Good Morning Ladies (and few gents),
GiG, last week I asked an acquaintance, “Where do you go when you need answers?” I was taken aback by her response. She goes to family, friends, Google and even other Christians, but not once did she say she goes to God herself for herself.
Don’t get it twisted; all these resources can be great blessings to our lives. I firmly believe in Christian fellowship and godly counsel, especially when puzzled about what to do. However, if we’re going to the phone (to other people, resources) before the throne of God; we’re willing to settle for the crumbs instead of the Creator.
I gently reminded this young lady that God is sovereign, He is Spirit, and He is accessible to us all at any time, but He will not force His ways upon us. Prayer is how we access Him. And we all have the same access code. God says…
17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 NLT
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 KJV
Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. Jeremiah 33:3 NLT
Cited above, God assured Jeremiah, and He assures us that we have only to call to Him and He will answer. God is ready to answer our prayers, but we must ask for his assistance. Surely, God could take care of our needs without our asking. But when we ask, we are acknowledging that he alone is God and that we cannot accomplish in our own strength all that is his domain to do. When we ask, we must humble ourselves, lay aside our willfulness and worry, and determine to obey him.
May we be encouraged to call on God when we are tempted to call on others instead. Remember, God may not give us all the answers we are seeking at once. He knows that some things we’re not ready to know or able to comprehend. But that’s no excuse not to call on Him. Trust Him. He’s always timely. Truly prayer changes things!
Called to serve and encouraging others to thrive,
DEA: Embracing a Work-Hard, Rest-Well Life and Loving My Priorities, Loving My Life