I had a really rough night last night .
I have been wrestling for two days with something “I” wanted to write about .
After my night in prayer , I was shown that I “will” be writing about what God wants written .
So : let’s talk about our prayer life .
Mine was nothing but turmoil last night as I continually told God what “I” was trying to “accomplish” and asking him to bless my meager efforts with pen and paper .
And that is how our prayer life often works : asking God to bless what “we” want to do . No thought of anything but our own interest or dreams .
After all ; we all know how to best glorify our Lord . Right ?
That’s a really good joke isn’t it ?
We can never make God’s word “whole” through our own wisdom .
And that is the lesson my Lord taught me last night ; turn it over to him and trust him and his wisdom and power
But here is also the problem for us mere mortals ; turning EVERYTHING over to God .
I bet everybody thought we would get through this with out me quoting C.S. Lewis !!
No such luck !
I am now reading the Screw Tape Letters and came across this little jewel that I must share : ” Thanks to processes ,that Satan set at work in man centuries ago ,they find all but impossible to believe in the unfamiliar while the familiar is before their eyes .” Paraphrased
And there is Satan’s opening : our inability to turn “all” over to our Lord and rest from our labors at that point .
Our nature says that God might not realize the true enormity of the problem we have brought to him .
Or He doesn’t understand the “urgency ” of our “request”.
Now we get to the two problems with our prayer life : #1 -Urgency ,#2 -Request .
Urgency ? Impossible to get my #2 Combo to the drive through window fast enough !
And how often do we treat Our God like the poor girl manning the window at the local McDonald’s ; “Did you have to kill the cow ? ‘, “Don’t you know I am already running late?”
And the “request “?–There is a real laugh !
“Request ?” —Let’s try “commands ” .
All I really need from you Lord is your blessings !
That is how prayer works if “I” am in charge : speedy , with the mustard and ketsup just so -so !
Let’s look at God’s way .
Let’s go all the way back to the beginning : Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden .
All that Beauty : Something so awesome that my feeble mind can barely comprehend the beauty that is before my eyes !
Visualize Adam and Eve walking With their God through the Garden in the cool of the morning !
Oh to have been on that walk !
Can you hear them call Him Abba ?
And that is how prayer should be : approaching God as our Father !
Knowing that above all else ,He loves us and will never harm us .
And now we get to my Daughter .
Laura may get tired of being my example ,but she is a beautiful example of prayer .
Laura was around 3 years old when she ran through the kitchen door screaming for her Daddy .
KILL EM DADDY ! KILL EM !.
And in each hand my Daughter was holding a Yellow Jacket .
They had stung my baby !
And she Had come running to her Daddy .
She had brought her problem to her father ,knowing that I could handle it .
One question for us now : How much more does Our Father care about the “yellow jackets ” in our life ?
There is the true prayer that our Father Wants from his Children .