Friday, August 16, 2013

Beyond the Wish List

Have you ever not asked someone a question because you knew nothing would change anyway? My kids do this with me all the time.
“What, honey?”
“Never mind. I already know what you’re going to say.”
I have to confess that sometimes I use this as an excuse not to pray; I tend to have a fatalistic attitude about it. My reasoning is that since God already knows the outcome to everything, praying about something probably won’t change the course of events.
On the other hand, praying is more than just reciting a wish list. Praying is an open door to communication with the One who holds me in the palm of His Hand. It is an opportunity to share my gratitude with the Provider of all I have, a chance to worship Him for being worthy.  I find that when I do pray, even when the outcome isn’t what I was hoping for, I feel different about things.
Prayer brings depth and life to my relationship with Christ; it transforms head knowledge to heart knowledge. Being still and knowing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He alone is God provides peace and contentment in an otherwise chaotic life.  
This summer, I have challenged myself to spend more time in the presence of the Lord in silence, just worshiping, without so much chatter. I tend to ramble on in my prayers, leaving the conversation before He has had a chance to reply. I’ve been learning to sit quietly; I’m learning to be still.   
Challenge yourself to spend time in prayer without a list. Focus on the sovereignty of God and allow yourself to be second to His desires.
Lord, please forgive our consumer mentality. Lord, help us to come to you just for the relationship, for the certainty that You alone are God. Let us rest in Your presence, soaking in the love You have for us. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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