Day #14- Prayer

A few weeks ago I was wrestling with something.  I had prayed about it but what God really laid upon my heart one Friday afternoon was to give it to Him in prayer.  See…I had sort-of tip toed around the issue in my prayers saying blanket statements like “Your will be done” and “align my desires with Your will”…not that there is anything wrong with that at all…in fact that’s what we should pray…but I wasn’t being honest.  I had never specifically asked Him for what was on my heart.  God pretty much told my heart “ASK!  Give it to me!  Open your heart up to me fully!  I already know what’s in there!”  I had not asked Him because it was really BIG and well…I think I was afraid to.  Afraid?  Why?  Maybe I didn’t want to know His answer…maybe I wanted to hold onto it…maybe…I didn’t trust Him.  Well…He called me out on it and I was obedient.  I gave it to Him.  The result?  I don’t know!  And that’s okay because I haven’t taken it back and I trust that He knows what is best…whatever the answer.

Richard Foster says “Children do not find it difficult or complicated to talk to their parents, nor do they feel embarrassed to bring the simplest need to their attention. Neither should we hesitate to bring the simplest requests confidently to the Father.”  My request was simple, but I’m the one who made it complicated.  I forgot how big my God really is.  Is there something you think is too big to ask God for?  I urge you…be bold…give it to Him in the magnificent gift of prayer…and don’t take it back!  I am so grateful I did just that!

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

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