There are some major decisions that are going to be made in our local church as well as our denomination. There are some things that the nation is going through that is troubling. One Sunday morning the Pastor of our church announced that we would have a prayer event. We would come together as a congregation, as a community of believers and as citizens of this nation and pray that decisions would be made that would honor God. I think he is setting an example of what we as Christians should do in our own personal lives.
What would it look like if we before we made a major decision took the time to sit down and pray? What if we truly asked God what he thought and what path we should take? Would our lives look less cluttered? Would we experience more peace and less stress? Would our lives look different?
Recently, we helped a friend move a refrigerator off of a U-Haul into her garage. Her garage was stuffed full. I understood the situation. There are two households moving in together. They have to sort, get rid of and sale things in order to make room for both of them.
As we left her place we drove by several homes with their garage doors opened. As we drove by my husband and I was amazed at the amount of stuff in garages. Some garages were so full of stuff that they could not put their car in the garage. Now my definition of a garage is this: a building or extra room to store your vehicle. Today, we use the garage for storing all those things that don’t fit into our homes. What would it look like if we prayed before we bought anything? The Bible tells us to pray at all times. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 We are so good at praying for others, but how often do we pray for discernment or wisdom? James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” What would it look like if before we made a purchase we asked God if it was his will for our lives?
When I was growing up I don’t remember ever seeing businesses that advertised they would keep your stuff in a unit, but today there are so many of these businesses that promise to store yourself for a fee. Really? We have so much stuff we have to pay someone to store our stuff? What would happen to the homeless or those who are struggling if we gave our stuff away to them? What if we prayed and God said to us, “You have an abundance, but my son or daughter over here is in need. Give some of your things to him or her.” How would we respond? We are reminded in 1 John 3:17-18, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet he closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.” I am thinking most of us would turn our backs on God. We can’t seem to part with our stuff.
When our young adults come and talk to us about what they should do with their lives too many times we steer them in the direction we think is best for them. What would it be like if we seek God as we were seeking our life’s work? What if we taught our youth to pray about the direction God had for us? I think there would be less stress in the workplaces today because more people would be doing what God has called us to do instead of climbing ladders of success. God does call us to those places where we can climb to success, but when God is in it it is not stressful or hurtful to others. We are successful because God’s hand was in it. God does call doctors, nurses, lawyers and many other worthy occupations, but he also calls Pastors, missionaries, and even disciples of Christ.
For too many of us, we limit our prayers to God for helping others through death, illness, or calamity. We don’t think of praying to God for direction or wisdom, or the path he wants us on. Why is that? We are afraid of the answer God may give us. It might not be the answer we are looking for. God might challenge us on the need of the item we are wanting or the direction we are taking. God knows what is best for us. God knows what we need.
God supplies our needs. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. We have folks that are in need and we have a nation that is greedy. What would happen if we put the two together and live in harmony with one another?
God calls us to a life of unity, a life of peace and a life that is in accordance with His will. We can only become united with our brothers and sisters when we step up to the plate and look pass their ethnicity, their religion, and their lifestyles and supply their needs. When they pray for their needs to be met it is through each us that God answers their prayers. We can only live a life of peace and live in accordance to His will when we will get down on our knees and pray for guidance, wisdom, and direction.
Prayer is the key component to living a life of peace. We can have peace in this world if only we would get down and pray for our community, our nation, and our world. Our lives would look different if we took this key component and prayed without ceasing for all of our needs, wants and desires. Our lives may take a different direction if we prayed to God for his direction.
We often sit down and talk with our spouse or our parents about decisions we are going to make. Maybe it’s time we sit down and had that same conversation with our Heavenly Father and allow him to weigh in on our decisions.
Maybe…it’s time to be part of a community, national or worldly prayer event. Maybe…it’s time to invite God into our decision making in our lives and in our homes.
Life is what we make it. Maybe it’s time we start including God.
Dear God: Bringing the needy and the greedy together would change the world. Help us change the world through our prayers and obedience as we seek your will for our lives. Praying for peace may mean praying at all times for all people no matter their ethnicity, religion or their lifestyles. Seeking direction for our lives may mean asking you what plans you have for us. Help us to get past praying just for those who are ill, experiencing death, or calamity in their lives. Teach us to pray at all times, in all circumstances. Teach us to ask for wisdom and discernment when making decisions. Give us the boldness to do what you’re asking us to do. Help us to pray for the leaders of our nation and our world even when we do not agree with them. Help us to talk less to you and to listen to you more. Let us become a nation who is known as prayer warriors.