1. Are you spending time with God? 2. Are your motives good? 3. Did He already answer and you didn’t like what he said?
As I have been praying for things this summer another one came to my attention.
Have my actions aligned with what I’ve been praying for? When I was praying for a baby I was doing everything to show God I was ready.
My pastor says we have to show God we are serious. I wanted a baby but the babies room was my closet. I was partying every weekend and eating terribly. That’s not going to work. I needed to get some things in order.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24 NIV
Do you want a new job and your applying a lot of places but no hits yet? Have you mentally checked out of your current position? Are you still doing your best or just going through the motions?
Your praying for a spouse but have you done your own work to be ready for them when God sends them your way?
You want to write a book but have you set time assign to make sure you get it done?
Don’t read this as manipulation because it’s not. Its putting yourself in the best position possible. It goes back to bloom where you’re planted
Gods timing is always best but we can show him we are ready. Faith without works are dead. We play an active role in our lives. The choices we make big or small make are all impactful.
I was reading Proverbs and came across this verse. It immediately made me think about this election season. I think no matter who you are planning on voting for tomorrow that we can all agree this election season has been a mess.
I try not to get too political on here because God shouldn’t be about politics. I am drawing a line in the sand here though. I am praying fervently that we receive a new president after all the votes are counted.
I hope my prayers and the prayers of many Americans are answered but if they are not and Donald Trump continues to be my president, we will be ok.
We will be ok because God continues to be in control.He knows who the president is and what he is capable of. I don’t put my confidence in any president, any elected official, any job, any Human.My confidence is in God. He is the only one who keeps 100% of his promises, 100% of the time..
Those who put their hope in the Lord won’t be disappointed. Isaiah 49:23.
It is better to take refugee in the Lord than to trust in man. Psalm 118:8 ESV
I’m not saying I am going to be happy if Donald Trump gets elected, IM NOT. I know the the consequences are real and even if my day to day is not impacted by his decisions, others will be and that is enough for me to be concerned. However, I know God’s plan for those who believe is ultimately good. I have to lean on that and not my own understanding or my feelings.
These are all good concepts to think about, to put into practice week by week. God wants all of us, any way he can get us and putting pressure on ourselves is only hurting us. God is not condemning you, he wants you to be free and seek to have relationship with him.