Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Growing My Faith Part 08 - Asking God

Sue quickly prayed for her day as she headed out the door. She needed the Lord’s help with so many things. She asked God to protect her kids and to keep her safe as she traveled. She asked for wisdom for the doctors as her friend went for treatment today. Before she had even finished her list of requests to God she found she was at her parking space and the busy day began.

Like Sue, I sometimes find myself with a “to do” list for God. I impatiently wait for Him to accomplish what I ask.

This week God reminded me what He wants me to have on the top of my prayer list. Listen with me to these words:

“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:4 & 5

It was suddenly clear to me again. The one thing that my heart should seek after most is to be in the presence of the Lord…to dwell there, to take up residence there…to live there. For me, that means putting aside my “to do” list for God and first spending some time asking Him to fill me up afresh with His Holy Spirit. I ask Him to speak to me from His Word, the Bible. I often let music wash over my soul and reaffirm the strength and beauty of the Lord and His faithfulness in my life. My faith is renewed and the closeness and peace of the Lord returns.

These verses let me know that I can still expect life will hold some trouble and challenge. God never promises a trouble free life. Yet the promise is there that He will keep me safe and sheltered through it as I dwell in His presence. He will be the Rock of my life.

Today set aside your “to do” list for God for a little while. Take some quiet moments and ask Him to fill you afresh with His presence. Ask Him to help you find His purposes in your day and in your life. Ask Him to hold you through the uncertainties of your life and feel His shelter through the difficult things you face.

As you move from this prayer time into your day you will be refreshed. The filling up comes from His presence. Seek that first. It will give new perspective to the rest of your prayer list too.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Help me to make it a priority to seek your presence and listen for your voice in my life through Your Word. Help me to cease from the sometimes frantic recital of my “to do” for You and to learn to live more fully in Your presence today. Help me to seek You and not just seek things from You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.