Going Beyond Always Asking for Things in Prayer
Are you feeling stuck in your prayer life because you feel like you’re always asking for things over and over again? Be inspired by this breakthrough moment of simply enjoying God’s presence.
Just As I Am
I came to Jesus “just as I was” when I was 6. Or 7. I cannot remember. As I grew, so did my trust in Jesus. I saw him work and decided to give him a shot at some of my more difficult problems. I’d pray for a good grades, a prom date – you know, important things. My pleas broadened when I married and went berserk when I had kids. Then I started a business, which added more to my load.
I tried to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let (my) requests be made known to God. I was waiting for “the peace of God, which passes all understanding (to) guard (my) heart and mind in Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
But I do know my prayer life was pathetic. Same thing, night after night. The first 40 years of my life, I was a Baptist, and like all good Baptists, I memorized the theme song: “Just As I Am.” All 7 verses. All those years; all those notes. And today, I finally got it. I was on my knees, ready to pray and plead again for the things that concerned me most.
Strangely, I couldn’t remember what they were. Somewhere in my head I heard the old organ chords: “Just as I am, without one plea….” It hit me. I was there. Simple as that! I was saying, “Hey Lord; it’s me, Judi, (again.) Glad to be here – just cannot remember why. You are great big God, and I am little Jude. I love you. I know, you love me more, but that’s just ’cause you’re so much more capable. Oh, and thanks for, well, my knees for starters. Have a nice day, and hug my dad for me. Good being with you. Great, in fact. Love you. Me.”
Just as I am. No begging, no pleading, no negotiating, no urgency, no questioning. Just a weak link attaching herself to a strong one. Him and me. What a cool relationship!
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
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