The hard truth to the matter is I’m not much of a prayer warrior. I grew up around a mom who prayed every single morning and throughout the day. However, I never picked up that habit and quality trait unfortunately. Prayer to me has the tendency to be a second choice. I try to manipulate things myself. Then if that doesn’t work … after I have exhausted all means … then I choose prayer. Why is that? Why don’t I go to God first in prayer and follow His lead? If I were to be honest, I would say it’s a pride thing. If you’ve read any of my blogs previous to this one, you know pride is something I have mentioned before. It is a continual weakness that I have yet to overcome.
Now, I didn’t say I didn’t pray and haven’t prayed. I just don’t do it as consistently as I should. Thankfully(as with many things), God hasn’t held that against me.
For the past 14 years, I have had a singular prayer request. Those of you who know me well know the request and have been praying with me. You can never underestimate the power of prayer. Prayer of yourself to God and prayer of others to God on behalf of you.
A few weeks ago, God partially answered this prayer. It overwhelmed me that He gave me an opportunity that I have been praying for for a long time. It was such a joy to see Him at work! My regret is I tried too many times to manipulate that answer myself and didn’t just let Him lead the situation.
Now I said He “partially answered this prayer.” That means I continue to pray for Him to open doors. But, I had to take the time to thank Him for bringing me this far and answering my prayer in a way I had hoped He would.
Of course, you’ve heard the old adage(which I believe) before that God ALWAYS answers prayer.
Sometimes the answer is YES
Sometimes the answer is NO
Sometimes the answer is WAIT
It’s the waiting part I don’t particularly like. That’s where I like to “help God out” and move things along.
However, that’s not my place in my Christian life. My place is to:
1. Do my best to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
2. Spend time in prayer for those around me that need Him in their lives
3. Be a witness to those around me that need Him in their lives
4. Request for God’s will to be accomplished in the areas of my life I need His power and involvement
5. Accept either YES, NO, or WAIT as His Will and continue to serve Him.
How’s your prayer life?
I KNOW God always answers prayer
I KNOW God wants us to be content and happy in Him
I KNOW God wants us to serve Him
I KNOW I must accept His will no matter what that may entail
Need God to work in a miraculous way in your life? I know He will answer your prayer. As a matter of fact, He already has … it could be the answer to WAIT and see what He will do.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.