I have been praying through a very specific struggle. I have also been practicing some of Rick warren‘s devotional methods of Bible study. This morning as I read Psalm 22:24, I personalized it saying, “ Father, you have never left me. Thank you for hearing my cries for help!”
My struggle weighs very heavily on my heart daily. It is usually the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about before I go to bed at night. As we sometimes do, I tend to obsess about it. I check in on this situation frequently; often, only to be disappointed.
My very favorite part of scripture is Philippians 4:4-7 and it has inspired me many times to pray thanksgiving in the midst of petitioning God for help. I know we are to trust him and lean not on our own understanding, but that is really hard when we care so deeply about the people in our lives.
When we have asked earnestly for salvation in Jesus’ name and prayed for the power of the Holy Spirit to change us from the inside out, our Father answers that prayer. The fruit of the spirit are growing in us. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The last of these has been the slowest growing fruit in my life. This morning the spirit gave me self-control to get into God’s Word and to pray the personalized prayer I shared above BEFORE I checked on my struggle situation. This may not seem like such a big deal, but his Word also says to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things we need will be added onto us.
Please do not hear some kind of magical formula for getting what you want through praying just the right way or at just the right time. Please hear my heart. God gave me self control, patience, and a beautiful, incredible, hopeful answer to my prayer this morning in the midst of this ongoing struggle. Please hear his faithfulness, my gratefulness, and my heart for you to experience all of this in your struggle as well.
May God bless you today and always.