One of Dallas’ key teachings is we are not in charge of outcomes. We partner with Jesus, arranging and rearranging our lives to learn from him, and we work with him any way possible. But, when it comes to outcomes, these are solely in Jesus‘ hands
This is such a freeing way to look at life, like the biblical parables of farming. We plant and wait.
No, “Come on seed, get growing!”
We simply follow the faithful work Jesus is working through us and we watch and wait.
This takes a large dose of humility.
1 Peter 5:5-7 (NLT)
You younger men, accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for
“God sets himself against the proud,
but he shows favor to the humble.”
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
Dallas likes to comment on why so many pastors dread hospital visits. The reason? They pray with patients, but rarely do they see “healing.” At least healing the way they think healing should happen. So, they become discouraged. Dallas reminds us all, “We are not in charge of the outcomes.”
Pray for someone’s healing in a way that expects the healing to already be happening.