Thursday, June 27, 2013

God Is Not Just a Wishing Well

I realized recently how often I ask God for things. How often WE ask God for things.

“Please help me be strong.”

“Please, God, protect me.”

“I ask that you heal me.”

“Lord, please help so and so today in their big job interview.”

“Please solve this problem I have.”

We ask. And ask. And ask.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong in asking God for things. In fact, He tells us we have not, because we ask not. And I believe He wants us to come to Him with our requests. He loves to bless us and show us His glory. He wants to enlarge our faith when we pray bold and audacious prayers.

My concern is – that that seems to be the only time we talk to God. When we have something to ask of Him.

And God is not just a wishing well.

The God I know and love so dearly, wants a relationship with me. He wants me to listen to Him speak too. He wants my thankfulness. He wants my praise. He wants me to spend time with Him. Not just come to Him with all my requests and wishes, daily.

The other night, I couldn’t sleep. Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I start praying. This time, I just started thanking God for everything I could think of that He had done for me.  I fell asleep with peacefulness in my heart and a renewed sense of how loving my Heavenly Father is. For it reminded me of just HOW much He does do for me, all the time. Big and small. General and detailed.

I do want to grow my faith. I do want to be strong. I do want so and so to have their prayer requests answered as well. But I also don’t want to limit Jesus. I don’t want to limit Him to simply being a wishing well that I wish upon when I have the need. I want to be loved by Him and I want to love Him. I want to hear His voice and see Him move in my life, not just because I asked Him to, but because I have a close enough relationship with Him to simply see Him at work! I want to recognize His hand when I see it moving.

Our God is far bigger and greater than we could possibly imagine. Limiting who He is is like limiting the sun to a bright yellow drawing on a paper.

It does so much more. It IS so much more.

As is, my God.

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