This weekend, I have been led to start praying that the Lord give us what we need. Sometimes we don’t know why we need what we receive, but I know Who does.
This morning started with Steve going out to hunt elk. He saw them again on our property last night. He didn’t get any thing as they were too far away this morning. Okay, we don’t need an elk/meat today.
Then we all had pressed our clothes last night ready to go to church. We haven’t been able to go in weeks due to our mountain road. Finally, the road has cleared enough that we could go. We ate breakfast, did our animal chores, grabbed our snow boots and put on our coats. The two oldest boys went out with Steve to start the van. It didn’t start. They put on a charger and it still did not start. It is dead! No church. We all took our coats back off and changed into our play clothes. Okay, we did not need to go to church today either. For some of you that made sound really bad, but we have learned that God can be found, spoken to, prayed to anywhere and anytime. We do not have to be in a church building to worship Him. He is always there. Yes, we miss the fellowship today, but He is still there.
Why are we staying here on this mountain? Will we suddenly get a phone call with good news? Was there something bad that would happen if we had left today? Only the Lord knows.
So, after reading my Bible and journaling, I picked up John Piper’s “Desiring God” book and started reading more. I happened to read the prayer and money chapters. He had a section titled, “Prayer as the pursuit of God’s Glory”. He starts out reminding one of John 14:13. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
He is the vine and we are the branches. He says God intends for us to do something good-mainly, bear fruit. He asks how do we then glorify God. By praying! “We ask God to do for us through Christ what we can’t do for ourselves-bear fruit”says Piper. This is the turning away of ourselves to God believing that He will provide what we need. “Praying humbles us as needy and exalts God as wealthy, “Piper writes. It’s interesting that “need” and “needy” were in this section of the book when I had just felt led to start praying about “need” lately. He truly is amazing!
The next section is titled, If you Knew Him, You Would Ask! This section is filled with encouraging words as well.
We continue trusting Him to provide for our needs and asking Him for wisdom in all we do. We give Him all the glory in our lives! It is Him, not us.
This is our walk of prayer.