Yesterday I heard a lady tell a story about her four year old daughter. This child loved to pray to and about everything. She prayed to and about her dolls, family members and her small dog. One day the mother wasn’t feeling well and her little girl was there playing so she asked her to pray for her. The little girl agreed and soon, the lady was feeling much better and asked her daughter what did she pray. She just smiled and said, “I didn’t talk, Mama, I just listened!” What wisdom! So often, we want to do all the talking while true prayer is listening.
Proverbs 16:3 reads “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” This can only be done by listening. An old translation of the word “obey” is to “hear completely”.
As I sit at my desk this morning, reading the Bible and praying , it occurs to me that I have every reason in the world to be joyful! So often, the carnal mind tries to come in and tell me I need to be concerned and worried, but I soon detect this message is not from God. Psalms 84:31 reads “The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in His works.” That verse tells me that if God is rejoicing in His work, then so should I.
The times I feel burdened is the exact time I think I can do something without God and I humbly turn to Him, laying all my burdens on the altar. As I become more grateful for this understanding, I soon see God everywhere and know He has never lost control; no matter what the carnal mind is screaming at us. Today is the Lord’s Day and I will praise Him.
This morning as I pray about the world, I am reminded of the carnal mind in Romans 8:7 which reads “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Isn’t this the same mind that attempts to come in to tell us we are not smart enough, good enough, well enough, etc. ? Just as we should be aware of fake news, we should be aware of this type of thinking; refute it, remove it and replace it with the Truth about us. We are made in the image and likeness of God; perfect, whole, pure, spotless, innocent, etc. God being the only Creator, looked at all He ever made and said it was very Good.
Philippians 4:4-6 states “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
As I mentally made my list of all that needed to be done, I became overwhelmed. The next step for me always is to check my motives and ask myself “Is this for the glory of God?” or “Am I glorifying me?” The answer always comes speedily when I realize that there is nothing for me to fix! Humbly turning to God and accepting His guidance, the load quickly lightens, freeing me up to do anything that needs to be done. Isaiah 41:13 states “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Today, I will listen for direction and remove my ego and human will. “Speak Lord, for thy daughter listens.”
While studying and praying this morning and feeling gratitude and love, had a brief conversation with someone and it didn’t fit my picture. Irritation came sneaking in when I was reminded of my recent prayer to see God in everything! Remembering that the carnal mind as mentioned in the Bible is very subtle and always out to steal our joy, I immediately smiled to myself and said “gotcha” knowing that was what it was. Vanity or emptiness certainly doesn’t come from God.
Psalm 105:4 states ” Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” So thrilled that I caught it so soon thinking back over times when it may have taken me days to be that aware. Once again, I will practice seeing God in everything!
As I ponder this title, once again I am reminded that now is all there is! My husband just walked in to tell me that he just read “We are thought to be witnesses, not prosecuting attorneys.” I really like that for I am tempted to not only judge another, but myself as well. Comparisons follow that line of thinking and lead either to feelings of pride or inferiority and sometimes, both. Right at that time, I choose to correct that thinking and replace it with Love for myself and then, I can Love others as well.
Proverbs 3: 11-12 states “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.” By releasing all human outlining, I can see only spiritual growth going on and that is seeing through God’s eyes. Today, I choose to be alert and catch early on, any erroneous thinking and stay in the Now!
This morning as I was awakened by a telephone call where someone needed prayerful support, I was instantly reminded of my prayer yesterday. My prayer is always to do good daily and be always willing to turn to God immediately. While I was thinking along these lines, I was led to Matthew 20:30 which reads “Behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.'” This took place while Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He was met with betrayal, condemnation and crucifixion, but He stops to heal them.
After reading this, I became so aware that rather than turn people away, He gladly and lovingly received them, no matter what was going on. Shouldn’t I do the same?