Lately, Madelyn, almost three, has asked me to let her sit in the car without the child car seat. After presenting her arguments, I said, “Miss Madelyn, my answer will always be the same. You will be using your car seat.”
She sighed, “I try.”
I laugh each time I think about it. She has adopted Tricia’s skills to convincingly argue anything. It’s what made Tricia a great lawyer. I’m pretty sure Madelyn’s “ask” will be refined over the years. We will have to be on guard when she presents her case. The thing is . . . there was a time . . . I realized Tricia had presented her argument with such expertise that I gave her what she wanted rather than what she needed. I learned to listen to the meaning behind the words and to be wise in my response.
The way my kids asked for things often reminds me of how I ask God for things.
I’ve learned God always listens to my need and always responds; however, the answer is not always what I want or even understand, despite how hard I try to convince God that my way is the best way.
There’s always more to God’s answer . . . which is always God’s best . . . always wise . . . always good . . . and always beyond our understanding. Prayer always requires trust.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know’ (Jeremiah 33:3, NIV).
Prayer requires the decision to turn to God, trusting when we call to Him that He will listen and answer with great and unsearchable things.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Early Church, giving his view on prayer:
For I know that as you pray for me
and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me,
this will all turn out for my deliverance
(Philippians 1:19, NLT).
Paul understood there are no limitations when it comes to God answering our prayer; the impossible becomes possible, the old becomes new, and endings are transformed into new beginnings. And. We are not in it by ourselves the Spirit of Christ helps us through it all.
As we pray, we need to trust God will not only deliver us but personally free us from whatever has constrained and hindered us, remembering His ways are better than our ways.
- Put it on the life list: Pray, trusting God to listen and to give the best answer.
Call out to God.
Trust God to listen.
Trust God’s answer is God’s best.
Trust the Spirit of Christ to help and deliver you into freedom.
Learning to Kickstart the day praying with trust.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
Sermon: The Name