Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Double-Clicking God...

         There you are, looking at one screen yet trying to open another. Prompts indicate that work is in progress, but you see no change to the screen. So, why not just click again? I mean, let's hurry it along and push the process forward. Double-Clicking, while in progress, does not help the view change and can often frustrate the worker. As I double clicked on my computer one evening, God guided me to check the motive of my trigger finger, reminding me of a lesson that He had taught me once before.

          Was it that I did not believe that the computer would do what I initially asked it to do? Was it that I thought it just did not recognize my request? Was it pride? Was it simply an act out of frustration or fear that I would not be able to go to the next level without having to start over? Well, the truth is that it was all of these things. When we double click what we are really trying to do is to supersede the system by forcing something to speed up in order to get the results that we desire. As "a work in progress" from computers to our prayer lives we must strive to not double-click when we are not getting immediate results.

          Prayers are powerful, when they are rooted in belief. Jesus told us that when we pray, we should believe that our prayers are answered.

"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them,"
(Mk 11:24).

          No matter what size we think our prayer request is we should believe that we receive it when we speak it, not when it appears to us. Even in my own life I have caught myself revisiting a prayer request with the Lord, which only brought frustration to the situation.  Of course, frustration sets in if we keep making the same request, because it is like double-clicking on a program that has already been set in motion.

          The importance of believing God at His Word, may come faster to some, but for me it took a while. When I began studying the Word of God for myself, belief was the first area God took me to.  By speaking the Word of God, over time, doubt worked its way out of my heart. 

          Double-clicking is an action linked to doubt. Coming to the Lord repetitively about the same issues in our lives is really doubt personified. We either believe that when we ask God for His help that He will help us or not. Selective belief is an oxymoron, yet this "work in progress" has fallen into the trap of compartmentalizing belief.

          Stopping the click, or the repetitive requests, takes not only discipline, but a replacement program. When the Lord showed me that belief in Him shows up in how we study and pray, He then stepped out with me on a "how to" journey. God wants us to run to Him first, no matter what, and that includes how to pray.

"In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God," (John 1:1)

          God is His Word and His Word is His promise to us, so when we make a request to God, and it is in line with His Word, (which is why it is important to study His Word for ourselves to find out what His promises are), we do not need to double-click what He has already promised us.  We simply give an offering of thanks and embrace what He has done and is doing in our lives.

          For those things in our lives that are not clearly written in His Word, job offers, house purchases, which school to choose, where to go on vacation, or the like; we can still rely on the Word of God to show us how to trust God's plan for our lives.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,"
(Jer. 29:11 NIV)

          Patience is not only the ability to wait, but when it comes to our prayer lives, patience is believing and trusting while we wait-which is apparent in action and attitude. Waiting on the Lord is not twiddling our thumbs, or double clicking, but choosing to continue to serve and thank Him with an expectant attitude while He takes care of all of our needs.   As I develop through my Master's plan I must continually revisit the importance that belief has in Word and prayer, before I am able to truly progress in my work.

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