If you are like me, your prayer life could definitely use some work!
How do perceive prayer in the first place?
Do we see prayer as a “fix everything” time?
Do we treat God as our own personal genie?
It seems we just close our eyes and begin rattling off a “grocery list” of our wants.
How much time do we spend on ourselves and our list?
How much time do we spend on Him?
God, the Creator and Sustainer of life, doesn’t “need” our praise,
but He certainly desires it
and He certainly deserves it.
Before Jesus fed the 5,000, He thanked His Father.
Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He thanked His Father.
If Jesus, God in skin, did this, don’t you think we should too?
Please don’t get me wrong. I know we are to take our cares and concerns to Him.
But, I am grieved that maybe that is all we are doing.
And then there is the question of our response to His answers.
We pray for healing.
What if it doesn’t come?
We pray for a different job.
What if God keeps us in the one we have?
When God works in our lives in the way WE want, we are quick to tell others “God is so good.”
What if OUR result isn’t the result God has in mind?
Is He still “GOOD?”
“The critical question for every person who prays is this:
do I place at least as much, if not more, faith in the goodness of God’s intentions
as I do in God’s ability to move mountains?
Will I be equally happy to receive either response?” *
Read that until you get it.
God’s intentions may not be to move the mountain for you.
BUT HE IS STILL GOOD!!!
This past Sunday, we looked at Matthew 6:33 that reads
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added to you.”
The preceding verses told us not to be anxious about what we eat or drink or wear;
you know, the “things” of life.
So, what are we to do?
Seek His kingdom and His righteousness FIRST!
Maybe it’s a good time for us all to take a close look at our prayer life.
Who are our prayers about, me or God?
Am I seeking Him first or me first?
Am I thanking Him for who He is
or am I only thankful when He “performs” my wishes?
Do I really even get it that I am talking to the Maker of heaven and earth?
Do I grasp the wonder of being welcomed into His very throne room?
Do I understand that I can only enter because Jesus opened the way for me?
God created us to glorify Him.
Let’s get back to our purpose!!!
When He is in the proper place in our lives,
our lives take on new meaning.
What we want isn’t so important anymore.
“Thy will be done” will be our desire.
Thank Him! Praise Him! Glorify Him! Adore Him!
He will take care of the rest.
Lots of love, Sharon
*from Today in the Word, Moody Bible Institute, daily devotion for May 20, 2013