via Daily Prompt: Permit

I have so many thoughts and ideas running through my mind.  I have to choose what I permit to stay and what I must bring captive to the obedience of Christ.  That leaves me praying for wisdom and a guard over my mouth.  Thankfully, He is faithful to provide a whole army when I need it!

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

When you see the Lord moving and you see things coming to light that you have known about and had to sit with and quietly pray about for so long, you can’t help but get excited.  The Lord is moving, stirring things up, revealing things that need to be healed and restored.  People are getting free!  I’m finding myself having to sit back with my hand over my mouth and see things from a perspective that maybe I wasn’t mature enough to see when I first started praying.  God knows what He is doing!  He knows what must happen to bring things back into alignment with His will.  He knows our hearts and that is where I must rest.  He will only allow the amount of chastisement needed to bring us to the truth of ourselves.  My therapist once told me that I can choose not to have to be in the belly of the whale.  1452014_jonahAndTheWhaleA_Standard_GDEThat makes so much since!  I do have the choice to quit digging in my heels, humble myself and pray.  We all fall from time to time and when we do, we must repent, stand back up, and keep walking forward in Christ.  If we will only humble ourselves and pray, if we will ask Him to search our hearts and show us any wicked way in us, He is faithful to do it.  If you are feeling like you are drowning in the belly of a whale, Pray! Pray! Pray! so you can get out of there! Sometimes we feel helpless when our back is against the wall and our world around us is falling apart.  But the truth is, sometimes we have contributed to our situation in ways we don’t even want to admit to ourselves, much less to anyone else.  Other times, its someone else’s situation and we feel like we want to rescue.  It can be hard to not try to “help” where the Lord has not sent us to help.  I am a natural rescuer so sometimes I have to crucify that part of my flesh and stay out of God’s way so He can work.  I’ve had to learn that if I want to have visions, then God has to be able to trust me with them. He gives them to me so that I can pray.  That’s it.  Just pray.  Sometimes, that is hard.  It hurts to see other people hurt.  But, the truth is, I don’t have the answers either.  I only have the key – prayer.  1511425_primeKey_Standard_GDEThe key to open the way for God to move is really all any of us have until He releases us to participate in some other way.  He doesn’t need me getting involved in something that isn’t my battle.  Good grief, I must not forget how many times a day He still has to help me!  He just needs my prayer.  If someone you love is hurting today, if they have been sideswiped by fearful circumstances, then the best thing you can do for them is pray.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  James 5:16

They need you to pray.  Because prayer does change things!  Pray for mercy, pray for strength, pray that they will have ears to hear, eyes that see, and a heart that is tender and responsive to God.  Pray that everyone involved would seek the Lord first, and be obedient to His direction no matter how that feels or sounds to the human heart.  Because He will bring all things to light in His perfect timing, and He will redeem!  He is a redeeming God who wastes nothing.  Maybe today you need to climb up on Abba Father’s lap and just pray.  Tell Him all about it when you can’t tell anyone else.  Isn’t it wonderful that when the floor drops out from under us that we have a Father who loves us extravagantly? 1661704_lovinMeA_Standard_GDE