The Lord was reminding me this past week that “Prayer is not worrying with your eyes closed.”
In fact, when I’m anxious about something or when I feel pressured to have an answer right now, He is often much slower in answering (and sometimes He doesn’t even answer at all!). But when I joyfully hand Him my situations in faith that He will do something awesome (because awesome is Who He is and what He does!), and then lean in close to see where He’s headed so I can go there with Him, His response is most often immediate and even miraculous.
Isn’t that interesting? Philippians 4:4-7.
Sometimes we think that if we use the right prayer recipe, we’ll get just the blessing cookies we want. But it’s not like that. You see, with the Master Chef, “making cookies” is more about the making than the cookies. It’s about being together with Him, listening to His voice and letting Him talk me through the recipe. It’s about enjoying Him and tasting each new “ingredient” along the way. It’s the sweet moments when He adds something unexpected into the batter, or when He cleans up the messes I’ve made and brushes the flour from my cheek. It’s being surprised and delighted at an outcome only the Perfect One could have cooked up. Psalm 34:8.
I hope that encourages you to draw near to Him through whatever trial you’re facing today. To listen to His voice, follow His lead and walk with Him through it all, even if it’s not a path you would have chosen for yourself. Proverbs 3:5-7.
He’s making something beautiful, delicious and inviting out of your life–a fragrance that draws others in to taste and see that He is good. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15, Psalm 34:8. He’s kneading and turning and adding and shaping… And you and everyone around you just might be surprised at the outcome. Philippians 1:6. It may not be what you had imagined He would do. But it is always good. Romans 8:28.
For no matter what He is doing—and He is always doing many things through every circumstance—He is always drawing you closer to Himself.