It's Okay to Ask
It is more than okay to ask God to fulfill our needs and to ease our worries. In fact, he encourages it. I have often struggled with fear and worry and have found myself encapsulated in a state of worry over what might happen and letting my imagination steal my peace. One day, I was walking through a local store when a small wooden sign caught my eye. In that moment, I knew God was speaking directly to me. The sign very simply read “Pray MORE worry LESS- Matthew 6:34.”
"Oh, what a profoundly simple, but yet profoundly powerful reminder," I thought to myself.
Today this little sign sits in a place of prominence on my desk at home where I begin my daily routine and prayers. In fact, I have often found it to be God’s whisper to me when I forget to ask for his help and instead get caught up in the tides of worry and doubt.
Our prayers can come in many forms, but often they contain a petition, or a request for God to respond. While we are in a state of despair and desperation, we ask God to move his hand in our lives or in the lives of our loved ones. First and foremost, we have a God that is delighted to hear from us in all circumstances including the times when our heart is hurting the most. God wants us to bring all things to him, including those concerns that bear a heavy weight upon our hearts.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
God did not promise that we would not face darkness, sorrow and despair in this world, but he did promise to be with us and to provide us with the rest we need through him. Remember, when we seek him, we will find him. When we ask him to carry our burdens and worries, he will do so. When we ask him for peace and rest, he will bless us with the peace that passes all understanding if we open our hearts and surrender to his perfect (and loving) will. As we grow spiritually and develop a closer, personal relationship with God, we come to realize that God does not want to see his children hurting nor does he desire hardship for any of his children. Instead he desires to give us good gifts that will lift our burdens and we only need to ask.
"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" Matthew 7:9-11
LET US PRAY
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for being a loving Savior that wants good things for me. Please take my fears and worries into your hands and provide for all of my needs in accordance with your good and perfect will. A-men
A Conversation with God
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Luke 11:9
During a recent conversation with a friend, I asked her if she would be willing to pray for others and her response was “I need to learn how to pray better. I need more practice.” How often have you ever felt that way? If only you could get additional experience, training or practice then maybe you could pray as eloquently as you hear others praying out loud with what sounds like well-crafted poetic verses. We often compare ourselves to others and establish our own set of standards that are not God’s standards, but instead unrealistic, unnecessary, unproductive standards we set for ourselves.
Let’s be clear. God doesn’t ask for you to be eloquent, but instead simply asks for you to talk with him. Yes, simply have a conversation with him. First and foremost, praying is having a conversation with God. There can be various elements to prayer to including praise and petition (a request), but the most important foundation and place to begin is to simply recognize that when you pray you are having a conversation with God. How delighted he is when you seek him for this special time together!
My favorite time to pray is in the morning before I begin my day. In fact, I have come to call this time “my tea date with Jesus.” Over a cup of tea, I read God’s Word, ask Jesus the questions that are heavy on my heart and pray for the needs of others. This time is precious to me and although this time is not filled with eloquent poetic prose, it is filled with a quiet contentment that comes from knowing that God loves me (and you) so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to save us because he wants to spend an eternity with us. So go ahead, brew that tea or coffee and invite Jesus to the table for a conversation. He will be delighted to accept your invitation.