Have you ever sensed God calling you out of your comfy boat to walk the waves beyond? Did you do it? Did you try and then sink like Peter? Or is fear holding you back from even stepping out? What’s keeping you from walking on water? Maybe you still haven’t figured out how to get your boat out of the harbor. I have days like that. I’m right there with you!
I tried to swallow the fear that surged within me, but I couldn’t keep it down. I desperately wanted to believe it was nothing, but this hadn’t happened to me before and I was already well into the second trimester.
I’m not sure which is more nerve-wracking: keeping young children from playing in the street, teaching your older child how to drive, or letting her drive alone. My teen daughter had just left the house and had only been gone 10 minutes when my phone rang. Not good.
She opened with, “It’s not an emergency and no one is dead.” I have trained her well. Relief and joy, mixed with a hint of pride.
“But it is urgent and I do need your help.” Bummer. I just got back home.
“I think I ran out of gas and I’m stuck in the turn lane in front of the gas station.” Disappointment turned to anxiety as I was already imagining her being rear-ended and seriously injured.
If I put half the energy I use worrying and fretting into prayer, I would experience much greater peace. A good deal of my anxiety comes from trying to control everything instead of just letting God be God.
What about you? What do you worry about? What might be possible if you turn it over to God with thanksgiving? What deeper level of peace could be yours right now?
It doesn’t make sense because it’s a peace that goes beyond our ability to understand, but that doesn’t make it any less real. Will you trust Him today?
This month, we are unpacking the Lord’s Prayer a phrase at a time to discover the deeper meanings hidden in Jesus’ familiar words. If you haven’t picked up your free copy of the prayer guide e-book we are using, you can get yours here.
A BETTER WAY TO PRAY
Like many Christians, I have the Lord’s Prayer memorized so when I rattle it off as written, my brain tends to put my mouth on autopilot and check out. It has become almost impossible for me to actually think about what I’m saying if I don’t pause and linger on each phrase.
My goal for this project is to move beyond mere “gimmie gimmie” prayers and experience a deeper communion with my Heavenly Father. Digging further into the Lord’s Prayer turned out to be the perfect way to do just that.
Notice Jesus said this is “how” we should pray, not “what” we should pray. He meant it to be a template for our prayers, rather than the exact words we speak. We must stretch ourselves to go beyond mere memorization and recitation.