prayer, I began to practice
asking God to place within me the question(s) He
wanted me to ask, as led by His Holy Spirit. I'm then
learning to wait for several minutes for Him to bring them
to my mind. Most often I will "hear" it in my mind, then
speak it. Most often, it is a question that I would have
never thought of asking! How does one discern if these
questions are from the Lord? The questions placed in us by
the Holy Spirit, put God's will and desire first.
be said on how important our questions are in our times of
prayer with God, however, let me say this, that it can be
the difference between being "self" centered (I must have
done something wrong), and "other" (mindful of God's desire)