This morning, as I was praying, it occurred to me that I have been fretting about something--almost constantly--for the past few days. It also occurred to me that I have not one time mentioned it to God in my prayers! Why is that? I have deep faith in God. I pray daily and talk to Him about all kinds of things...So why was I choosing to "hold on" to this particular burden instead of surrendering it to God and trusting Him with it?
I think, maybe deep down I have been believing the lie that it is too small or too silly a thing to "bother" God with. Really? Then I remembered this verse:
"You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." John 14:14
Ok, don't laugh at me. That "thing" I have been fretting about but not praying about is a wasp problem we are having. The problem is that they are somehow getting in my daughter's bedroom. We can't figure out how and we can't find a nest. So I have fretted. And fretted.
But this morning it occurred to me to PRAY about it. I couldn't believe I hadn't turned it over to God, asking Him to intervene! So I boldly prayed "Dear God, will You please DESTROY the nest where these wasps are coming from? I pray in Jesus' name that You would remove them from the inside of our house."
And you know what? I felt SO good afterward! I believe God laid it on my heart to PRAY about this. So after I finished, I was giddy with excitement. I even told a friend of mine about my prayer and asked her to join me in praying about the wasps!
"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." ~Matthew 18:19
I'm also focusing on these other verses:
"Everything is possible for him who believes." ~Mark 9:23
"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and never give up." ~Luke 18:1
"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:19
"And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith." ~Matthew 13:58
"'Have faith in God', Jesus answered. 'I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.'" ~Mark 11:22-24
What about you? Are you carrying around some burden because you think it might be too small or maybe even too big for God? That's the enemy trying to keep you from discovering the power of prayer. I dare you to step out today and ask God IN FAITH to take care of a burden that you've been keeping to yourself.
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." ~Hebrews 11:6