Following God

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”

Psalm 27:14

I was silently questioned by the Holy Spirit at our bible study the other week to think about how I pray. Do I go to God with my ‘to do’ list? Or do I go into prayer, waiting for God to show me how and what I should be praying for? In short, do I treat God as a servant to do my bidding? Or am I waiting on God’s direction, and then praying?

Secondly, I think it gets the whole matter of where does my faith lie? Do I have more faith in my ‘to do’ list? Or does my faith lie in God? Do I really trust that God sees my, and my families’ lives, and knows what I should be praying for?

Thirdly, is the issue of who is in charge? Am I afraid that God will want one thing for my life, and I want another? My very actions were showing that I trying to be in charge. When in fact, no matter what I did, God was really the one in charge! Silly me! (Jonah comes to mind)

I had to admit that all three were true. I was coming to God with my ‘to do’ list, having faith that ‘I’ knew what and whom I should be praying for and in truth, really didn’t want God or the Holy Spirit interfering with ‘the program’! Oh vie. Nothing like the Holy Spirit to ‘call me out’ on my ‘you-know-what’! ☹

In short, the Holy Spirit was calling for me to turn around how I prayed 180 degrees. Going to God with gratitude, forgiveness and then waiting on the Holy Spirit to show me what and who I should be praying for. Such that “not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

 

Elaine