In our haste-and arrogance- we rush ahead with our own plans, thus rendering Christ’s leadership ineffective in our lives.
The Christian life is designed to be lived in a constant dialogue with Christ. His presence in our lives is KEY. His direction in our course is vital. His leadership in our decisions is paramount. His companionship is life-giving. Why do we try to do it ourselves?! Yet, we run ahead of God (much like Adam) and we mess up timing, make relationships awkward, throw a wrench into the works–and then expect God to clean up the mess we’ve made!
Let’s consider how Jesus wants us to come to Him:
9 “So I say to you: Ask [and keep on asking] and it will be given to you; seek [and keep on seeking] and you will find; knock [and keep on knocking] and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks [is persistent in asking] receives; he who seeks [is persistent in seeking] finds; and to him who knocks [is persistent in knocking], the door will be opened.
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Lk 11:9-13
Persistent praying doesn’t change God’s mind; it allows us to wrap our minds and hearts around God’s will. It gives God room to work according to His timing and His Plan. The question is: Are we willing to trust Him?
3 A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD. Pr 19:3
Let’s not let this be us. Instead, let’s do it this way:
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Mt 26:39
By the way, Jesus prayed three times before He had peace about the situation and was ministered to by angels. We would do well to do the same: Pray until we have peace.