Help me understand the meaning of your commandments,
and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 119:27 NLT
We are now in the middle of week 7 of our #7:14 prayer initiative. This week, our prayer focus is on understanding.
A common prayer for many of us is “Why?!” Why did you let this happen God? Why didn’t you answer this prayer I have been asking over and over again? Why?! There are moments in our walk with Jesus that feel impossible to ever understand and can drive you to despair. These moments touch a whole range of our human emotions; ranging from confusion to sorrow. It is in these moments we need to quit asking the “Why?” question and instead our prayers change to asking for help: Lord, help us understand your ways.
One of the primary way God blesses us through prayer is by giving us the grace of understanding. Many times while we wrestle in prayer, we all of the sudden receive divine insight on a particular situation. We are able to have a new perspective because God has imparted to us wisdom and understanding about that situation. This understanding may result in you coming to know why God did or didn’t do what you asked, but more often than not it will result in you experiencing a deeper trust in God. We learn that He is indeed sovereign over every situation of our lives. Understanding allows us to walk with a renewed confidence that His purposes will soon be fulfilled. It might not change a thing about the current struggle that you are in, but will enable you to be hopeful, patient and give you the endurance you need to sustain you.
Understanding in the Midst of Pain
There are many times in my own life that I have had to ask the Lord for the blessing of understanding. As many of you know, my wife and I have battled with infertility for 7 plus years. That journey was and is a very challenging and perplexing one for my wife and I. This is something that we have pleaded with God for time and time again. The Enemy used this time of unknowing to make us question everything: Were we being faithful enough? Had we prayed enough? Was there some sin in our lives holding us back from this blessing? And on, and on….
It was in these moments of confusion that we had to press into prayer and re-remember that His heart towards us is good, that we are His children which He loves. While this issue of infertility is hard – He is right there by our side. So over and over again we would gain deeper understanding of both His nature and character. He spoke to us that He is always with us, and that we are never alone. This type of understanding produces trust and hope in even the most dire of circumstances. That understanding sustained us through it all to keep going, and we are so thankful it did: My wife is due to give birth to our little girl in February! However, this does not mean that we were ever guaranteed a child, rather what was promised is that He would be with us through it all. And that is more than enough!
Final Note: Posture of Humility
It is important when we seek understanding from God that we continually humble ourselves before Him. If you sit in the judgment seat and point fingers at God, I promise you, you won’t get very far. As James 4:6 reminds us, “He gives grace to the humble but resists the proud.” So a good rule of thumb is to be quick to listen and slow to speak, especially when it comes to God. As we humble ourselves before God, He will slowly begin to “connect the dots” for why your present circumstances are unfolding like they are. He wants to speak to you, we must take the time to humble ourselves, be silent and learn to listen.
So remember that when times of confusion come, and they will, our best hope is to seek His face and be reminded that He is with us every step of the way. He will grant us understanding when we need it the most. Take this week to really focus on listening to God, so that you may understand His plan for your life.
God has called his people to pray! Our families, communities, and world are in need of healing and God makes a conditional promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that we want to live out. God is calling us as his people to humble ourselves, pray, seek his face and turn from our wicked ways. Please join us by:
- Praying daily at 7:14 a.m. & 7:14 p.m.
- Fasting one time per week
- Quieting your heart 10 minutes before service to pray
- Joining us for corporate prayer at the church, Saturday 7:14 p.m. & Sunday 7:14 a.m.