Your friend has a need and asks you to pray for him. Do you really take the time to seek the Lord in prayer on his behalf, or do you quickly offer up an urgent flare-prayer and then go about your own personal business again?
You’ve expressed a serious need to others and someone replies, “My thoughts and prayers are with you.” What does that mean? Is that just another nice sounding phrase that’s supposed to make me feel better, or is she actually praying for me? Or not?
I’ve had to ask myself these very same kinds of questions recently. Do I really mean what I say? Am I truly living my life the way I believe I am?
Our church started a 21 day fast today. For me, that means going without any food and drinking nothing but water the entire time. I’ve been fasting that way for years, so it was a no-brainer.
But the Pastor caught my ear when he asked that we really pray about it and ask God what it is that He wants us to give up.
Hmmm. OK. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to ask.
“I want you to give up your will –
Your own lordship over your life.”
What?! But I have made you Lord over my life. A long time ago!
But as I stopped to think more about it, God began to show me one example after another of how I was still very actively in control of my own life. And it wasn’t very pretty!
I think sometimes we convince ourselves that we are doing the right thing, or that we are being obedient to all God has called us to, when in reality we are not.
Some of that may be because we make decisions in haste without much prayer or without actually counting the cost.
Maybe the concept made so much sense and seemed so easy that we convinced ourselves that we were in the center of God’s will, when we really never were.
Perhaps, we did hear from God and were indeed in the center of His will. At one time. But along the way we stepped aside and resumed doing our own thing again.
If God is bringing to your mind any area of your life that is currently off track, care to join me as I get back on the right path again?
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for lovingly revealing the deceptions of my own heart. Please forgive me and help me to make things right again. Amen.