Blog 65 / Our High Calling

Praying for God’s Glory Will Cost Us

Most of us who love the Lord have often prayed that God would be glorified in our life, in our home, in our work and our relationships. Such prayers God delights to answer, but His answers will cost us. God can be glorified in us only as we are willing to die to self, which is often a painful and lifelong process.

Self doesn’t surrender control of our life easily – but it has to go if God is to be glorified in us. Self is not pretty and its traits are many. It craves human praise, wants to be noticed and admired, is defensive when criticized, stands on its rights and takes offense when overlooked. It covers up its faults and gives a better impression of itself than is strictly true. It gets irritable, impatient and angry. Even if we avoid outwardly committing the “big” sins, we can too easily harbor thoughts of them in our hearts.

In contrast, a life that has enthroned Christ and dethroned self is quick to surrender its will to the Master. It is not defensive nor does it stand on its own rights. It receives criticism with a humble spirit, it grieves over sin, is quick to admit failure and to seek forgiveness. It desires holiness more than happiness, has a thankful spirit and a deep hunger for the things of God.

God wants all of us to manifest these Christlike attitudes because He is glorified in our lives when His Son is revealed in us. And He is so committed to revealing His Son that He will allow us to go through hardships, disappointments, humiliations and failures to pry us loose from the things we hold onto that obscure His glory. The more we die to self though, the more the beauty of Jesus will be seen in us.

Imagine a beautiful painting that has been hidden away for decades in an old basement. It has gathered so much grime that the picture is totally hidden. When a master art restorer receives the painting he sets about carefully removing the grime. As he does this the image, once obscured, is gradually revealed.

In like manner, God wills nothing less for us than the full restoration of the image of His Son in us. So what more can we pray than for God to be glorified in us? And why ask for anything less?



Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
rejoicing over god with singing – blog 64
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 63
the glorious end God has in mind- blog 62
No Place LIke Home – blog 60
finishing well – blog 59
are we known as formidible opponents? – blog 58
Thy Kingdom Come – blog 57
A Life Lived in Pursuit of Knowing God – blog 56
The church triumphant – blog 55
we do not have because we do not ask – blog 54
exclusive property of god – blog 53
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 52
the battle is still the lord’s – blog 51
nothing is impossible with god – blog 49
It is a wonderful life – blog 48
Listening for the master’s voice – blog 47
prayer and unbelief – blog 46
Our Motivation in Praying for the Lost – blog 45
demolishing strongholds – blog 44
overcome evil with good- blog 43
dealing with strongholds – blog 42
when our prayers go unanswered – blog 41
key to unanswered prayer – blog 40
prayer and The bride – blog 39
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1