"Tychicus will tell you everything." Ephesians 6:21

August 28th, 2013 by Dennis Fuqua

What Pleases God?

Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

A key difference between living as we used to live (in darkness) and the way He has called us to live (in the light) is that we are on a quest to find out what pleases the Lord.  His invitation to us is that if it does not please the Lord, let’s stay away; trouble ahead.  If it pleases the Lord, come on; let’s go!

So, what pleases God?  In my quest, I have found this out.  Prayer pleases Him.  Take a look at Proverbs 15:8 – The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

That’s pretty clear.

Also take a look at 1 Timothy 2:1 ff I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God…

Prayer is both good and it pleases God.  This is no surprise to us, but why do you suppose it pleases Him?

I can think of several reasons.  I will mention two here.

1) Prayer pleases God because God loves it when we show our dependence on Him.  We are dependent all the time.  Sometimes we know it and sometimes we don’t.  But it is always beneficial to know that it is His air we breathe, His water we drink, His sun which warms us, and His Son who saves us.  What pleases Him is when we act like we are dependent upon Him.  Prayer – about the basic and the big things – is one key way we can demonstrate our dependence on Him.  As we pray, we are intentionally recognizing that we can’t, but He can; that we don’t know what is best, but He does; that we are not in control, but He is.

2) Prayer pleases God because God loves it when we team with Him to see His will accomplished here on earth.  Prayer is not primarily informing an ignorant God about what needs to be done.  Nor is it about convincing and unwilling God to do what we think He should do.  Prayer, at its core, is aligning all that I am – my words, motives, words, everything! – with His good and perfect will.  There is so much in this world that does not reflect God’s will.  He loves it when we who call Him “Father” cooperate with Him to see His will accomplished.

Thank you, Tychicus

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