That’s Easy! Phil 4:6 tells us that all we have to do is relax, talk to God and let Him guide us.
Well… maybe it’s not that easy. Especially when it contradicts what we have been taught most of our lives. Act- and do so quickly! If there is a problem- solve it! We can do anything. If we believe it- we can achieve it! Yet this verse is telling us to take it to God and let Him guide us! Aren’t we the leader of our lives?
I have a very close friend who amazes me! Whenever she tells me about a issue she has been or is wrestling with, she begins it by saying: “I have been praying…” or “I prayed…”. Over the years I’ve grown to expect this, and to be honest, it inspired me.
I wasn’t impressed with the fact that she prayed, but by the tenacity she displayed. She perseveres in her prayer life. She does not budge or take action until she hears from her maker. She has been through situations that would send others running or questioning God, but her? Her hardships send her on her knees.
She has a relationship with God that reflects her dependence on Him!
To others it appears that life has dealt her a hand that ensures her a win. But that is not always so. In actuality she irons out the wrinkles of her life on her knees. She goes to war through prayer.
I have seen many who act and then pray for God. Somehow we believe that having faith means we are able to tell God when and how to act. You’ve heard the declaration: “Speak it into existence!” It has omitted the need to persevere and trust that God will do what is best. Simply Speak it into existence. Well what if it is not in our best interest?
Prayer is an opportunity to communicate with God. What that means is, we speak and listen- trusting that He will do what is best. It isn’t a closed letter to Santa, where we make a list of requests and trust we will wake up on Christmas morning to find the list has been fulfilled.
This weekend, I was blessed to spend some time with a dear friend. As we chatted, I found myself discussing an area of my life that I was currently praying about. As the conversation went on, I found myself mentioning why I felt that area needed addressing. Later that evening, after she left, I felt convicted. Why had I been complaining. I have a lot to be thankful for. Instead of complaining, I should take it to the Lord and trust that He will sort it out. By complaining and fretting about it, I was displaying my lack of faith in His ability to guide me.
I’m learning more and more that the key to a happy fulfilled life is having a strong prayer life! It’s being still and knowing that God is God (Ps 46:10); praying to Him, making our needs known, and waiting until He speaks it into existence- if it is His will.
Long ago, I kept a binder with all my letters to God. I found it to be a very effective way to communicate in a deep and intimate way with Him. While I have written letters to God recently, I have not been as consistent. I plan to reintroduce this into my prayer life as an additional means of communication.
My Motivation Tip this week, is for us to focus on our prayer life. Have plans, goals, aspiration? Talk to Him about it. Any concerns, fears, regrets? Lay them at His feet.
It is by building a strong prayer Life that we can truly live our best life now!
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Thank you and God Bless you!