Henry Blackaby would likely agree with these questions. A recent devotional of his in the Experiencing God Day by Day devotional book gives us this great insight.
Prayer does not give you spiritual power. Prayer aligns your life with God so that He chooses to demonstrate His power through you. The purpose of prayer is not to convince God to change your circumstances but to prepare you to be involved in God’s activity.
I might want to clarify Maxwell’s question this way: God, what is Your main event today?
If you were to sit down right now and make a list of the things that are on your agenda, you could probably fill a page. Likely you would have meetings, planning, budgeting, personnel issues, and on and on. And it would all be important, no doubt about it. But would it be the most important? And would you be able to lead your staff, your organization, in the proper way?
Solomon has some advice for us in Proverbs that seems to fit here. You are probably quite familiar with the passage.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
A budget meeting? How do you know where to expend the precious funds the Lord supplies? Personnel problems? What do you tell the person on your staff when they are in jeopardy of failing? How do you know which way to take your ministry in the coming year? Two years? Five years?
From Solomon’s wisdom, here would be his bullet point response:
Simple? No. We are programmed to do just the opposite. If we were to put the bullet points together it would look like this.
To that kind of thinking, God…through Solomon…says,
…do not depend on your own understanding.
Trust in the Lord.