Today’s pro tip comes from Peter’s highest high and lowest low – when he answered Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?” Peter received the highest praise for understanding who Jesus really was, and Jesus was emboldened to go deeper with his friends, knowing they understood this truth. Unfortunately, Peter did not put Jesus’ identity together with Jesus’ mission and told Jesus how things should go according to him.
Many people have made this mistake, and many of us have assumed we were praying the right way when we did – telling God our plans and the way we are convinced our lives should go, and in the process standing directly in the way of God’s plans. We seek God’s “rubber stamp” on our decisions and expect God to bless it, no matter how our course might take us away from God’s plans and God’s intention for our lives. We need to spend more time seeking first God’s Kingdom, and God’s plans, and if we aren’t sure, focus in on what God wants us to do right here, right now, where we are, before we make grandiose plans and major life changes. In faithfulness and obedience God reveals His will to us.