2 Corinthians 5:20
"So, we are Christ's ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We as Christ's personal representatives beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor now offered you, and be reconciled to God."
Are you're prayers out of habit? Some archaic method taught to you at a very young age that has not grown in spirit for a number of years?
Prayer is our direct line with God, but sometimes it grows static, unrecognizable due to our inability to pray correctly. Sometimes out of a heart that has been tarnished, we have no recollection of how or what we are asking for, let alone our needs aligned with God's needs.
We are creatures of habit who are slow to change. It's just something we are not accustomed to. For change brings worry and frustration.
Yet, learning how to pray prayers God can answer is very important. I spent many years telling the Lord what I needed Him to do for me, but finally I learned to also pray, "God what can I do for You today?" After all we are Christ's ambassadors, His partner in helping people and bringing them to know Him.
From now on I'd like you to add each day to your prayers, "What can I do for you, God?" Then, just as important, go through your day looking for signs and opportunities to do what you believe Jesus would do if He were still on earth in bodily form. He lives in you now if you are a Christian, and you are His ambassador. You need to make sure you represent him well.
Are you praying for someone right now that needs God's blessing? How stagnant is that prayer? Are you praying, "God, please look down and help this loved one. I don't know what to do any longer." Let's try doing something different. Try, "God, please look down with favor on ______. Show me how I can help him." God WILL use you as an ambassador to help this person. And, yes, even if you're sick and tired and have rung your hands on the situation. That's because God NEVER gives up, and neither should you.
I have become aware that I often ask God to do things for me when He wants me to do those things for myself. He doesn't expect me to do anything without His help, bu neither will He do everything for me while I sit idly by.
God wants us to be open to being involved. He wants us to use our resources to help people, and if what he we have isn't enough to meet their needs, then we can encourage others to get involved so that together we can do what needs to be done.
Pray prayers God can answer.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "be an ambassador."
Help me to realize that you can't do everything for me.
Teach me to pray about what you need me to do.
Remind me that there is more to life than indifference.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always