James 4:2 “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.”
Pray about it ~ those are not just some cliche words to be thrown out, those are serious words! Are there things in your life that you need help in or maybe something you need or desire and you fuss and complain but you have never spent time with God about them?
Let’s begin with your spouse if you have one; is he perfect and wonderful always doing what is right? No? I didn’t think so….. but what do you do? Do you complain about Him to your friends and family and hope it will change some day if you “punish” him enough or do you choose carefully a godly friend who will speak truth about your situation and then do you most importantly, take Him to God? Unfortunately there is a tendency these days to complain more than there is to pray. What about your job? Do you pray that God will give you the job He desires for you to have to better serve Him but if that isn’t where you are right now are you praying He will give you the right attitude so He can use you where you are? Are you praying that your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews will come to know Christ at an early age? What is it that you need to spend more time praying about?
God so desperately cares about every detail of your life and He wants to hear from you. He wants you to take the time to have some quiet time so you can hear from Him as well.
Don’t take prayer for granted, it is a powerful privilege we have been given by the God of ALL to be able to go to Him. I think the reason so many people get irritated when they are told to “pray about it” is because it has been so flippantly tossed around for years and they haven’t been taught to take the term seriously. Too often it is seen as a way out of hearing the problems others are facing instead of being seen as something powerful in our lives.
My eight year old granddaughter told me the other day that while she was outside sitting alone on the trampoline she asked Jesus to take away her sins and live in her heart. I asked her a few questions and then asked why she chose that moment and her answer was, “sometimes I just like to be alone and pray.” I totally get that! Take the time today to find a place to spend some time alone with God, pour your heart out to Him for you, your loved ones, your pastor and whatever else God lays on your heart. (side note: if you have been praying for God to slap a knot on your husbands head you may want to stop it because think about it……. if God disciplines him, it is going to affect you as well~ Helloooo! Pray for God’s grace, wisdom and love instead to flow out of your husband and for him to be the godly man God has called him to be)
I am posting the prayer requests today as well and I would ask that you please send any requests you may have and if you have an answer to any of the prayers that are being posted today that you will share them with us as well!
Quote: “Beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict is often the strongest and best.” R. Turnbull