Have you been trying to solve a problem, but forgotten to include God?
Sometimes I find myself feeling a certain way and agreeing with something that is not in my spiritual DNA. As I was studying about prayer the words of this scripture were sharp: “ But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking”(Matthew 6:7, KJV). Ouch!
The word heathen means behaving in a way that is foreign or strange. When we pray for the sake of being heard or believe that God must listen to us because of our use of the English language, we are missing the importance of communicating with Him. God loves simplicity and prayers such as, “Lord, please guide me” are still powerful.
There have been times where I have wondered, “God are you here!” God does not leave us when we are going through difficult moments, but it can feel like it. When we are walking through dark times, we can interpret our answers the wrong way. In our desire to hear from God, sometimes we “do things” to get His attention. This might look like Googling any prayers to get results without seeking God. This also looks like picking up random materials on prayer in hopes of getting an immediate answer from God. I know because I have done it before! These actions are strange because as sons and daughters of God we should know God’s nature. He is interested in everything concerning us and He cares. Whenever we try to lean on our works and performance, we have excused God from the equation.
What should we be aware of so God is included in our decisions? When we seek God for answers, He wants us to come in faith. James 1:6-7 says, “ But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord” (NLT). This means that we must trust Him for the answers versus trusting our strategies. Think about His answers as math equations. There are different problems to solve: some simple and others complex. You can utilize the same principles to solve problems, but you must treat each problem as unique.
God is just like us: He loves conversations that are heartfelt and direct. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, He knows your voice because you are His child. Just come to Him and let Him know what you need. Then make sure to listen for His response. Remember God wants to share with you great things that you could never figure out on your own. Is there a problem you need to surrender to Him today?
Enjoy your coffee and expect God to provide solutions!
Ashley Sauls~ Minister, Author, Speaker, Encourager