We’ll never run out of words to say or songs to sing. His praises will rise throughout all time whether we join or not.
Sometimes our prayers seem dry to us, but the problem is us, not God. He is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Maker of the universe, Lover of our souls. Perhaps we ask amiss as James says, or perhaps our unbelief is blocking what God wants to do.
How big is our faith in God’s ability to provide for us and answer our prayers?
Do we try to put God in a box on the shelf?
Do we not pray about everything?
God is WAITING for you to call upon Him, anxious to grant your request, but your reliance on self is blocking His blessing.
Do you need something? Or help? Why then are you silent? Do you think God is too busy? Or is it something closer to the truth of, “I will take charge and do this in my own strength?”
Moses was punished when he struck the rock when he was to speak to it, but he had brought water from another rock by striking it. (Exodus 17:6) Why then was this different? Because God gave a different command. When we go on out on a limb relying on our skills and strengths and previous experiences but don’t obey God, we bring His wrath upon us.
Did Moses perhaps have a heart attitude thinking he knew what to do versus what God said to him? I think he got his eyes on himself and off of God for a few seconds. He even says shall we bring water for you from this rock? (Numbers 20:10-11) When we do things in our own strength, rather than relying on God to meet our needs we can possibly miss what God is trying to do. And sometimes we even forget to give Him the credit.
Think of it in the light of Matthew 10:29-31:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Of Matthew 7:7-11:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
God wants to help you. But will you not only give Him the opportunity but also the glory? In the past few days, I have called on the Lord to help me find lost items. Every time He has answered. I once asked Him to help me find my correction tape. Then in my mind’s eye I saw it and found it where I left it, on the sink in the bathroom. Later in the week, the same thing happened. I was looking for something and the Lord showed me where it was.
Just this morning I was looking for my compression gloves for the pain and tremors in my hands and they were not where I expected them to be. I asked God and looked in some obvious places. I had just given up when I spied my jacket hanging on the desk chair. Even though I do not remember having the gloves on and wearing the jacket, I looked anyway and there they were! Each time I asked He answered. And each time I gave Him the credit. Is God too busy running the universe that He can’t help me in my meaningless quest of lost items? No, He is not.
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6, emphasis mine).
Don’t be afraid to take God at His word.
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith” (Matthew 21:22).
Whatever you ask for you will receive. The results of this exercise will astound and amaze you. Do you believe that if you speak to a rock on God’s behalf it will bring forth water? Everything is possible for one who believes. (Mark 9:23)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
Do you believe He can do whatever you ask in His name? What have you boldly asked God for in faith?