Alas, how weak and foolish I am! An issue arose once again in my life today which left me somewhat exasperated. It is an issue that has arisen several times before. The scenario is pretty well the same each time. I get “at my wits end” about the issue and the other party involved also gets “at their wits end” and altogether, give or take a few clarifications, it does not go well.
Then it came to me later in the day that here is an issue I have never really prayed over with my Lord. An issue, which is a continuing running sore in my life, has not been brought into the presence of my Saviour. I am just shocked thinking about it all. An issue has effectively been left to rumble on with little progress, much agitation and some damage to relationships along the way.
Then I am led to think about some other issues of late, where I have left some damage, to a greater or lesser extent, in my wake. What might there be in common about all these issues? I suggest I have gone into them and engaged in them without really sincerely bringing the matter before the Lord. I can say I have acted with legitimacy in each of these situations, but what a fool I have been with my lack of prayer.
So I hear the Lord saying to me through the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:4-7:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
It is the word “everything” that hits me here. How much other stuff is in my life which is not been brought to God? And while I am at it, how much is there in your life that is not being brought to God? So perhaps over these next days, even particularly tomorrow on the Lord’s Day, take time to consider in the presence of God how much of your life is not been prayed over. It may be your work; it may be your computer use, it may be your dealing with your family, and it may be so many things.
So I write this a bit relieved. I am relieved that there is a way out of my recurring melt-downs and it is prayer. Philip, you can pray. Philip you must pray. and then i can believe the Lord working to progress my life. O Lord thank you