Would you pray if everything in your life were going just as you planned? I often wonder if I would, and to be honest, I’m not sure that I would. However, I don’t ever remember a time in my life when I did not believe in God, even in my toughest of times in life I knew that Jesus loved me. I took His love for me and all that He was providing me for granted. I wasn’t thanking Him each day for anything. I wasn’t waking in the morning giving Him all the praise and all the glory. It wasn’t until later in my life that I began to build a relationship with Him.
One of the reasons I believe this took place is because of where I was in my life. I needed help. I felt like I was drowning and had the weight of the world on my shoulders. I was in a bad place. I had been in this place once before in my younger years, different but the same, they were both stressful and draining emotionally, physically and financially.
The Lord has always been my helper and I knew without a shadow of a doubt that He would again despite my sin and disobedience. “In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears”. Psalm 18:6. Why was I so confident that the Lord would help me despite the fact that I did something that I knew in my gut was wrong and not His best for me? I pushed those feelings right aside. I did it because I wanted what I wanted when I wanted it.
Jesus helped me because He is Jesus and He walks with me unconditionally just as He does with you. I believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and His promises. So, in my toughest of times the Lord “…turned to me and had mercy on me; He showed His strength on my behalf; He saved me, because I serve Him just as my mother did”. Psalm 86:15-16.
1 Pete 5:10 says: “The God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” Amen to this promise. With the choices I make there are consequences and I felt them but God knows my situation could have been a lot worse if it were not for His faithfulness because “If we are faithless, He remains faithful— for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13. In reality, none of us will leave this earth unscathed “…for affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground; Yet man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.” Job 5:6-7
I say all of this to say, that if I would not have gone through my life’s trials I don’t know if I would have attempted to build a relationship with Jesus. We all have our life’s trials but through them I say to the Lord . . . “as long as you are walking with me, I can do this” and I mean just that, so it’s not an option for me not to pray to my Abba-Father, daily.
Lord, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for you who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23. Thank you for your unconditional love and never leaving me nor forsaking me. Thank you, Abba Father. I give you the highest praise.