I sit and pray. I can hear myself requesting one prayer after another. “Dear Lord, can I just have this?…..Can I just have that? What about this?” And then, when these prayers don’t come to fruition fast enough, I lose faith in Jesus. I am really good at “Playing God” but not so good at listening to Him.
My family and friends know that I like to talk. But sometimes I need to stop talking so much during prayer, and do some listening, instead.
A relationship is a two way street. I know if I did all the talking with my husband Chris, it would drive him crazy. He has things that he wants to share, too.
Well doesn’t Jesus want to talk to us as well during prayer? Doesn’t He also have something to say?
As human beings, we often take things in our own hands. I know I do. And this leads me to overanalyzing. Overthinking. And ultimately making a huge mess of things.
We all do. We get in the wrong relationships, take the wrong jobs, and simply get off track. Sometimes it is not easy to follow God’s will. When this happens, He is always willing to take our hand and lead us down the right road again.
Easy decisions such as should I watch the MSU game on tv? Or do chores and grade papers? consume my mind. Larger decisions do as well. During these time I try to take a step back, or two, or three.
The most important question we can ask is, what does Jesus want for us? This shifts my perspective from me, me, me to Jesus. It also keeps me on the right track for my life.
I would much rather follow His will rather than my own will. Father knows best, right?
When I look back on my life I see and appreciate that Jesus does know what he is doing, after all. In hindsight, I can see this quite clearly. But in the moment, it is so easy to forget.
So I tell myself to let go and let God, out of my own head, and move out His way!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinithians 2:9