I talk a lot these days on how many of the prayer examples I find in the Bible do not stress “asking” or the time allotted to asking as much as I give it. I have been taught to ask and it definitely has a priority in my prayer life.
It was good for me to read how the prayer of justice is important to God and asking Him for help when the need is great is so important.
Do not mistreat any widow or orphan. If you do, I, the Lord, will answer them when they cry out to me for help, and I will become angry and kill you in war. Your wives will become widows, and your children will be fatherless. – Exodus 22:22-24 GNT
I think that I fail to come to terms with this fact – as someone who has become a follower of Jesus, as someone who has invited Jesus into their life and have put their trust in Him – I am a child of God and can ask such things from my Father.
Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s children. – John 1:12 GNT
What comes with that relationship is correction and I can accept that. Loved how Job handled this in His relationship with God.
Job, you challenged Almighty God;
will you give up now, or will you answer?
Now stand up straight
and answer my questions. – Job 40:1-2,7 GNT
Next steps for me? If humility matters in my relationship with God, and I believe it does, I have to exercise my mind and bring it to a place where I find myself being more obedient to God’s Word.
The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments; we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 GNT
If my thinking, praying and general thoughts about God are not leading me closer to Him, then there is a problem.
Father, You have offered to empower me and to walk with me today. I choose to submit humbly to You. Help me live a life that is worthy of the calling of being Your child, today, and every day. AMEN.