“There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfill his purpose through your life.”
What motivates you to stop what you are doing and pray?
Just as a sprinter presses his feet against the starting block to use it as a springboard into his race, prayer is our starting block. It is our springboard into a passionate and abundant relationship with God. Constant communication with our Father illuminates the difference between right and wrong. It provides absolute answers. Without absolutes, we flounder.
If prayer is so great, why do we still fail to lift everything to God in prayer? My husband once said, “It’s not that we don’t trust God’s will for our lives, but we fear how much pain is in the path He chooses for us.” Pain is an avenue God occasionally uses to crack through our thick calloused exterior.
I’ve never doubted God’s ability to answer my prayers, but I have sometimes feared His answer would be no. Following that fear was the terrifying question: Would I love God if He said No?
Yet, God doesn’t owe me anything. Realizing that is a humbling revelation. I understand His ways are best but His way might be painful and frightening. However, trusting He will not allow more than I can handle is liberating.
When pain finds its way into my small corner of life, I hold tight to a visual picture of my tender Father filtering my day into manageable portions. When I feel overwhelmed, I imagine that although His merciful hands allow this trickle of pain, His powerful arms are holding back an ocean of grief.