We already signed on the dotted line before we asked the lawyer if the contract was a good deal or not (backwards). We put the gadget together before we read the instructions; now there are too many screws left over (backwards). We bought the used car before taking it for a test drive only to find out it won’t go in reverse (backwards). We made decisions about our lives before we sought God; now we’re in a crisis (praying backwards).
Patiently waiting for our prayers to be answered isn’t easy. Praying for God’s will to be done and meaning it, isn’t easy either. But, when we pray for God to clean-up the “mess” we made because we didn’t ask for His input to begin with, that’s even harder. I call that praying backwards.
Pray first—worry less!
It’s less challenging to pray and exert our faith before a situation happens. Because after everything goes haywire, now we have to believe for the miraculous, and that can require our faith to go beyond what we can even imagine. When we take matters into our own hands without checking-in with God, that’s not a good practice to follow even though there are Christians who do just that.
Perhaps they think they can handle things on their own. Or, maybe they think God isn’t interested in whatever the matter might be. God is interested in everything that concerns us. It’s a trick of the enemy to think anything else. The Word of God says:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1Peter 5:7)
Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, to pray without ceasing. That means prayer should be like breathing air; something we do naturally. We don’t have to be in a certain place or religious form. All we have to do is get into the habit of seeking God throughout the day, especially before we make any decisions.
When we involve God in our everyday encounters, it strengthens our relationship with Him. It brings Him into our reality. It’s a high level of worship when we humbly honor Him as Lord and Master; the One Who we depend on for wisdom and guidance.
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.