Praying about the situation

by adustyframe ~ July 31st, 2008

I kept a journal for the years leading up to this incarceration–before I knew that was how God was going to move in our life.I wrote down things I read in the Bible that could apply to Lee. I quickly realized more of the verses applied to ME! (Imagine that!) Several applied to our child as well.

Looking back over these is amazing. God has taught me so much and I’ve barely scratched the surface of the journals, so I better keep blogging away.

One thing I learned was to ask God how to pray.

I can look at a situation and rattle off 25 things that I want to pray about.

Perhaps I’d look at my husband who wasn’t living for the Lord and pray for

*Him to be nice to me

*Him to be faithful to church

*Him to immediately change

*Him to do the work necessary for change

Maybe those aren’t bad requests, but maybe that’s not all God wants to do in the situation. I put this into practice one day when I was at the end of my rope.

I prayed, “Lord, how do YOU want me to pray about this?” I sat and waited and soon my mind was flooded with ways to pray that I hadn’t considered before.

I began to pray that

*He would do what’s right

*He would love God

*He would have the strength to obey God

*God to protect him

*That he would be willing to seek help

When I began to pray for these things, I began to feel a shift in my heart. I was praying for his deep spiritual needs rather than surface things. Yes he needed to be nice to me, he needed to change, but the root issues were a better thing to pray for.

Asking for God to show you how to pray is a very good way to change your own heart too. We sometimes think we know what needs to be done or what needs to change, but our all knowing Heavenly Father often has more important things on his agenda. Our spiritual needs and those of and our loved ones are higher priorities than comfort and physical needs.

Proverbs 3:5 & 6 have a direct application here. We need to acknowledge God in our prayer life and we should not lean on our own understanding about the situations we’re praying about.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Next time you feel that you don’t know what to pray, ask God for insight.

Lizzie

4 Thoughts Shared to Praying about the situation

  1. Janet

    I needed this, Lizzie. Thank you.

    You’re welcome! Thank the Lord right?

  2. Susanna

    Thank you for this. As I begin another day it has been a blessing and a challenge to me.

    I’m thankful that the Lord can use me to encourage and challenge others.

  3. Stephanie

    This is such a good reminder. Thanks for sharing it with us =) Have a wonderful weekend!

    You are welcome.

  4. carol

    This was excellent, Lizzie. Are you familiar with Nancy Leigh DeMoss at Revive Our Hearts?
    She has an excellent radio program that has been very helpful to me over the past few years. For the past few days, her programs have been about “Politically Incorrect Wives”.
    It goes along with this post. Check it out sometime.

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