Monday, July 23, 2018

Don't Ask God for Clarity

I can’t get this out of my head.  A small story I heard recently.

Someone asked Mother Theresa to pray for them, and in what direction, they should walk, in their future. They asked her to pray that God would give them clarity.

A prayer I’m familiar with. I’ve prayed that prayer. I’ve asked others to pray it for me.

Yet, in this story, I heard that Mother Theresa told the gentleman “no”. She said she would not pray for him. Because to ask for clarity - meant that he would not walk in faith.

He would not walk in faith.

That sentence has settled into my bones.

How many times have I failed to walk in faith? How many times have I sought answers so that I would know what to do… robbing me, of a time of growth with my Lord?

If I know what to do, if I know which way to walk, and if I know what God’s answer will be….. I have no reason to follow Him in faith. And faith is everything.

I choose to ask for the easy way out. Clarity. Instead of simply trusting, that God will direct my footsteps, as I walk in faith.

Such a big difference, and a big oversight on our part.

We are strangling our faith. We are pushing it aside in the quest for signs, wonders, and rainbows.

We look for a clear “BIG CALLING” on our lives, instead of simply living faithfully day to day.


We need to grow our faith. Lean on our faith. Trust in our faith. 

And trust in our God instead of beckoning for answers, before we embark on any journey.

I’m not saying we ought not to pray. We should pray. Fervently. Boldly. And with open hearts. But then we should begin our quest. Trusting He will take those prayers, and guide us along the way.


Yes. It’s everything,


quietspirit said...

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." Paul doesn't mention clarity or clearness of purpose in this verse. Where did we pick up the idea?

Unknown said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing this! :)