BY: LYNNE DYER
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE TEXT: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” –Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I have so many family members and friends with serious life issues right now, that I could literally pray 24-7. So many of God’s answers are either “no” or “not now.” For me, it’s awfully easy to make these prayer requests into gods. I go to sleep thinking about needs so I pray. I wake up thinking about the same needs so I pray. These needs invade my every waking thought so I pray. I don’t think this is what God meant when He told us to “pray without ceasing.” Can you imagine what your closest relationships would be like if every word out of your mouth was a request, a pleading? Our family members and friends would get tired of us really quickly. Thankfully, God doesn’t get tired of hearing from me, but I do envision Him shaking His head because I don’t get it.
But if I pause and listen for that Still Small Voice, God whispers, “I didn’t say no; I said know.”
All these needs that invade my thoughts are flashing neon signs pointing me to a closer relationship with God. When I feel stressed by life, I need to tell God, and then I need to seek a closer relationship with Him. He doesn’t want me to be stressed; He wants me to walk more closely with Him. When I walk on His path, I still turn all my requests over to Him, but then I feel peace because I know that all those outstanding requests are in the hands of my Father who loves me perfectly.
Please help me to remember that you know all the requests I am going to bring to You before I bring them. I know you want to hear what is on my heart, but you also want me to seek to know You more apart from all my needs. Teach me to seek a deeper relationship with You.
In Jesus’ Name,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynne is wife to Ronnie, mother to Rachel and Matthew, stepmother to Ginger, grandmother to Sarah-Beth, TJ, and Carson, and fur-mom to Jake and Nala. She is employed as a project manager for Resource Recovery Consultants. Her favorite activity is spending time with family and friends.