Monday, September 8, 2014

Fear, Humility, and Prayer

In my last post, I shared about Scripture’s command not to worry, and how we need to turn our focus to God. Let’s delve deeper.

Look at what 1 Peter 5:6-7 commands:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 

We like to look at verse 7 in the midst of worry, but what proceeds that verse? Verse 6 tells us that we must humble ourselves. Why do you think those two verses are connected? Because we can’t truly cast our cares upon the Lord and trust in Him if we haven’t humbled ourselves. Casting our cares at that point becomes, “give me what I want”. Humility precedes laying our burdens at His feet.

“For many Christians, the difficulty is not the sovereignty of God, but rather the goodness of God. My problem is not that I doubt God’s ability to control everything in my life and protect me from harm. My problem is that I doubt He is going to do for me what I believe He is capable of doing!” Lou Priolo

Do you find this to be true in your life? You know God is sovereign, but you doubt His goodness to you in your particular circumstance? I know this is too often the case in my life.

Do you realize that worry and fear affect your prayer life? When we fear, we don’t pray, because we’re focusing on ourselves and not God. But if turn to God, then we will be able to humble ourselves, lay our burdens at His feet, rest in Him, and watch Him work. Then we intercede for others because we know He’s in control of all things. That is an area God has been growing me this year. He’s been graciously helping me see where I worry about situations I have no control over, and to instead intercede more faithfully for others.

God’s more concerned about changing you than changing your circumstances. Have you been praying for deliverance, or seeking the face of the Deliverer? Are you hoping for relief from the pain and problems, or redemption from the sin in your heart?

Recognizing our small views of God and readjusting our prayers to be more pointed towards the heart-change needed in us instead of the change in circumstances is vital. But what about some practical application for getting to the root of fears? Questions and practical application will be coming soon.


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