Today’s Prayer: Help me to give God control.
I am not sure what is about me, but I am admittedly a control freak. I am certain some deep rooted issues of being an army brat, product of a divorce and blended family but control is very comforting. When I recommitted myself to the Lord, all that control that I felt safe with was tested and challenged. It wasn’t until I realized I am not in control at all, God just lets me think I am. God is in control! I must stop trying to do it myself. Funny thing is, the only way for me to relinquish control is to pray to God to help me relinquish control. And I have to say giving up control to God is probably the most comforting thing that I have ever done.
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
It took the exercise of faith and trust and a lot of hard headed mistakes to come to this epiphany. Just like anything else, the more you practice it the stronger you get at it. When my life seems completely out of control: my weight, my emotions, whatever it is, when I am attempting to control things or situations . When I confess my sins, lay down my burdens and surrender it to the Lord, that is when the waves of calm invigorate my spirit and the boat stops rocking.
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
God loves us so much. He gives us the free will to follow Him or do it on our own. Much like a parent who could conquer that task for your child but you know that it will be a learning lesson when you allow them to realize they need to come to you to ask for help. Being weak in Christ gives you abundant strength.
I was experiencing some setbacks in my weight loss journey. I had hit a plateau and was wearing myself out trying to figure it out all by myself. It wasn’t until the Spirit inspired me to fast for a day. Just completely devote, commit and rely on God to quench my thirst, satisfy my hunger and give peace to my mind. That day was exactly what I needed to reset myself. I realized that the more I tried to do it on my own the more frustrated I became and the more discontent my spirit became. God has got this covered, not on our time but He already knows what is going to happen; the ending score of the game. He is always conspiring for us and sometimes we need to just step back and let Him do his thing. As we walk through these final days of the prayer challenge. Let us surrender all control to God on the battle of honoring our temple to God.