Last night I laid down in bed, put my head on the pillow, and began praying. This is my normal routine. But it stopped being normal right after I prayed the first sentence.
My prayer isn’t the same every night. It’s just a conversation between God and me, and so the content varies greatly. Last night, my first sentence was, “Father, as I sleep tonight, give me a dream of my future.” This, in itself, isn’t particularly extraordinary. I’ve made this request before. Sometimes he says yes, sometimes he says no. But last night, as soon as I made the request, I became terrified. Terrified seems to be the right word, but in some ways I know it will create the wrong picture in your mind.
I opened my eyes in bed, laying there in the dark, and asked, “What’s wrong with my request? Why does it alarm me? I’ve prayed this prayer before, and it’s always been fine. What’s wrong?”
Do you understand the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Have you felt his nudge? Have you received direction and knowledge that you knew wasn’t your own? If not, I can’t explain this next part to you in any way that you’ll understand. Just take it for what it is. Take it with a grain of skepticism, if you like. It doesn’t matter to me, and it doesn’t affect the outcome.
Anyway, in that moment, when I asked, “What’s wrong with my request,” I received my answer. So I prayed again, with a different (and this time correct) request: “Father, as I sleep tonight, give me a dream of my purpose.”
The future, you see, comes directly out of purpose. The future doesn’t just happen to you. It’s a result. There are causes for the future, explanations, antecedents.
It is my understanding of my purpose that will bring my future to pass.
And, of course, it is your understanding of your purpose that will bring your future to pass.