I was browsing the internet a few hours ago when my son kept coming to mind. Over the years, I’ve come to know that when that happens, that’s God letting me know I need to pray. So I dropped everything, closed my laptop and started praying in the Spirit. As I did, God revealed that I wasn’t praying for him as I should. You see ordinarily when I prayed, I prayed from a defensive position, in that I was asking God to interrupt and stop the plans of the enemy or asking Him to protect my son or anyone He was leading me to intercede for.
But in that moment it dawned on me that I needed to pray for God’s goodness. That He’d give him favor, access, and resources. That He’d be good to my baby and as I did, I felt like crying because I soon realized that I’d never prayed that way. Not saying that I haven’t prayed that God would be good to my son, but this time I was looking at God and not at the situation. I realized Who I was praying to; a good God, my Heavenly Father, Who is love and has thoughts of peace and not evil towards me and my baby dude. The God that wants to bless my son, so much so, that He sent His Son to die so He could.
I saw in that moment that I didn’t need to pray out of fear; but out of faith in Who He is which would then allow Him to bless my baby and not just protect him. Me having faith in Him and His desire to bring good things into his life; even if Satan had plans for evil. As opposed to me being concerned about stopping the devil, I prayed that God would be God and be good to my baby.
All too often we pay more attention to what the devil is doing than focus on the fact that God is working. Psalm 112:7 says, ‘He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.’ During those times when you sense ‘evil tidings’ or you know something’s not right, instead of immediately binding the devil - pray in the Spirit and seek God on how you should pray. But don’t immediately default to defense mode.
My how good God is! That in the moment when something could have gone terribly wrong, He was able to get my attention, chastise and instruct me on what should be done. Who knows what was supposed to happen. All I know is that it didn’t and won’t because I looked to God and saw His goodness and a good God only wants to be good…all the time.
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