If you have visited here before, you can probably see that I have changed the name of the blog again. I started blogging at 4URuthie to tell the story of our journey to adopt our 1st daughter. I changed it to Mountains for Maggie when we were praying for God to move mountains on behalf of our 2nd daughter. Well now it is no longer just Ruthie’s or Maggie’s stories. It is now our family's story, and the stories of those we share life with, as we Conquer Mountains together. Both ConqueringMountains.net and 4URuthie.blogspot will lead here.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Not "To Be" but "That They Might Know"
I thought of the countless times when I have asked God to be my provider, someone's comforter, or my source of peace. I never questioned my semantics until that moment when it occurred to me that He already is. The disconnect is not with God's identity in the situation, it is with my surrender to it.
I believe our best response to this is to pray differently. I am going to stop praying that God would be a certain role in someone's life and start praying that they would experience Him as that role.
Personally I am going to ask 3 questions of myself (and pray these for others) when I am in need of God's presence in my situation:
1. Am I responding in Faith? Do I really believe that God is my ________ and what does the evidence of that belief look like?
2. Am I responding in Function? Does my obedience to God's word in this situation reflect my faith that God is my _________? Am I doing what His word commands concerning my situation? Am I seeking Him in this role according to his Word?
3. Am I responding in Focus? Do I have my eyes fixed on Him instead of my circumstance?
To put it simply, the bridge between my circumstances and desired outcome is not God showing up in a certain role. He is already fully there. The bridge is my correct response to His presence.
So I will continue to pray according to God's character but I will know longer pray that he would "be." I will now pray that they would "know."
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