A prayer marked by faith

I don’t know about you, but I go through times where I feel like God is hiding Himself. I pray and I seek – yet it seems like I don’t seem to find. Do you ever feel like that? If I’m really honest with myself, I would have to admit that the object of my praying and seeking has probably been more on the “getting” rather than the “seeking first His kingdom and righteousness.”

Thanks to the reading of Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg I have been praying for “wonder.” As I have been praying this, God has been showing up in my life in wonderful ways. It’s as if the past several weeks has been a series of connecting the dots of His presence. The weird thing for me is that I really didn’t recognize Him then. Why? I wasn’t really seeking Him. I wasn’t really looking or expecting to see Him.

I’m thankful for the grace God gives. The grace to cover sins and the grace to be patient with me and my often mis-guided-selfish prayers. I have a renewed sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s work in and around my life. Margaret points out in her book that,

A prayer marked by faith is never about what happens on our terms or time lines, but God’s. Faith-stained prayer brings us to a place of trust and hope.

If you aren’t in a place of trust and hope, I am praying today you will find that place as well. Take a moment to pray, asking God, to show up in your life today in a way that is real and personal to you. I’m praying you will be filled with his Spirit from the inside out. I’m asking God that you will have an opportunity to give His love to someone else today.

What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (Matthew 6:31-33, The Message).

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