My home church began a project at the start of this year. B L E S S, each letter a prompt for some intentional living. I was in the service but I was not paying enough attention. I drifted after B which is BEGIN THE DAY WITH PRAYER. No matter what else we should do, that’s got to be a great way to start the day.
So I purposed to do just that, each and every day. And because I need a little structure (note: not ‘little structure’), I chose to make a mental list of 5 things I would mention to the Creator of the Universe. I also decided that, this time, I would present my list without my suggestions as to how He could meet those needs and requests.
Among the life lessons I’ve been filing: God has a much bigger imagination than I have. I think I know how things are going and how things should go and how things will go, as what makes sense to me. And time after time, He blows me away with something completely different. And so much better. In fact, pretty close to perfect. Yeah...well...perfect.
So my daily discipline is to roll over, one stretch, and then my BEGIN. First and foremost, it connects me with my Father. We know that He delights in our prayers so I’m all about delighting Him. And from my church background, I know I can be as casual and conversational as I choose. “Hi, God. Good morning and here’s what I want to bring before you….”
For all of you who are champions of faith, for all of you who have already discovered this, please enjoy and be refreshed that God’s lessons can be learned at a later date, far down the road of life.
I’ve seen answers. I’ve seen miracles. I’ve had my metaphoric socks blown off my metaphorically sock-clad tootsies. A recap:
Three of God’s children who were looking for a job: JOBS
Two of God’s children who needed a house and who had hit the wall multiple times with offers lost: HOUSES
Several of God’s children who were stressing over a test in a difficult course: tests NAILED! (When they asked for prayer, understanding that I’m a teacher and all, they promised that they were doing their part)
Several of God’s children, facing hard life choices, sought clarity. God supplied.
Several of God’s children, walking the path to the cemetery, asked for comfort. I don’t even need a report on this one: God supplies.
Plus, there are some long-term requests that He's taking His time to address. In His time.
I can testify: this is a great way to build up your faith and to remind you that God IS the one who sees the big picture.
No coincidence: God led me to Psalm 37 yesterday. As Mike was winding down, the one thing he really wanted was to finish his semester at IVY Tech. He lived to meet that goal.
PSALM 37: 3-5
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
Thank you, Father for this. And for all answers to prayer. Including those whose answer is WAIT or NO, TRUST ME.
I've grown a little protective of my FIVE. It seems that each time one request gets scratched off the list, another surfaces. If not, I can always insert my own needs but I prefer praying for others.
BTW: somebody got a job....there's a vacancy on The FIVE.