KING OF THE OUTCOME
by Jonathan Pickett, Gateway Administrator
A few months ago, as I was spending some time alone with God, I started speaking out what He is “King” over as the titles were coming to me. “You are the King of glory! You are King of all! You are King of creation! You are King of the universe!”. Then I spoke out a title that surprised me. It just came forth, I hadn’t thought of it.
When I heard the title spoken out loud, I remember saying to myself, “What did I just say?” I reeled it back in and said it again. “You are King of the outcome.” I had never heard that before. I
kept repeating and pondering it. I believe the Holy Spirit was revealing a truth to me. A small concept of a deep meaning started opening up as I thought about it.
As believers, we pray. As believers, we petition God with varied requests. We pray for financial provision, basic material needs, and for Him to reveal purpose and direction. We pray to be healed, for
others to get healed, and for protection from sickness and disease. There is no limit what we, as children, can ask from our good and gracious heavenly Father. God has our best interest at heart. Jesus has opened the way for believers to have direct access to God’s throne room. Jesus’ death and resurrection provides eternal life, being forever in His presence for all who believe in Him as their personal Savior.
It is a promise of scripture that the prayers of a believer are heard by God: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of Him.” [1 John 5:14-15]
What are we really doing when we pray? Yes, as many have said, “Prayer is having a conversation with God,” but most of the time when we pray, we ask God for something or to do something. We need our Father God to answer our prayers. We trust Him to not only hear us, but to act on our requests.
As I considered the title of God, “King of the outcome,” I began to realize that when we pray and give God our requests, we are in fact making Him “King of the outcome.” We can ask God for anything and to do anything, but He always reserves for Himself how He will answer and when He will answer. I now understand that when we pray we are purposefully making God King of our outcome. We ask of God, but trust Him for the outcome. We are raising God up to His throne as King over our prayer requests. We are letting go of being in control of our needs and we are giving control to God. We are establishing Him as the rightful King over our prayers as we choose to let Him be in charge of all of His possible outcomes.
He truly is, “King of the outcome.”
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