I don’t believe any prayer with a right heart is too trivial or insignificant to God.
What I do struggle with is the shilly-shallying part.
I know what God’s word says, but sometimes I let fear and doubt creep in. They are master creepers too. Like those super quiet ninjas disguised and they just jump right out and before you know it they are swirling ninja stars at your head. I was a pretty good dodger in my dodge ball days…. but those red balls rarely hurt as I can only imagine what a ninja star would feel like. Yikes!
Lately, the Lord has been telling me – “No Divided Loyalties”- you cannot say My word and declare something if you really don’t believe it or Me. You live by My ways or the worlds ways -but not both.
So I can’t just cover up my shilly-shallying with another prayer of -Lord, I believe – help my unbelief?
Nope, It’s all about growth, believing, trust, and your heart.
I can pray that prayer genuinely – but not as a cover up for my unbelief and doubt, which is how I mostly use it.
God has been speaking so many truths and revelations to my heart lately and one He is speaking very loudly to me is that if I take God at His word for all His other promises, why do I think some things are just beyond His control? I am being double minded and that is not the mind of Christ.
I have wrestled with this in my own life and in my own healing, and I am also seeing it wrestled with by many of my friends and family too.
So today’s 15 of 15 of My Fasting Experience downloads, these two verses were unpacked to bring me back to reflect on many answered prayers and many unanswered prayers.
I started to think back that when I was not double minded and let the doctors, or specialist, or opinions of others sway me, or my own pre-judgements, deter me; I actually saw God move some incredible mountains.
So today was a confirmation for me that we take EVERYTHING to God in prayer. We ask the Holy Spirit to help us when we don’t even know how or what to pray. We ask the Holy Spirit to reveal ANYTHING that is hindering our prayers, and repent and rectify those things. We keep declaring His Word over our situations and asking those mountains to move. We have No Divided Loyalties- and there is to be absolutely none of this shilly-shallying mess going on.
Lord, help me to have no divided loyalties when it comes to You, my life, or my prayers. No fear or doubt when it comes to You and Your word. Reveal to me anything hindering my prayers. Show me if a spiritual conflict is delaying Your answer. Show me how to fight these battles that rage with Your Holy Spirit and Your Word. Give me boldness to declare Your promises over anything and everything in my life and in the lives of others without any doubt. Thank you for answered prayers and unanswered prayers. Help me to trust that You work EVERYTHING out for my good. Let me remember to take it all to the throne and not the phone. To vent it all vertically and keep my heart free from anything that would take place over You. Thank You for giving me ALL power and authority over the enemy. May I continue to suit up in Your armor daily to fight the good fight of faith. In Your Son’s Mighty Name. Amen.
~XXOO Michelle Bollom
Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you have it; it’s yours!~ Mark 11:24 TLB
Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” ~ Mark 11:22-25 MSG
It is God’s will to remove mountains of resistance or denial from our life. God has the power to do miracles – but not as a result of a positive mental attitude. The God of the kingdom in our recovery is the God of the impossible. If we want God to work a miracle of healing in our life, we cannot just pretend to believe. We need to admit our helplessness and put our life into God’s hands. He will then walk with us as we face each new step in recovery. ~Life Recovery Bible
We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:28 CEB
Prayer is listed in Romans 8:26-28 as one of the ways we improve our conscious contact with God, and Paul assures us that the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit is at work within us as we pray. We are not left alone to work out our problems. As we entrust our life to God, He directs the events of our life, even the painful ones, for our good. He can turn even our mistakes into the means for our growth and blessing. ~ Life Recovery Bible