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Are You Ready?

| October 30, 2017

Are you ready for a deeper relationship with Jesus?

Are you ready?

Ready for what? I still have no idea, but that is the question that God was asking me over and over. I kept letting Him know that I was ready, but He kept asking the question.

Have you ever noticed that when God asks you a question, that He already knows the answer? Just like He already knew the answer when He asked Adam who told him he was naked, He already knew the answer when He asked me if I was ready. The answer wasn’t the answer I was giving Him, it was a no.

Life is Full of Seasons

I was sick a few weeks ago, and as I was waiting for my husband to come home with the kids I was reading the last entry in my prayer journal. Which I am embarrassed to say that my last entry was April 2016.

I didn’t remember praying for the season that followed that entry. Truthfully, usually when I go back and read my journal I don’t remember what I had written. But God has always taken every word that I have poured out in trust, and been faithful in what was asked. I am constantly amazed that the exact words that I pray, is how He has provided.

So what did I write in April of 2016? Help me to trust you even when I cannot see. This was the moment when I realized the answer to the question, Are you ready, was no. This was also when I realized that I misunderstood the question. He wasn’t asking me if I was ready as much as He was asking if I was prepared.

Trust When I Could Not See

It was shortly after that prayer that I felt that many things got uncertain in my life.  I began having difficulties in my pregnancy, I had many hard questions about my future, and was asking God for direction in life decisions. What I was doing was exhausting myself chasing Him for answers, when He wanted me to be still and rest in Him. For what felt like the longest time, I was living in a cloud and could barely see in front of me. I wrote about a part of this time is When The Struggle Is Real.

As hard as this season was though, I had a glimmer of trust in Him that carried me through. I know with everything in me that the seemingly simple prayer, help me trust you even when I cannot see, sustained me through a time when I felt like I was living in a cloud and couldn’t see. Are you ready?

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  1 John 5:14

Take Me Deeper (5 Prayers God Always Answers)

Although He has always provided the truest and deepest desires of my heart, there have been things that I have prayed for that He has not answered. When I look back, I can see that they were not according to His will. On the flip side of that I want to share with you 5 prayers that He has always answered:

  1. I want a deeper knowledge of who You are, and have a deeper love for You.
  2. Help me to trust in You even when I cannot see.
  3. My life is Yours, I will go wherever You lead.
  4. Give me Your comfort and peace that passes all understanding.
  5. Carry me through whatever You have for me, and even in the fire set my fire ablaze for You.

What About You?

Do any of you journal? If you are like me, you spend a lot of time praying in the moment. But what if? What if we prayed for the moment?

I believe that when we pray more for the moment, we won’t just be more prepared for what He has before us, we will also be more aware of His hand of faithfulness in our lives.

I wish I journaled more than I actually do, because every time I read my journals I see His hand so clearly in my life. Over the past couple weeks, I have been journaling more, and I want to invite you to join me in taking time today to journal. Maybe you have a journal, maybe you use your phone, or maybe you have a scrap piece of paper that you will write on and stuff in your Bible. In whatever way you journal, take time to ready yourself and pray for what is ahead.

Are you ready?

 

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