Prayer As Our First Response—Not Our Last Resort

Prayer ought to be our immediate inclination, not a last resort, in ALL circumstances. I continually find myself needing this reminder, for I tend to reserve God’s guidance for major predicaments, while foolishly attempting to navigate the minutiae of daily life independently from Him.

It’s a futile endeavor to shoulder ANY of my burdens alone. 

Consider a typical workday in just about any job, where we encounter unkind, enraged, or wounded individuals. In my law practice, I often see people in their most distressing states. Thus, I must consistently remind myself to seek God’s direction for each interaction. After all, do I truly believe my ideas surpass His? Can I serve my clients more effectively WITHOUT His wisdom? Do I harbor GREATER insight into helping an angry soul on the warpath or a broken heart desperate for healing?

I am more and more acutely aware that I do not possess such capabilities.

As weighty and sad situations surround me, if I keep my communication with God wide open, I experience HIS wisdom, grace, and love flowing from me. This experience is extraordinary!!! At the end of a long day, rather than being stressed out, overwhelmed, angry, or sad—I have peace. Sure, God gives us all a measure of intelligence to solve some of life’s problems on our own, but only HE knows what is in the heart of another person and—what they need to hear.  In fact, He even knows what WE need to hear. It always shocks me when, under the guidance of God’s Spirit, I hear myself saying something to a client which also happens to be something I needed to be reminded of! I KNOW it is GOD speaking and not me.

No issue is too elementary to bring before Him in prayer. Even the model prayer given to us by Jesus includes the simple plea, “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11) One might wonder: If God already knows our necessities, why do we need to entreat Him? My friend, our prayers are not a means of apprising God of our needs; rather they are a manifestation of our HUMILITY in seeking His aid.

We pray—not because God doesn’t already know our needs; rather, we pray—to keep our heart humble enough to ask.

Remember, it is our pride and independence that distance us from God! 

“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.‬‬”

James‬ ‭4‬:‭6

This lesson is a HUGE eye-opener for me! It is my pride and independence which hinder me from asking God for my most basic needs. If I am NOT asking God, I should NOT wonder why I am anxious. When we desire to live for God’s glory, we KNOW we can ask Him anything. When we humble our heart, He reorders our life and our loves. In this place of complete surrender, He meets ALL of our needs. 

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” ‭‭

John‬ ‭14‬:‭13‬-‭14 NKJV

God is trustworthy enough to guide us in ALL matters—great and small!

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  1. I believe that my husband is upset with God Because his son died in an accident when he was 17 years old. That was many years ago. My husband Says That 1 day when he faces God he will ask him why he let him die. I don’t Tell him much regarding this because I don’t want to upset him. He desperately needs help so he can move on.

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