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A Song & A Prayer

Hillsong-Oceans

Have you ever had a song, or a poem, or a quote that you just couldn’t get away from? I don’t mean one of those earworm songs that gets stuck in your head and drives you crazy. I mean something that clearly God wants you to hear, or see, or read…something He will continue to place in your path until you stop brushing it off as coincidence and realize maybe, just maybe, God is actually trying to tell you something?

In the last few months I have really felt God stirring my soul and confronting me with the truth that I tend to stay where it is safe, and let fear and uncertainty hold me back, rather than leaning on my faith in Him that He will carry me through. The truth that if I would stop worrying about myself and my own comfort so much, He could use me for really great and incredible things in His name. I want so badly to move beyond my fears and let Him lead me where He wants to use me.

And in comes this song I just can’t get away from. For the record, I really don’t listen to Christian radio and am largely out of the loop on what is popular in the Christian music scene. So it’s not like this is a song I can’t get away from because it’s played all the time on the stations I listen to all the time. This has been brought to me through random blog posts, comments in other blog posts, Bible studies, friends’ Facebook posts…all unrelated, and all this song. So I finally listened to it and there God was, telling me once again to let go of my fears and grab on to Him.

I’m certain I am not the only one who has listened to this song and made it his or her prayer. It’s a scary prayer to pray, because God is so good in taking you to those places you aren’t comfortable when you ask Him to. But I know my God is good. And it might be tough, and it might be scary, but He can use me in this place of discomfort…this place where I can’t rely on myself but instead must truly trust in Him. I just pray I will keep praying this, and not fall back into my meek and fear filled ways. Lord help me to be bold and be a vehicle for your glory to touch others.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

–  “Oceans” by Hillsong –

Helpless to Save

Have you ever just felt so helpless and unable to save the ones you love the most? There is something so crushing about watching a loved one who  doesn’t recognize that the pain they are choosing to endure is unnecessary pain. That they have the power to recognize a beautiful world with so much promise if they would just believe in the strength they have been given through God.

I’ve probably already said too much but I just want to put this out there for anyone who might be facing something that seems insurmountable at the time. God tells us that He has plans for us to prosper and that He is our refuge in times of trouble. When David was being hunted by King Saul he called on God and God delivered him from Saul’s clutches again and again.

But we have to believe. We have to truly believe in our hearts that God can, and will, do what He says. And we have to trust that if God is with us, then nobody can be against us.

Whatever you are facing, know that you are not alone. But you have to listen  or you will miss out on the prodigal grace that God so lovingly gives. It’s there, you just have to receive it. Sometimes God’s answers don’t look or sound the way we want them to, and it can be so hard to follow, but know that there is a greater plan than any of us could come up with on our own.

I’m sorry to be too preachy tonight, but this is just weighing heavy on my heart. Don’t settle for less that God wants to give you. Think of all the beautiful things you will miss out on.

photo: Seattle Municipal Archives
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