**A look at prayer – from a place on my knees…
Today I’m sitting in my ‘prayer spot’, a comfy armchair in my living room, and I’m praying for my daughter as she interviews for a dream position. High stakes – high competition. I feel it. She feels it. I’m remembering my own tough spots, achieve-a-dream moments and I can’t help but smile.
I was never able to boast about my several ‘successes’ because I was so obviously not the intended winner. I was more the unexpected last place runner who somehow pulls ahead in the last 3 seconds – the upset winner. That’s me!
The God factor has great pull; huge power. The ingredient of God in my life has changed the outcome for me and given me the winning edge, even with my rather average achievements.
You see, as I sit with my legs curled up in my favorite armchair, a more than frequent activity at my house, with my hot cup of coffee in one hand, I realize most of my successes in life were not ‘look what I’ve done moments’ rather, my wins were my arrival on the scene ‘on the wings of a prayer‘.
One specific example I remember from long ago, was my acceptance into the top nursing school in the country with my sorry 3.3 G.P.A. – an answer to prayer with a strong essay!
I have many such moments. God moments.
Being an ‘on the wings of a prayer’ person has given me an advantage – I’ve learned to trust God’s goodness for when life gives me its unexpected – illness, loss, life’s stuff. I’ve experienced His goodness on the mountain tops, and I’m trusting that same goodness for life’s valleys.
God is good. All the time. No matter life’s circumstances. I can trust Him. Always.
You’ve probably had some moments, too, where God somehow carried you to the finish line – and you were as surprised as anyone by the results. It reminds me of God’s goodness…
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.”
– Psalm 34:8
Blessed is the one who trusts in Him.
My prayers for my daughter today are not desperation prayers – she comes to this position well suited and skilled with much to offer – rather, I come seeking God’s best for her.
The reason I pray is for wise counsel – God’s best – but what often happens is that in the process I am changed.
I think in these days of instant gratification we tend to approach God as we approach Amazon Prime – we submit our order, then expect delivery, within 24 short hours.
Prayer for me is not a Wish Fulfillment Center – it is more a place of surrender – letting go of my tight fisted control and my demands and wants and seeking His hand of blessing and goodness no matter the outcome.
When I pray I lay my heart’s burdens down – I surrender them to God’s mighty hand, and, then, I leave them there – in God’s hand and trust He will have His way with my life plans.
This being said, answers to prayer don’t often look like what I expect or what I asked for.
He often improves upon them – tweaks them – adds some glory into the ordinary mix.
Prayer is a process in my life – there is a wait stage – it’s true. It’s the time God uses to re-set my heart, and soften it up a little, to iron out some of the wrinkles and crinkles in my not so smooth and right thinking.
This is how prayer changes me – makes me ready for His answer, which isn’t always what I expect.
Today, its happened. The not exactly what I wanted answer – a “yes” to job opportunity – but, a “no” to the location I wanted and willed to happen. I’m ready for it, this time. Heart ready.
Willing to yield – to surrender to God’s best. Trusting He’s led the way and I can follow. Confidently.
On the wings of a prayer..
** Lord, help us to taste and see Your goodness, this day. Show us the true path of life and give us courage to confidently follow and trust in You.
“You will show me the path of life. In Your presence is fullness of joy.”