We know that God is sovereign, and by that we think that he will intervene in our lives and move and make things happen that need to happen. Our response to this is that we sit back and wait, and wait and wait. We wait for God to move. But, I believe, He is waiting for us to move. Yes, absolutely He is Sovereign, but there is a dynamic of responsibility and intentionality that we have lost. The picture comes to mind of a man sitting in his sitting room praying for a new car. God hears his prayer and answers, by sending a car to the local showroom that is just what he prayed for and at just the right price. The man praying waits and waits, the new car doesn’t come. The car in the show room gets sold. The man is disappointed that he hasn’t received a car. “God you are sovereign, I felt that you had answered the prayer, but where is the car? ”
God had moved, but it needed the man to be intentional to receive what God had for him. I have prophesied over thousands of people. If I sat and waited for the Spirit to move then I would probably wouldn’t have shared as many words as I have. But as I step out with the little God has given, God always gives more. Or if I have nothing, I begin to pray and my faith is such that if I pray, God will want to say something. I am deliberately intentional.
How does that work with the man and his car? Well, if he knew in his heart that God had answered his prayer, then to be intentional would look like him getting out of his chair and looking around at car showrooms, classified ads etc.
We know God heals, but how often do we pray from afar for healing and get disappointed with the results? Jesus says to lay hands on the sick and they will be healed. That takes a degree of being intentional. I have to engage with the person who is sick, I have to lay hands on them and pray. That’s being intentional. You could take it further. If you feel God has called you to lay hands on the sick (arguably that is all of us) but for those who particularly feel God has called them to do this, then to be intentional is to look for those who are not well and deliberately engage with them with the intention of praying for their healing.
As a caveat, within all of our intentional behaviour we walk by the Spirit and follow his leading and his prompting, but we are often waiting for the green light to go when it is already on. We already have permission!