Small prayer, big faith
31 October 2017
Aren’t we all a bit like Taylor Swift?
She has become the “revenge song” queen — and she truly is a master at it. Genius really.
When we feel “wronged” we all tend to dwell on it right? When someone is working against me or wronging me — it’s hard to think about anything else, even if I wanted to! All my brain power is consumed with the drama of conflict making it hard to function.
Things like revenge, despair, and hopelessness grow in the soil of meditating and dwelling on conflict — and I suspect that we all have a tendency to play in this mud when we feel “wronged.”
I am a strategist and a problem solver. I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to focus on my work when I’m in the middle of conflict — especially if I feel that someone is wronging me. I dwell on the problem for hours, days, and weeks! It creates a restless energy in me. My body might be sitting still, but my brain is buzzing nonstop trying to sort through the problem.
That being the case, I’m startled and challenged by David’s words:
Though princes sit together speaking against me;
Your servant will think about your statutes.
Psalm 119:23 (CSB)
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
Your servant will meditation on your statutes.
Psalm 119:23 (ESV)
The ESV version says that David is meditating on God’s statutes. MEDITATING!
As you’ve already seen, when I’m being wrong, I’m meditating all right! I am fixed on the problem and can think about nothing else! You could say that I’m meditating — but it ain’t the “zen” kind.
What I’m saying is that this verse is so backwards from how I tend to function. If princes were plotting against me, I would have a hard time calming down long enough to focus on one word, much less meditating on it! I would have a hard time not strategizing and planning my next move.
I can’t tell you how many mornings I’ve woken up with a restless mind that just won’t stop dwelling on the day’s conflicts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve willed myself to simply stop and focus on what the Lord might have for me in His Word that day — but my will just isn’t powerful enough.
What’s powerful is the tiniest, puniest, and weakest of prayers —- “help me.”
“Help me” is powerful because it calls out to an all-powerful, able, and faithful God. The same God that can calm the raging wind and seas is able to speak a word of calm over my trouble and restless mind — and I can testify that He has many many times.
You see, things like prayer and Bible reading are some of the most powerful weapons in all of the universe.
Meditating on God’s Word might not seem like a very powerful weapon to use against princes that are plotting against you, but then again, neither did a raised staff that split the Red Sea. Neither did the 7 day march around a fortified city. Neither did the fire-calling prayer of prophet. That’s because none of those things are powerful in themselves — they are powerful because they are demonstrations of faith in an all-powerful God who is able to deliver, defend, and protect.
Where is your faith?
Is your faith in your own ability to plan, strategize, and worry about the future?
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.
Corrie ten Boom
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Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie ten Boom
Most of us probably exercise more faith in ourselves — it’s our natural fallen tendency. We don’t tend to run to God even with the simplest of prayers like, “help me.” But we should because He is faithful and good. James 1 tells us that He is ready to give us wisdom as we deal with various situations in life when we are ready to receive it.
So call out to Him today — even if all you know to say is “help me.”
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