Sunday, May 22, 2011
Resting With Him
Sometimes the best-meant teaching about what we're supposed to do in prayer and what's supposed to be accomplished actually cripples us. We're taught to approach the I AM in battle readiness and to make the crazy attempt to organize the universe on His behalf. He may indeed direct us toward some prayerful work with Him, He may share with us His thoughts and feelings about someone or something, as He did with Epaphras in Colossians 4:12-13.
But being with Him, being convinced by Him about Himself and about ourselves with Him is the highest accomplishment before any direction or sharing. Most of the time He convinces me that He has actually made and arranged the universe and planned out everything already so I needn't fret; in fact, He has made me. He convinces me of my fit with Him, which baptizes me anew in love and delivers me from fear.
How important is that?!
God re-takes the lead in prayer, which usually means that I have been seduced into a position in the world and in my daily doings that makes me the burden-bearer or the load-puller. I love having that exposed! It means I’m about to be delivered, revived and restored. Any direction or task that follows that finds me securely and delightfully yoked with Him. And that means I'm resting in Him.
For me, that's the best there is.
(This follows my post from Friday, “A Reviving Homecoming.”)