"Have A Little Chat with God"- Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - submitted by Dianne Prince
There are times when we are reluctant to ask God for what we want. From the anxiety that nags our spirit to the inability to find a parking spot, many times, we fail to remember that we are to ask God for our heart's desire. We forget many times that we serve the most powerful God in the universe. We serve a God who has the power, a God who has the means, and a God who is willing, ready, and able to help us.
God’s Word commands us not to stress over anything; but, to talk to Him about everything. Everything means just that, the whole thing, the current situation, and the aggregate total. That means we are to pray to God about anything—no matter how large or small. Paul tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
No matter how trivial or how impossible the state of your affairs seem, God wants you to talk with Him about it. Have a chat with God about your desire to live a life of great faith with no worry. Talk with Him concerning your fears regarding how a situation might turn out. Have a discussion with Him about your illness and your desire to be healed. Tell Him about your contrary spouse who disagrees with you about everything and your desire for a relationship laced with love and harmony. Let God know about your deepest desire that you have not shared with anyone and ask Him for what you want. Tell Him how you want to live a life of financial ease and ask Him to bless you abundantly.
In our Scripture today, Solomon is dedicating the newly constructed temple in Jerusalem. His first order is to pray. Solomon prayed, "0 Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way." (2 Chronicles 6:14) As Solomon led the assembly of Israel in prayer, the first words out of his mouth were to recognize the vastness of God’s power, and the enormity of His presence. His petitions included a wide-range of conditions. Though his prayer included a variety of situations, he was specific and he included prayers for situations that seemed impossible. He prayed for protection from crime, from enemy attacks, from drought, from famine, and from the influx of foreigners, war, and sin. (2 Chronicles 6:2-39)
Like Solomon did, God wants you to recognize His unlimited power, rely on Him to do the impossible in your life, and to be specific when you pray. Yes, He knows what you need. However, prayer is your way of letting Him know you are depending on Him and you recognize you can do nothing apart from Him.
Regardless of what difficult challenge you are facing today, God is concerned about you, and He wants you to boldly approach Him through prayer. He is waiting, He is listening, and He hears you. Do not allow the intensity of your situation to discourage you from asking God for what you need. He will supply your needs, and at the same time, He will grant your heart’s desires.
Do not allow the longevity of your calamity to cause you to doubt God's promise to deliver you or His ability to take care of your nagging problem. As your Father, His job is to meet your every need, to protect you from being destroyed, and to carry you when the heaviness of life weighs you down. So, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).