Chit chat with God
Psalm 68:20 Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, not sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night.
Acts 4:12 “Nor is the salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…
I love to walk, and find when I walk alone, I pray and chit-chat with God. Often, I notice some of the blessings—birds, flowers, or some other blessings He’s put in my path. Other times, I am honed in on a particular worry or concern, or am praying for a need for a family member or friend. Some needs are long term and require keeping the needs in my prayers for a long while; others seem to be answered quickly. Sometimes, His help may require an alteration in the prayer since circumstances may have changed– now there is a loss and the person needs comfort dealing with the sadness associated with it, or something else alters the circumstance.
But I find I walk more as I commune with my Father and I believe God answers prayers. I tend to listen better when I am away from distractions, and enjoying Him and the blessings around me.
There are times it takes longer for some prayers to be answered than others. Sometimes, I wonder if God is ignoring a plea or His timing is just not my timing; or perhaps my prayer is not to be answered according to my will, but as He wills it. When He deems it is right, the prayer will be answered.
It seems I have a bit more patience when I am waiting for a personal answer than when I am waiting for an answer for someone else. I guess because I have realized how selfish I can be, and strive to not be, and also I have learned God does not work on my timeframe. (I’ve also prayed for an increase in my patience…and it seems He has given me a modicum more!)
But when I am concerned for someone else, my old sinful nature of impatience surges forth, and I want the prayer answered now. I realize this is because I harbor an uneasiness that they will not accept God’s invitation to accept He alone is God and He sent His Son to be our sole salvation. I do not want to think of those I care about not acknowledging His sovereignty and spending eternity is the lake of fire. I know where I will spend eternity, but certainly I want that safety for the people in my life who I love. They are all good people with large and loving hearts. But their salvation is not guaranteed because they are good, generous, loving people. Yet there are some who don’t believe and think my belief is not totally founded. Ok, we can sputter about verses, and so often…but as of now, there remains an unbelief. That burdens my mind, and I pray for their salvation continually.
Regardless, I appreciate my time spent with Him, whether walking or studying the word. I feel better having regular prayer time, reading His word and peeling back the layers and how they apply to me. It is amazing to see how a verse I’ve read repeatedly, sometimes seems as though it was just added to His word. Suddenly, to my mind as it is specifically applying to my life and faults at THAT time. It brings me peace and comfort, and reminds me to slow…go with the flow…and wait for His perfect timing. Patience leads to peace, and I find great comfort in that peace.
God, thank you for reminding me it is best to wait on your perfect time for all ‘mybe