I keep a prayer list. Have been doing this for over 8 years, and it is always good to ‘review’ it every now and then.
Even though things have been a little crazy and there’s an Everest of things I need to get up to speed on again, today I felt it necessary to sit down with the prayer list and just listen. Listen for what, I wasn’t sure.
God grows our hearts for the things on His heart, as we seek Him. I saw that in my ‘listening time’ today. The things I bring before Him today, are not the same things I brought to Him even a year ago. He has taught me to desire better things – for myself, and for the people He has put in my life.
God answers prayer. Am so thankful. A friend who now knows the Lord. Another friend, more anchored in Christ than ever. A third friend, with whom I’ve waited for God’s new season for her life. Deliverance and provision, for a few others. And my own prayer about steps – His answer is still unfolding. He has given/is giving us far better than we asked or can imagine. However it may sometimes feel.
A reminder today of a pivotal newsletter:
Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do—He reveals to you who He is. Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you “go out” in complete surrender to Him until you are not surprised one iota by anything He does? Believe God is always the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him. Then think how unnecessary and disrespectful worry is! Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to “go out” in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it that is very satisfying to Jesus. You must learn to “go out” through your convictions, creeds, or experiences until you come to the point in your faith where there is nothing between yourself and God.
– Oswald Chambers
“Trust does not develop overnight, of course. There’s no such thing as instant trust. Trust develops the more we spend time with the person and put a relationship to the test in many circumstances and under many conditions. This is especially true for flyers and catchers. A flyer and a catcher spend a great deal of time together outside the circus tent. They get to know each other so well that they can almost complete each other’s sentences and read each other’s mind. They are sensitive to every nuance of timing and to every reaction and instinct of the other person. Only then can they safely perform their act.
Our trust in God develops in a like manner. We must spend time with the Lord, listening to what the Lord speaks to our heart. We must become so sensitive to God’s desires that we instinctively move toward them. We must feel what God feels, see the world as God sees the world, and reach out to touch the world as Jesus touched the world. We truly are called not only to ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” but to know the ANSWER to that question and then DO what Jesus would do. Our trust in the Lord is put to the test daily.”
– Tony Scott (reflecting on Henri Nouwen’s Sabbatical Journey)