About a month ago I stood in a small room as my son was getting his blood drawn. He was anxious. Defiant, but quietly, as is his pattern in public. But there was no more I could do to help him through it.
All I had left was prayer over the situation. And as I lifted up some prayers, I realized.
My typical operating mode in day-to-day life is to look at prayer as a last resort.
In my head, I know it shouldn’t be. And I do (nearly daily) have some prayer time set aside in the mornings. But I had gotten to the point where I prayed, checked that off my to-do list, and then slipped into the rest of my day focused on what I had planned for the day. And only when I got myself in a situation where I felt like there was nothing else I could do about it was I prompted to pray.
I had forgotten 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “pray continually.”
Do you ever find yourself praying only as a last resort?
I just know God was whispering to me in that moment – “don’t rely on your own ability. Rely on me.” And the lesson is that I need to rely on Him even when I feel capable!!!
So my goal in the immediate future – pray continually (and especially in the many mundane moments of the day), and get in the habit of relying on Him alone, always.
So I’ll leave you with this – a quote I heard on the radio early this year and which hasn’t left me. (Forgive me, I’ll have to paraphrase and I don’t remember who said it! If I find out, I’ll let you know!)
“In order to fully follow God, we need to give up the thought that we know anything.”