Be Enough For Me! (Not A ‘Picture’ Prayer)

Friday, March 29, 2018 – 01:31

Father God, our Creator, above and beyond what we are; what we could ever be on our own. You promise that we will join You. Someday. One Glorious Day.

Well, Thank You for this day. Thank You for again waking me to divine potential, for a chance to follow You closely, making the next right choice, and the next right choice, and the next, and the next. (Really, that’s all it takes.)

Father, You, having been like us as a son – The Son – know how hard – how impossibly hard – it is for us to simply stay on the right path. These temptations constantly overwhelm and drag us down.

Maybe it’s the instant gratification we long for; we never want to wait patiently for Your perfect timing. We yearn to feel it now, see it now, taste it now, know it all now, have it all now.

We are so easily fooled that earthly pleasures – “in ways, or at times, or to degrees You never intended” – are that “it.” (Thank you, C. S. Lewis.)

Isn’t “it” what You Are? Aren’t You what we need to be filled? But instead, don’t we want to be You? Independent and in control? Calling the shots? Same as Adam and Eve; we haven’t changed much.

Oh, we surely do have the knowledge of good and evil. We are fully aware of which choice is the one we should make. (How I hate that word, “should!” And I’d be free of it if I could, would just by default make right choice after right choice.)

I’m thankful because You Are Christ and can therefore sincerely care for/about us. You know how hard it is for us.

Psalm 34 GW
:14 Turn away from evil, and do good.
Seek peace, and pursue it!

:19 The righteous person has many troubles,
but the Lord rescues him from all of them.

We call You “Our Father.” Like an earthly father, You’ve been there; You’ve done it all Yourself. And since You know the troubles we face, You Are willing to “rescue us from all of them.”

We will have storms in this life, in this broken world. We have to be constantly alert; You warn us. You teach us.

But being on alert all the time does not come naturally to us, and too often we want a break, a day off. We want to take it easy and just drift along with the current. As if we are still children in our father’s house.

Maybe that’s what this is all about. We have to learn and choose to put away the childish things; to be grown and mature, and to know with all our heart, soul, mind, and flesh, that we are better off taking that next right choice – no matter how tempting or shiny anything else looks.

Father, will I ever be able to do that consistently? Will I be ready to stay in Your house by choice and to put away my desire to be the boss of me? To accept that being Your grown-up child still living (as if) in Your home is the best (and easiest) way to thrive in this world?

I pray for this! God, be enough for me!

Daily Prompt: Three in One! Solitary Recite Trance

Daily Prompt: Three in One! Solitary Recite Trance

Daily Prompt: Solitary Recite Trance

How often do you get to take three consecutive daily prompts and respond with a single post?

Well, for me, Solitary, Recite, and Trance fit perfectly together, describing, of course, Prayer.

praying handsBut whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees from the hidden place will reward you.
Matthew 6:6 ISV

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16 ESV

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3 ESV

A great story which puts all these elements together is the movie War Room.

War Room

War Room
 (Purchase from Amazon from $3.99)

Three Parts to the Power of Prayer

Three Parts to the Power of Prayer

praying handsIn Celebrate Recovery, we say that we believe in the power of prayer. Prayer works; we’ve seen it. This doesn’t mean prayer is chanted like some sort of magic spell but the Bible does tell us that we have some influence over the results.

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
– Jesus, Matthew 21:22

We also say, “Don’t quit before your miracle happens,” and, “Whatever you ask, ask in Jesus’ name,” (which is actually a verse straight from scripture). I got to thinking about these declarations this morning, and I believe there are three corresponding things we must “do” to make prayers effective. In other words, there are three parts to the power of prayer.

praying on knees#1. In Jesus’ Name

The phrase, “In Jesus’s name” packs a lot of meaning. To start, I think the better verse that describes asking in prayer is John 15:7:

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

“Pre-requisites” isn’t exactly the right word to use, because this part of the power of prayer is not about anything we physically do, but instead is completely about the belief we hold. There’s a lot that invoking His name signifies. It means we believe:

  • in God, the Creator, and that we have faith and trust in Him and the plans he does have for us
  • in everything He tells us, which we hear by studying His Word and developing a personal relationship with Him
  • that He does indeed have the power to make anything come to pass but that whatever does happen will be what’s best for us
  • we must commit, from the very start, every effort to and for Him

#2. Believe you will receive, but…

serenity prayer coinThis is the caveat to prayer, and it’s really all about accepting the results, whatever they may be, having faith that they will be what’s best. We won’t necessarily get exactly what we want, but what we do receive will be beneficial in the long run, all part of God’s plan and purpose. Maybe this is the biggest difference between prayer and magic, which would provide exactly what we want. This is also where we can feel let down – because what happens might not be what we think we want – until hindsight reveals otherwise.

Believe you will receive – not it (the thing you pray for) but what is best. Seems kind of contradictory, doesn’t it?

#3. Do your best, consistently, and don’t give up

persistenceThis is where we really have some input. I’m reminded of the saying, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Magic, if it existed, wouldn’t require any effort on our part. This is not how prayer works. Instead, whatever we do, we do it for the Lord and His glory, not for our own. We commit this work to God from the very beginning. effortWe ask His blessing on our work. And we persevere; we persist until/unless He tells us to stop. Our personal relationship and ongoing time in meditation and study will reveal this. Basically, if the vision remains, continue to work toward it.

Finally, I feel it’s necessary to mention one more thing: about the reasonableness of our requests in prayer. What is “realistic?” Here is where we can limit ourselves, thinking that a particular outcome is impossible. My only advice is to listen to the testimonies of believers. I wholeheartedly believe in miracles. Prayer works, if you believe in it and let God work. Make your plea, do your best, and leave the results to God, accepting whatever comes to pass as meant to be.