Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Prayer... when is it important

The other day hubby and I were talking, and he mentioned how he hasn't been sleeping well lately, so I asked him if he'd prayed about it.   His response was that it wasn't a matter of prayer as nothing was bugging him, it was just a pattern he's gotten into lately of not sleeping through the night.

I have to admit to feeling bothered by that.

God has been ramming down my throat lately about the need to trust him more implicitly with EVERYTHING in my life.  He reminds that I often fail to pray about homeschooling, about the rabbits, about my tiredness, about my lack of exercise or willpower with food, my fear of appearing foolish to my friends or neighbours about my growing concern to love them better and to show them God more clearly in my actions and words. 

So when it comes to something as fundamental as our ability to sleep (which affects our relations with family, our ability to work well and clearly) it's like why isn't that a matter to bring before God?

Just because you can't track down why you are in an unhealthy pattern of sleep, doesn't mean that God doesn't want us to talk to him about it.

Even as I write these words I can feel myself convicted of all the times I have taken that same approach, God won't care if I don't talk to him about that.  If I just continue to go my own way and lean on my own understanding of a situation.  But that's not what God wants of me.

he wants me to trust in him, to lean on him, to not just see my own wisdom.

Proverbs 3 tells us
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
     fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
    and refreshment to your bones.

The more I see God, the less I fret.

What in your life causes you to fret?   
How can you learn to lean more on God and less on yourself?
Talk to God more, trust yourself less.

4 comments:

Deano said...

One thing I have been convicted of lately is our attitude towards prayer. Yes God knows what we are going to ask him even before we do. But our act of prayer signifies our 'dependence' on God. He knows our problems but in bringing them to him in prayer is our communication that we rely on Him to work in our lives and those issues.

But even more than that - we acre to be totally dependent on God. In everything. So I've been challenged to bring everything to him in prayer. Even the things I usually think I can handle on my own. Just because I need to be dependent on God.

So even if you there's something coming up (a meeting, an exam, a job) that you are confident in your own ability I think we still need to ask for God's help, because to not do so is prideful in ourselves and taking control of our lives once again.

Romi said...

Hi. I have come here through Christian Carnival, and I enjoyed reading this article.

"Pray continually."

It's a marvelous privilege to be allowed to talk to our Creator.

Annette said...

very true folks. very true.

Ellen Smith said...

Prayer is essential way to get something good, i also do prayer and
prayer will accept at the right time. :)
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