hard prayer

Intersection_sit_down Don’t be anxious about anything.  Instead, in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7)

What aspect of these verses do you find most difficult?  This is a great verse for reassurance and for direction in how to live our faith.  But for me today, the petitioning is getting harder.  And as the petitioning gets harder, I’m tempted to be more anxious.  Petitioning means that you insist to the one who has authority that something be changed.  I feel like I’ve been petitioning God for six months to help get our family settled into our new location.  We’re now in Calgary with jobs… but we can’t buy a home yet and settle into a neighborhood, get our kids into schools, and plant roots.  We’ve been trying every day to place our hope and trust in him.  We know the reassurance of Scripture (Phil 4:9, 12-13, 19).  We see his hand at work and we are so thankful for so many things… and every day I renew my trust in my God.  Perhaps it’s time for a sit-in protest?

2 Comments

  1. Thanks, James for your thoughtful comment. Anxiety is constricting to the soul. Reading and hearing these Scriptures is necessary… and living them is too. But reading and living are sometimes difficult to merge. In the end, of course, I know in my mind that I will have had no reason to be anxious. In the middle, however, my soul and body press on to endure. The persistent widow is more of a practical model for me now than the lillies. I keep asking… though I’m exhausted. And in the asking I am learning more deeply how to trust God and lean on him. In the activity of waiting, I’m learning to expose myself to his mercy and still to demand his blessing. God is good. And therefore I keep pursuing him.

  2. Ken,
    Maybe it is time to do something harder then petitioning, stop being anxious. For anxiety is the opposite of peace. There is no explanation within Christian cliche’s for the struggles you are going through, except to call you to look beyond the struggles to our Lord and Savior.
    Jesus had these words to say to his disciples, and to you in Luke 12:22-32
    “That is why I tell you, Ken not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
    “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you, and your family Ken. Why do you have so little faith?
    “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
    “So don’t be afraid, Ken. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.”
    In God’s timing you will come out of this wilderness experience and have full peace that you are settled just where God wants you to be. In the mean time keep on keeping on doing the ministry you are called to do, and all the routine tasks as father and husband that you need to do, and enjoy Starbucks!

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