Long read: Desperate prayers for desperate times
“Just reminding myself I have no other choice but to believe God is in control. It’s strangely comforting to my limited, worried & overwhelmed mind.”
A family member wrote this a few days ago.
Her sincere words and humble heart struck me. She is encountering a beautiful moment of rescue. Following Jesus looks like this statement. It looks like giving in to Jesus’ hand of leadership in our lives.
I know a little about her situation. Some parts of her life are really hard. Others are really amazing. Admittedly, she would tell you all she is grateful for. In honest moments she would share she lives at a breaking point.
So goes your life and mine. She is not alone.
I write of her simple christian statement because of its immense importance in our walk and journey to make it in this life. There is a discipline of giving up. We used to say this was done in our place of prayer. It is. But for those of us honest about how much we pray, this thought of giving in comes far more often than formal times of prayer. While in the automatic car wash, on the commute to work, or that brief five minutes while we are waking in our bed mustering courage for another day.
Look for points where you can give up and give in. This is the step by step way we follow Jesus.
The desperate prayer maybe the most faith filled prayer coming out of our hearts.
We get duped as followers of Jesus into believing a set of religious rules set up in the bible. Although we read of morality in the bible, this was not the only intention of the Word of God. The bible as morality only reduces it to a “How to” book on living. Let’s be honest. Have you have read ever a “How to” book cover to cover? Even those books are powerless to show us how to work a computer or fix your refrigerator.
This life with Jesus is far more free. He is along side us, with us, showing us the way. He beckons, “Let me help. I’ve got this in all the areas you don’t.”
Paul writes in Galations:
“If such is the case, is the law, then, an anti-promise, a negation of God’s will for us? Not at all. Its purpose was to make obvious to everyone that we are, in ourselves, out of right relationship with God, and therefore to show us the futility of devising some religious system for getting by our own efforts what we can only get by waiting in faith for God to complete his promise. For if any kind of rule-keeping had power to create life in us, we would certainly have gotten it by this time.”
Paraphrasing Paul; “When it is revealed we can’t keep the rules, it it our cue to give up and give in. It is time to let the Father take over.”
Paul goes on to write in Galations 5:
“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand!”
I believe Paul was imploring us to do what my friend and family member is doing. Give up, give in. Simply say I can’t and I need help.
We have an incredible word describing this. The follower of Jesus draws life from it daily, even moment by moment.
It is called “repentance”. The discipline of giving up.