The other day I was praying out of my huge list of prayer requests.
To have a better control of my prayers I use (and love) the Reminders‘ app provided by Apple. There I can register a request under a specific list and then when God has answered it I mark it as completed. By the way, there is also a Completed List in the App which makes it easier to remember the many answered prayers and remind yourself that God indeed is active, He does answer our prayers and works for His glory! (I might expand on my prayer list system on another day 🙂 )
Since things to pray for come up throughout the day I usually tend to carry my iPod everywhere, this way I can keep my prayer requests updated. So I end up reviewing this list almost 5 times a day, it’s part of my life! This special list is filled with other people’s names and has a variety of issues that I pray about. For example:
These are the most general ones, others have names, dates, specific facts etc.
My requests might seem for the best interest of others and that I care for God’s glory ultimately. So, I think that what I’m asking God is legitimately good, honorable, true, and would ultimately work for His praise. I mean isn’t it good for a teenage boy who ran away from home to go back to his parents’ care? Wouldn’t it show God’s power in restoring a marriage? Doesn’t it display God’s love and care in keeping all the churches in México on sound doctrine and with a fervent passion for His kingdom? Wouldn’t this make others see His glory and holiness, and want to praise Him even more? At least this is what my near-sighted view lets me think.
The problem comes when some of those requests are not answered. It most likely meant God had bigger and better plans. But…How do I respond to that? How do I respond to God’s timely silence, or His sovereign ‘no’? There are a number of ways I could be reacting to this, but yesterday’s response was simply this…I acknowledged a simple, basic truth which is essential to the Christian living. We learn this the moment God regenerates our spirit, and we need to be reminded of it, over and over. For me it was yesterday.
This is what I prayed and acknowledged before God…
God here are the things I cannot do:I cannot change people’s minds, I was never able to do so, today is no different.I cannot direct the heart, where it might turn or go, I could never do it, now even less.I cannot keep my loved ones safe from harm, from falling into temptation, I could never do it, I can’t even now.I cannot control the way anyone thinks of me or my family, I never could, now even less.I cannot make people see the blessings missed out because of sin, I couldn’t before, now even less.I cannot make love spring from a heart, I am completely incapable.I cannot produce any godliness, I couldn’t then, now even less.I cannot make people rejoice in You or seek Your love again, I simply cannot.I cannot control who will cross paths with who, I never controlled this in my life even.I cannot control the past I can’t control the present nor the future.I cannot make others taste and see that it is good to trust God, I can’t even control my next breath!
Only God can do all that!!
What kind of power is that!! Even if I pray the most selfless, God-honoring prayer, it will always be God acting and not me. Thankfully He hears our pleas and gives ear to our requests, He invites us to approach His throne of grace so that we might receive help and mercy in our time of need! So I started praying in light of that, I know I cannot…that’s why I come to You… It was refreshing and liberating, He is the One that carries our burdens because He cares for us!
Our security is not found in being in control, but being under the control of the One whose purposes can never be defeated -Dr. Bill Thrasher
God controls our hearts, He controls our steps, our thoughts, our mistakes, our growth, our life!We are subject to His grace, to His favor, and we can rest and trust Him because He is love, He is merciful and the greatest Comforter!