Spending time with God, talking to Him, listening, and engaging with His word is something I treasure and enjoy every day. The fact that God spends time with me gives me incredible encouragement to keep spending time with Him.
For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him; therefore your servant has found it possible to pray before you. 1 Chronicles 17:25 NRSV
When I learned very early that God was not a vending machine where I inserted my time and effort and earned the right for a product to come sliding down into my hands, I knew that my life would never be the same. Love had entered the picture, and I accepted God’s love for first time, not in faith as in salvation, but in trust and hope that He was my Father.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. – James 4:3 NRSV
Sometimes I am in control and feel safe in His arms and other times I am caught up in my own world and forget to leave my matters in the palm of His hand. Sometimes I simply forget that He is watching me, caring over me and loving me. When I do mess up, He never leaves me. There are times I have felt His arms around me even though I have suffered some extreme loss.
But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. – Jonah 1:17 NRSV
People wonder why my hands are outstretched when I pray. It is a sign of surrender, for sure, but for me it is more about inviting God into my life to do what He does best – change me, make me whole, restore my life because I am Yours.
After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. – Luke 6:10 NRSV
Father, You see my hand stretched out to You. Sometimes I can say words, sometimes I can only breathe deep breaths and sometimes when You love me so much, I can only cry. I can pray because You have blessed me with promises and every one of them You have kept. I can pray because You have shown me that you are more than God, You have come to me as my Father. I can pray because in my weakest moments in life, Your arms are around me. I can pray because I love being with You. I love You and thank You that You are always You – each and every day. Amen.