Recently I read somewhere that many people consider prayer ‘a last resort,’ believing instead the old cliché, “God helps those who help themselves.” In others words, knock yourself out trying to fix and find things and only then will God lend a hand.
Years ago I was sure my husband stood in that camp. He had a habit of misplacing his sunglasses and car keys. As he rushed through the house turning everything over in his path trying to locate the lost items, I generally called out, “Cut the search. Ask the Holy Spirit.”
“I’d rather try it myself first,” he called back—tongue in cheek, I hope!
Today, many years later, Charles has a spot on the counter top by the door where he places keys, sunglasses, cell phone, spare change, and all manner of things that go into his pockets and out to the car with him. No more charging around the house in frantic pursuit. Apparently the Holy Spirit got through to him.
Together we’ve created a new habit that has stuck. We’ve made prayer a ‘first resort,’ starting each week with twenty minutes of written and spoken petitions and gratitude right after breakfast. What a different it has made. At one time we over-committed to a daily routine and soon realized we were failing, so we decided to pray communally once a week and pray privately whenever each wanted.
Making prayer a ‘first’ resort has helped me to:
Praise God in the joyful moments
Reach for Him in the challenging moments
Worship Him in the quiet moments
Trust Him in the painful moments––and
Thank Him every moment of every day!
What works for you in your prayer life?