I did it again. I don’t know what I was thinking. For months I’ve been praying for my church to grow and for my faith to grow. I’m telling you, when you pray for growth, patience, or humility you’re asking for it.
I’ve been praying God would do radical surgery on my heart and my hubby’s heart and the hearts of all the people in our church family – that we would develop driving, burning, enduring concern and love for people who are lost and without Jesus. I’ve prayed that He would direct us and show us answers. What should we do?
We want to do what pleases you, God. We want to be more like You…but how do we do that?
Well God’s shaking up our world. I know He’s been answering my prayers even before evidence started bubbling above the surface this past weekend. At one point on Sunday it washed completely over me: God is going to do something life-changing, something BIG, something we didn’t expect, something that will challenge us beyond what we’ve experienced before. Along with that wave of “revelation” came a huge sense of dread. My stomach felt as if it was being wrung out like a wet washcloth.
Do we have it in us to do what you’re asking, God? I looked across the sanctuary to where my husband sat. The whole “spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” truth was about to knock me over.
As we’ve been praying the last few days, talking things out, wondering…I’ve been thinking of what to do when you don’t know what to do.
The first thing I thought of and, I think, the very first thing to do is to seek God and pray. He’s a compassionate King who’s extended an open invitation to us to come before him ANY time for ANY reason. In love, He opened that doorway, even when we were sinful. Just like Psalm 103:10 says, He doesn’t treat us as we deserve. His love knows no end. He is patient and slow to anger. He embodies wisdom and promised to give it to us if we just ask. (James 1:5) A friend of mine posted this verse on facebook a few days ago and reading it was like a breath of fresh air: “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)
In seeking God and laying our questions, fears, hopes, and needs before Him in thankfulness for all the good He’s given us we are covered in his peace. In seeking God we’re saying, “We don’t know what to do but we trust that You do.” In seeking God He will speak to us sooner or later and reveal the things we need to know.
If you are in a place on your path where you don’t know what to do, seek God and talk to Him. Listen to Him. He promised if we seek Him with all our hearts we WILL find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13)
He wants you to find Him. He loves. He hears. He answers.