DAILY DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY JUNE 22, 2011
(Matthew 10:30; Galatians 2:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 3:16; John
I want to share with you today a lesson I learned many years ago that
literally transformed my daily life. It became the difference between me
going through the day in my strength, feeling like there was a Baby Grand
Piano on my back, and going through the day in the Lord's strength,
effortlessly and free regardless of what the circumstances or problems that
day brought. We have no problem praying to God about the "big things" in our
life, but what about the "little things?"
It is critical to never forget that prayer is an act of dependence upon God.
We pray because we are dependent upon God for the answer. We pray because we
face things in our life that are totally out of our control and God is the
only answer. Let me make an important point here that will help you grasp
the lesson today about praying for even the little things in your life. It
is a false sense of security we have that we are in control of ANYTHING in
our life. That is a lie from the depths of hell itself. We may THINK we are
in control of certain things, when in reality we are not.
It is rebellion to live your life or even try to live your life apart from
God. When you confess Christ as your Savior you are surrendering your life
to Him. Completely. 100%. The Bible clearly says that it is no longer our
life, that it ALL belongs to Him. The problem is we never really get to that
place of 100% surrender. We might get to 50%, or maybe 75%, or even 95%, but
we never really give it ALL to Him. There are certain parts of our life we
hold on to, not willing to give Christ everything.
What we end up holding onto are those sins that have become deeply rooted in
our life as well as the parts of our life we think we are in control of. We
have talked often in the past about dealing with those "secret sins," those
deep-rooted bondages that we have learned how to live with. As we mature in
our faith, the Holy Spirit brings us under conviction and we slowly get
victory over and eliminate those bondages and strongholds, allowing the
Spirit to clean up those areas of our life that are not pleasing to the
Lord. However, we still hold onto the things in our life we think we have
some control over.
What I am talking about are those day-to-day issues that we face that may
not seem life-changing, and in the big scheme of things are pretty trivial.
Getting a parking place. A problem at the bank with your account. Your car
needs to be serviced. An issue on your job or at school. You find ants in
your house. They can't find two of your shirts at the dry cleaners. I am
talking about literally thousands and thousands of daily issues that arise
as you are simply living your life. These are the "little things" that we
never pray about and try to handle on our own.
Don't you know how much God cares about you and loves you? The Bible says
that He cares about you and loves you so much He even knows the number of
hairs on your head. If God cares enough to number the hairs on your head,
why would you think He doesn't care if your keys are lost or your sprinkler
system is not working? Let me assure you, HE DOES! I'm going to share
something with you that will literally transform your life and your
relationship with God. START PRAYING ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN YOUR
LIFE, EVEN THE LITTLE THINGS!
Years ago, I realized that I was living my daily life not really depending
on God but myself. I began to pray about everything, no matter how
insignificant it seemed. I would pray as I was looking for a parking spot.
That didn't mean a spot up front magically became available, but it did mean
I got the exact spot God wanted me to be in. I would pray when I would
decide what phone to buy. It didn't mean they gave me the phone for free,
but I ended up with the exact phone God wanted me to have. I would pray when
I took my car to be serviced. It didn't mean that there weren't things that
needed to be repaired, but God made sure what needed to be fixed was, and it
was in good working order.
The point I want you to grasp is that thinking we are in control of anything
is a myth. However, God IS in control of everything at all times. He has
given us the ability to communicate with Him at any time about anything. We
are fools when we don't take full advantage of that opportunity. Trust me,
there is nothing you can do better than God! Let me repeat that so you don't
miss it. There is NOTHING you can do better than God. You are only making
your life more difficult when you live any part of your life apart f rom
God. You are carrying unnecessary burdens when you don't take everything,
even the little things to the Lord in prayer.
I love you and care about you so much. God loves you and cares about you
even more. He loves you and cares about EVERYTHING in your life, even the
little things. Have you ever gone to your mom and dad with a problem and
they told you, "Don't bother me, I don't have time right now, figure it out
yourself." God will never do that. The Bible doesn't say, "Call upon the
Lord with the big problems in life but handle the little things yourself."
The Bible tells us to bring ALL of our petitions to the Lord. That means not
just the big things in our life, but the little things as well.
We are actually in rebellion to God when we are trying to deal with anything
in our lives apart from Him. John 15:5 tells us that without Him, we can do
NOTHING! It doesn't say we can do the little things, it says NOTHING. When
we pray about those little things we face each day in our life, we are not
only being obedient, we are not only acknowledging our dependence upon the
Lord, we are taking the pressure off our ourselves. We may get it right, we
may make the right decision, but we know GOD WILL 100% of the time. We are
being foolish not to call upon the name of the Lord and let His Spirit guide
us in everything we do in life.
I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will start to consciously
make an effort to pray throughout the day as you are faced with decisions,
with problems, with choices to make. Simply take a moment and ask God to
show you the way, help you through whatever the problem may be, guide you in
your decisions. After a while, it will become second nature, instinctive, to
pray about everything in your life throughout the day. You will be amazed at
how it will transform your daily life. Not only will you be living in the
freedom of His strength, but you will start to live with great confidence
because when God is guiding you and directing your steps, LIFE WORKS! Keep
praying about the big things in your life, but now, start even praying about
the little things.
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,