Belief & Prayer

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Yesterday, I read Sarah Sandel’s beautiful three-part series on prayer.

And I just sunk into her words.

Because yesterday was a day I fought discouragement and discontent, a day I felt tender and more than a little uncertain about the plan God is weaving in my life.

He has been faithful to teach me how to handle those days, though, how to press into Him, pour out my heart, and refocus.

And yesterday, He brought such refreshment through Sarah’s words, reminding me of the beautiful power of sharing our stories and experiences. Because while we can’t (and shouldn’t) compare the plans He’s writing for each of our lives, we can relate and understand and share.

In one of her posts, Sarah encouraged me with these questions about prayer:

When I pray, am I…

  • believing that God can move on my behalf? (Matt 21:22, Jas 5:15)
  • praying for things consistent with the will of God? (1 John 5:14)
  • asking with a pure heart? (James 4:3, Jas 5:16, Ps 66:18, Jn 15:7, Matthew 6:14-15) 
  • being persistent in petitioning Him? (Luke 11:5-8, Col 4:2, Romans 12:12)

After reading those, the first one in particular stayed with me. All day, I kept thinking: God can move in MIGHTY ways. Which got me thinking … am I TRULY believing that? Am I surrendering all those questions I wrestle with, all the unanswered prayers, hopes, and dreams I sometimes hold too tightly to? Am I surrendering them, BELIEVING that God can and WILL move on my behalf?

Sometimes, I think we’re too afraid to fully surrender, because we want to control those things we hold closest to our hearts. We think we know best, and we worry that if we give up control, He will do something with them that we don’t want or like. So, we clutch onto them, feeling stuck and frustrated and wondering why God isn’t moving.

But you know what? He probably WILL do something unexpected, but it will be the kind of unexpected that opens up new doors, the kind of unexpected that changes us and grows us and takes us to a deeper place in our faith.

This morning, I read one of my favorite promises He gives us:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,
 and He will make your paths straight.

I also like The Message translation:

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
 don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; 
He’s the one who will keep you on track.

We can trust Him with our deepest dreams, friends.

Because He is a God who moves mightily on our behalf.

 

::For the month of October, I’m participating in The Nester’s #31Days blog writing challenge. My topic? Big BELIEF. For the next 31 days, I’ll be writing about three main things: 1. BELIEVING in His good plan for my life, 2. BELIEVING in the dreams He’s placed on my heart, and 3.BELIEVING in who He is and what He promises. So, what do you say? Will you join me? Will you open your heart to Him and allow Him to grow your belief over these next 31 days? You can read all my #31Days posts,here.::

 
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