Excerpt from "Intent of God"...
God the Father, God the Holy Spirit & God the Son are three distinct manifestations of the ONE true God, the I AM. This Trinity is made of Creator Father (the designer - mind of God), Spirit of God (energy -actuator of intent) & Son of God (Jesus - the word made flesh). These elements of God have distinct purposes and interrelationships, but there are no fences.
The Father, Son & Spirit are in seamless unity. This can be illustrated in the air we breathe. Air consists of 3 gases (oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide), a mixture that sustains life. Or consider, water has 3 states of being: solid (ice), liquid and gas (vapor); each is distinctive in form and purpose, but all are the same molecule of H2O.
Before the beginning of the world as we know it, the Father, designed all of creation according to His purpose. The Holy Spirit translated the will of the Father into the energy of creation, and "hovers over it" still. The Word made into flesh (Son of God, Jesus), is the very character of God manifested in physical form to take His place in the field of time.
By His purpose, man is made in God's image (Genesis 1:26) by similitude relationships of soul, spirit and body. God placed man in a world of both light and darkness. Uniquely, a characteristic was given to mankind that was to be his weakness and his greatest opportunity - that is man's free will.
Notwithstanding, man chose disobedience and became separated from the benefit of a personal relationship with God. Yet even in the darkness, stars (lesser light) were present to bear witness of light.
Then, the Son's perfect sacrifice was offered for our redemption, and availably the indwelling Spirit of God to strengthen and direct us. But, why? There is a mystery in God's purpose in creating beings, who are flawed and noted as a little lower than the Angels (Hebrew 2:7) and yet are so revered to be in His Kingdom?
To What Intent?
God foreknew our weakness and our fate for it was by His design. So, why would the God, that so loved the world that He gave his Son, design us to fail? Was man's fall a cruel joke? Of course not - so to what intent were we made a flawed creation, you might ask?
Insight to this query may be gained by first scaling down the question and considering the purpose in praying to God. For the purpose of discussion, note the distinction between supplication (asking God for a favor) and communing with God. My friend, Dan, refers to supplication as "pray-ER," the Emergency Room of Heaven providing care that is open to all - an awesome avenue of relationship. We are urged to take our cares to Him. Nevertheless, our need is before the Throne before we can ask. This is made righteous by Him who sits at the right of the Father (John 14:6).
God has shown me an insight in the small, country church (Bradbury UMC) that Janie and I presently attend (the leadership of this church is actively seeking the fullness of God and manifested discipleship). Sunday services start delightfully with Sonja, the praise & worship leader, asking for the congregation to call out their choice of hymns for all to sing. Going past the pleasure of recalling old hymns, it is clear many choices are speaking to a need or to repentance while other choices speak of His majesty. Deeper into the service, praise leads to worship that brings honor and Glory to His name. So it is that our need and His Glory may be framed together by the intention of God.
Let's focus on the kind of prayer that is direct communion with God relating less to our need and more to His purpose (though some may have difficulty with this priority). Whereby Jesus is our example of submission, tender and oneness with all of God. This is modeled by Christ in the words "...Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth..." proclaiming "Thine is the Kingdom, the power and GLORY forever."
In the world of common sense, surely God is not hearing our prayers in order to gather information about what's happening on earth. Neither is it necessary (yet encouraged) to tell Him our wants or feelings about a matter; He is our creator and knows everything about us (For example Luke 12:7 says even the hairs of our head are numbered that is He knows hair #3,542's length, weight, color, health and placement and differentiates it from #2,673 and all the other hairs). The point is: We need to audibly hear our own prayers.
Hearing our own prayer allows us to examine the content and purpose of our prayer. Look for the growth into agreement (or lack thereof) with God's intent. Am I a baby drinking only milk; am I a rebellious adolescent centered in my wants? Or, am I becoming the person fitting to my calling? Prayer viewed in this manner becomes a self-teaching tool to find our place in the field. It requires getting past a concept of "santa claus" God, and awakening to the purpose of our being, as His creation and as an extension of Himself.
Thus, we may have a new insight into the mystery of why God calls us to pray. While our great benevolent God is sensitive to our cares, we the people did not create God for our purpose (the false notion of God is in the image we would prefer, violates 2 of the 10 commandments). Rather, God created mankind in His image and for His purpose.
Yet, how few would even seek God were it not for the needs that overwhelm them? We are blessed by problems and failures; so let us rejoice for such things are opportunities for GLORY to be manifested (John9:3). Whereby, we learn to pray in agreement with His will (so that it may be done) in the relatively small matters of our lives so that we may grow in a larger sense to fulfill our place in the Kingdom of God, destiny. (more at Level 2)