Can you tell where my heart has been lately, with all these posts on prayer? In our Bible study on Tuesday mornings, Priscilla Shirer has been talking about the wilderness. Did you know that God led the Israelites into the wilderness? Did you read that…God led them there? (Check it out in Exodus 13:17-17.)These hard times, the times that we struggle most, God led me here?
God didn’t lead us into the wilderness for us to “figure it out,” as Priscilla Shirer shared yesterday in our video. I am such a “fixer.” I want to know WHY I’m struggling, figure out “triggers” and make sure I NEVER come back here again. Oh, but is that what God wants for me? If he led me here, there is purpose. He is pruning me. He is drawing me to Himself.
Could it possibly be that He is giving me this beautiful season of prayer? Could it be that He is teaching me how desperate I am for him that I need more and more communion with Him? When He draws me to Himself and when He says, “Come, all who are thirsty…” He is talking to me. (Isaiah 55:1.) And lately, I have been going to Him. A lot. But I need to change my prayer a bit. Instead of, “Lord take this away, make me normal” I need to be praying… “Lord, if this is your will, I am Your servant. (Luke 1:38) Use me. Change me. Fill me. Hear my cry…and I know You do. Thank You. I trust You. I trust You, even in the wilderness. I trust Your Hand of Sovereignty in my life. I trust You to mold me and do what You need to do in me. No matter how it hurts.”
Well, Ann has done it again…written a fabulous post on prayer.
She talks today of building a house of prayer, going through each of these things listed below.
Lord, cause us not to work to consume or to climb, but to engage in the true work of building houses of prayer, places where You are at Home. Come, find Shelter here, where we find Shelter in You….
To Build a SHELTER of Prayer:
E-Establish a Place
E– Establish a Time