Breaking the Chains of Worry: Tell God What You Need
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7
We are told over and over again in the Scripture to tell God what we need. I had faithfully followed this command by presenting my requests to God daily. But sadly, looking back, it was my habit that if I did not receive an answer within my time frame I would then "lose heart" and stop praying assuming that God was not going to answer my prayers.
But all that changed for me when I read the parable of the persistent widow found in Luke 18:1-8. Jesus told that parable to His disciples to ...
"… show that they should always pray and never give up." Luke 18:1 (NLT)
Since that time, my prayers to God are like the persistent widow's requests of the judge. My prayers -- filled with His Word and Promises -- continually and consistently pound the Gates of Heaven. I believe and trust Jesus' when He said ...
"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 (NLT)
I also trust that my persistence may be accompanied with a confidence that my prayers go directly to the throne of grace -- our High Priest -- Jesus.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16
And when my worries are so consuming that I don't even know how to pray, I can trust that the Holy Spirit will intercede for me.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. Romans 8:26-27 (NLT)
How awesome is it that you and I can know that we can take our worries and continually bring them to the throne room of God. We along with King David, can tell Him all our needs and all of our bases are covered!!!!
Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Psalm 86:1-3
On the journey with you,
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