There is just something in me that has to do something when a problem arises. I don’t care how much I’m making a mess of things, I’m driven to either fix it or find a solution. Are you the same way? Maybe it’s a woman thingy.
I’ve learned over the years that God can do in a small amount of time what may take me years to accomplish if I’ll just surrender it in prayer.
It’s true. Prayer is the key that moves the hand of God in our lives. (I need to repeat that several times a day!) It’s not me begging God, or demanding of Him with my hands on my hips. Striking a deal with God isn’t what moves Him to work in my life either. It’s quiet trust after making my request known to Him.
Prayer not only moves the hand of God, but it replaces my anxious worry with peace and contentment as I wait on God to do what only He can do. I’ve experienced this throughout my life and ministry.
When I lost my husband in a tragic accident, prayer became a source of strength and stability for my life. When there was no one else to talk to, cry on, or lean on at 2:00am in the morning, God was always there. Each time I cried out to Him, God would meet me in my pain and replace it with the peace that comes from abiding in His promised presence.
Then, my children came along. Whoa! Talk about increasing your prayer life! I’ve had to trust God to work in their lives, because believe me, they don’t always listen to mama—especially during times of rebellion! It’s during those times that I want to “talk God” to them most. It doesn’t always go over well. When kids are in this state, my Granny use to say, “Don’t talk to your kids about God. Talk to God about your kids.” She was a wise woman.
I’m amazed at how God orchestrates my children’s lives when I pray, get out of the way, and trust Him. Besides, God loves them too. Because of His love, I KNOW that God always has their best interest at heart—even when I attempt to “fix” them myself instead of relying on God.
I’ve also seen this truth in my ministry. However, because I have an appointment to keep this morning, I’ll have to finish my thoughts tomorrow. So as they say…stay tuned! And in the meantime, trust God today. Let Him carry the thing you’ve been carrying. His shoulders are much stronger and able than yours and mine. Go ahead. Hand it off. You’ll be amazed at how light and carefree your steps can be.