What if prayer stopped being a daily “To Do” list for God and became a renewal of surrender and availability to that for which God has for US to do? I’ve heard thousands of people pray (myself included), and I can’t help but wonder if it is annoying at best and even nauseating to God for us to give him our fleshly lists of instructions, recommendations, reminders, demands and suggestions.
Lord, just bless us. Lord, just protect us. Lord, just lead us. Lord, just heal us. Lord, just provide for us. Lord, just make our team win. Lord, just prosper our journey. Lord, just give me the job I applied for. Lord, just make her fall in love with me. Lord, just make my neighbor stop being so loud. Lord, just give me an A on my test. Lord, just do what I say, really, just do it.
What happened to “Thy will be done”? Where is the “Here am I, Lord, send me”? Why don’t we ask God, “What do YOU want me to do today”? Would it be so terrible to surrender control of the day to the One who created it and has a perfect plan for every one of us?
The paradoxical reality is that His way is always, always better than ours. We can’t see this for a variety of reasons, but the fact remains true, nonetheless. Not only is he worthy of our surrender, but completely trust-worthy. I have yet to hear someone declare that trusting and obeying God ended in destruction. It always leads to blessings in abundance.
If we are honest with ourselves, we can certainly admit that God is wiser, stronger and more able than we treat Him. He has more resources than we count on and more options than that of which we are aware. Than why do we begin the day with a barrage of commands to our God and King?
I would dare say it would make more sense and absolutely behoove us to kneel at His feet, empty ourselves of any agenda, and humbly ask him to use us in his eternal kingdom. I am by no means an expert on prayer, nor do I have the Christian life mastered to any extent. However, I can only imagine there is more to a relationship with God than a constant string of cryptic instructions and annoyed reminders of what He is “supposed” to be doing for us.
This is for me, but you’re welcome to read it.
Tea for Two ~ God and You March 5, 2013
This is what I call the small bits of love that I am privileged to extend to women doing real work for the Kingdom. Sipping a steaming cup of tea forces us to slow down and live in the moment. It is in these rare times that we allow ourselves the quietness in which to hear God speak…to experience his presence…to bask in his love.
There is nothing more available, yet more needful than the love of God. When we tap into the all-powerful love of our heavenly Father, we find what is essential to accepting who we are in Him. The confidence and power that we find in the Holy Spirit enables us to reach our world for Jesus Christ.
So many people need you, so I invite you to a simple moment of peace with our Father – to bask in his holiness, his grace, and his love. You have been chosen, justified, sanctified, and glorified…and you are loved. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your selfless work that will be reflected forever in heaven.
Father’s Love February 22, 2013
Because of the insane love that I have from my Daddy, I catch an incredible glimpse of the passionate love that our Heavenly Father has for us. I know that every girl doesn’t have the impossibly amazing father that I have, but we ALL have the opportunity to know the radical love of God – to feel His strong presence in our lives and to experience his overwhelming grace.
Through Jesus Christ we are able to approach the Creator of the Universe and have the privilege, yea, RIGHT to call Jehovah our Dad, Papa, Father. He provides, guides, protects, teaches, gives, encourages, strengthens, loves.
When this happens to you…and it will…you will be completely and utterly elated, humbled and astounded by what is available to you in Christ. Ask. Receive. Seek. Find. Knock. Open. It’s yours, for you. This is why you were created – to come to God and know his love.
We are all addicted to something…something that makes us feel better to some extent. We use what works, and it works because it triggers chemicals in your brain to be released upon usage. All addictions (shopping, gambling, religion, drinking, drugs, music, chocolate, gardening, exercise, learning, climbing, surfing, scrap-booking…) create receptors that demand to be satiated at increasing frequencies.
When Paul told the Ephesians to be filled with the Holy Spirit instead of booze, he was spot on. In satisfying a fleshly appetite, it only serves to create a larger one. Paul knew this. He wasn’t always Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ. He was Saul. Saul who had tried to fill the void in his life by doing everything imaginable, including murdering followers of Christ. He was desperate to do it his way and ignore the Spirit of God.
While Indulging in activities that please our five senses, we dull our spirit to that which is real…the only thing that truly matters. The Enemy tricks us into thinking that next big hit will make us really happy and that it will last. We believe him, and time and again we find ourselves empty, hurt, and alone – even when surrounded by everything we thought we wanted.
So what do we do? What did the Samaritan woman at the well do? She tried sex. Lots of it. She was miserable. Until she met HIM. The One who could give her real satisfaction…water that would quench her internal thirst for love and peace. Everlasting fulfillment.
The beauty of being filled with the Spirit is that it is the ONLY substance in the universe that really brings satisfaction – that sense that everything is going to be OK. The Holy Spirit breathes life into you that you had forgotten or didn’t even know was possible. He fills you with power, love, wisdom, gifts, and overflowing joy.
So…take it from a girl who has tried it all and found Jesus Christ to be the ONLY answer to life, and invite the Holy Spirit of God to come into your world. I promise you that you will find in Christ everything for which you have been searching.