3/19/2000 6:00 PM
1 Peter 2:1, 2
Put aside malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies and evil speakings, as they will be a hindrance to us. Peter, also, is not telling us to stay spiritual babies, but rather, as babies like to eat, desire the word of God. He is speaking of the desire we should have for the word of God - "more". We want to understand more so we can grow spiritually. It isn't just to fill your head, but it is spiritual development or an increase. We should be concerned when we are spiritually "not hungry" - especially if it happens very often. We should desire for an increase in learning.
God's people should be continuously seeking for the knowledge and understanding of God's word. We do not want to be willingly ignorant. Knowledge, wisdom and understanding come at the voice of God. Prayer is conversation with God. As people we don't always stop and listen. Prayer is a conversation with the Lord. Our prayer is all too often like a child with a Christmas list - "I want, I want, I want..." This isn't a conversation, it's a monologue. A good conversation often revolves around questions. If we want to learn, we need to take our questions to the Lord in prayer. Conversation is asking questions and listening for answers. Take time to listen and look in the word of God. Ask, then listen. God speaking to you is the blessing of prayer.
If there are things you don't know or understand - ask God. God is patient enough to answer all our questions. Wisdom doesn't come by the truckload, but comes as we face each and every situation. He can help us apply what we have learned to our situations. He won't always answer immediately, and also not always in the way we expect. Sometimes we will get to pray about a thing for a while before getting the answer. When God explains it, it will make sense. God will answer questions you don't ask also. Prayer is a time when God can speak to us.
Peter saw something from God, and he ended up with a question. God told Peter not to be calling "unclean" things that he had made clean. God did this to get a point across. He may show us something to get us to question.
Peter began to realize what was going on and the explanation.
This is the meaning of the sheet full of animals. He perceived that God desires to save all men. We want our prayer time to be a time when God can show us some things. Plan in some listening time with your prayer time. Are we able to take in the answer? It may take some time for us to be able to understand the answer to our questions. Pursue it until you can understand. Prayer time has more value when we receive from God. Shut out the other voices. Go in the closet where it is just you and god. Shut out the distractions, and give your attention fully to God. Focus on God and hear from heaven. Write down thoughts for consideration later - and keep focused on God. We want to be able to speak to God and have him speak to us.
The wisdom from above is "easy to be entreated" (many misinterpret this as "easy to listen to") - entreating is asking. The wisdom from above is ready to be asked questions. It is easy to ask the questions of God. God doesn't speak just to "thunder", but to "water." God doesn't mind us asking questions so we can understand things. It may take a bit to understand, but God doesn't mind that - he's got plenty of patience for us. God is the great teacher. He wants us to know his will, purpose and way.
Matthew 7:7, 8
If we seek to know God's word, our efforts will not be wasted. If you desire to grow in the things of God, prayer is a time when he can help you grow.