Do you labor with prayer? Do you wish that you did it better or did it at all?
First, you need to know that I am not perfect and want to have a better relationship with God each and every day. I don’t claim to be a prayer expert, but I do know this:
I am broken and in need of help. I constantly wish I sought God more and drew closer to Him. I am reminded every day just how weak that I am and that I cannot go a day without thinking or saying something I should not have.
I remember the first two years after I submitted myself to Jesus. These years were full of three hour segments of me reading and praying to God. This was usually from 4am-7am and He seemed so close to me.
Then I found myself really involved in ministry, school, and life. I started to see my time with God dwindle down to maybe 30 minutes a day. This may seem like a lot to you or not enough. Either way, it’s what I learned from this that matters.
The business of life crowded my time with God. I started to get frustrated towards others and their opinions made me angry. I saw other people as opposers no matter what encouraging words they said to me. I hurt my family by the words and actions I exhibited.
This was a season in my life I am so grateful
Before I get into some helpful tips, I want to introduce you to someone that God used to transform my perspective of prayer.
His name is George Muller. George prayed over $7,000,000 into existence when he was leading an orphanage ministry in Bristol England in 1835 through 1898.
George’s mission was to show others that God can and will provide for His will to be done. Mr. Muller lived by Psalm 81:10. He truly believed that the Words in Scripture were God’s Words to him.
There were many nights in the orphanage when the food ran out after dinner, which left the staff and children wondering what they were going to eat for breakfast. Only to wake up hearing a knock on the door by the local baker or someone wanting to donate money.
God provided for George and his ministry through prayer. Also, keep in mind God didn’t answer every one of Mr. Muller’s prayers. George lost two wives and he asked God to spare both of them. Even after their death George still counted his blessings and praised God for who He is.
What I learned through the years has brought me closer to my Savior and friend, Jesus:
(1) God is who He is no matter what we are going through
What a sobering and encouraging fact that no matter where we are in life God doesn’t change. He is constant and true in every aspect of His character.
I have learned that there will be some seasons I feel really close to God and others I feel distant. This does not mean God is near and far, it just means there is a reason and I need to have faith that my Father has my best interest at heart.
It is usually out of those valley experiences that I gain a new and fresh perspective on the passion of God for others, and a renewed sense of purpose.
(2) Pray, read, and spend time out of love and obedience
This is the deal: God saved my soul from hell through Jesus Christ. No matter what I feel I should look upwards in gratitude for the sheer fact of Heaven.
Sometimes my prayer or reading of Scripture goes like this:
“God I really don’t feel you or see you in the Bible today. I am here because I love you and I am making a choice at this moment to praise you. I believe your promises and know that your ways or not my ways and your thoughts or not my thoughts.”
God help us to take devotion seriously like those who went before us. May our faith move mountains like Mr. Muller!
(3) Rest in the love He showed on the cross
When we look at our lives and reflect on the good and bad just remember Jesus bled, died, and rose from the dead for our freedom. No matter how dark life may get for us, we have a Savior and friend, Jesus.
To trust in Jesus is agreeing with God that we need Him.
Friend, I know what you are going through. This life can be so up and down sometimes. Things happen we just can’t understand and we want answers. In that moment trust that you don’t have the answer for good reason.
God so desperately loves you and has your back.
Do you believe that today? Do you trust that He is who He says He is?
Peace comes in trusting.
Peace isn’t emotional.
Peace means to have joy in the future. “Future of Heaven for our souls.”
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