Here I sit in the middle of packing boxes, making decisions, and a sick two year old that wants me to only sit and hold her, I should feel overwhelmed and stressed, but the Spirit often whispers to me this truth, “I and Jesus are praying for you. You are not alone. Rest yourself in the Father’s hands.”
In this move, I experienced a radical shift in the focus of my prayers. In the beginning I started with asking, “God what is your will for my life.” My prayers centered on where we should live, what kind of house, what do I really want? Do I want to work? Do I want to stay home with Karis-Lynn? Katherine will be going to college in 3 years and Carter 2 years after that. Will we have the money? Lord, how will we pay for all this on one income?
The more I prayed, the more I realized how earthly and self-centered my prayers had become.
1 John 2:16
For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world.
Sometimes, I can get swept up in the pride of my lifestyle, my wants and dreams, and my plans that my focus becomes making myself and my life more beautiful instead of focusing on the beauty of my Maker and His plans.
Many voices in our world preach that God is focused on making us more comfortable, getting us that promotion, and building up our self-esteem. However, the Holy Spirit prays for us according to the will of God (Rom. 8:27). God’s plan is to make us into the image of Christ. Sometimes that means we must be uncomfortable. We must learn to sacrifice. In order to be like Christ, we should be working to make the Father known. Our greatest challenge is to obey Jesus and…
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.