I am extremely grateful for the Holy Spirit’s ministry of prayer. When I can’t find the words to express my need – when I’m not even sure what my need is – He is already beseeching the Father on my behalf.
There are plenty of moments in my weeks when I silently (and sometimes out loud) can only say, “God, help!”
I don’t have to tell God what I need. He knows exactly what I need before I can voice it. Even before I recognize that I have a need.
” . . . your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
– Matthew 6:8 –
I don’t pray for God’s sake. I pray for my own sake.
Prayer is one expression of my dependence on God.
A simple “God, help,” is enough to reach my Father’s ears.
Sometimes (often), though, I need to go through the effort of putting words to what I need. It helps me understand more clearly what I am depending on God for.
Here are some of the needs I’ve been coming face to face with on a daily basis:
Wisdom to instruct my children with kindness. (Proverbs 31:26)
Courage to lovingly confront them with truth (even when I know they will resist). (Ephesians 4:15)
Humility to ask for forgiveness when I have been harsh or unloving. (Matthew 23:12)
These words are not a mantra that I repeat mindlessly.
Saying them does not magically give me what I need to approach each day with the right attitude.
They are a conscious recognition that God asks me to pursue those characteristics. That I cannot achieve them in my own strength.
Bringing these thoughts before God each morning helps me focus on His character. His perfection rather than my own shortcomings.
God is wise, kind, fearless and humble. God alone is the source of all wisdom, kindness, courage and humility.
All hope that I will speak kindly, confront lovingly and repent humbly lies in my dependence on God.
“In Christ alone my hope is found; He is my light, my strength, my song . . . “
(Find the song here.)
What are you depending on God for right now?