I have the habit of constantly calling God for everything. God please help me to wake up in time so that I don't get late. God please help me to catch the bus. God please help me to eat properly. God please help me to walk without falling. God please help me to reach home safely. God please help me do this. etc.,
Recently, when it was raining, I prayed God please help me walk without falling. I immediately remembered the verse Psalm 91:12 "They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone."
I was thinking about the organization between "the prayer from me" and "the promise from Him". The way they were made to be in Harmony. Knowing that my heart's needs, He had the promise ready.
Then, I started thinking, what are my Heart's usual prayers - I don't want to be hurt or afraid or sick or be let down in front of others or alone or lost.
I thought the bible verses corresponding to these,
Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Psalm 34:10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Psalm 91:10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
It is never that God has to prepare any new promise for me. He knows my needs and He has all the promises readily available for me. He gives it to me when I ask for it. He has a long list of promises, starting from birth to youth to adult to death and after. These promises meet all personal, professionaland spiritual needs. It takes care of the wellbeing of the Body, Mind and Soul. Actually, living His promises will take longer than my possible life span. My prayers are so tiny as compared to what He is capable of. He is such a marvelous God.
I wondered, if God has all the promises ready, then why do I have to keep asking Him? Why doesn't it come to me by itself?
It is actually a Joy to ask to a Father like a Child. And He will be more than happy to give me. I can testify about it saying that God has given me. It helps me to know my needs and refine my prayers. It helps to be focused on what I am asking and what He is giving me. I keep checking if I am aligned with the will of God. It helps me to grow in the relationship with God, and learn the right way to Pray and Praise Him. Some prayers get answered immediately; but a few prayers take years. Also, sometimes God gives me time to grow in Faith so that I am able to reach the Promise. It keeps me in the continuous process of Transformation. It helps me to be Fruit bearing Tree.
I liked these thoughts, they are very smartly observed ... and you remind me a bit of Philippians 4:6 in what you've written!
Also, thank you for taking me back to read Psalm 91!
"Because he loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honour him."
Wishing you blessings of peace and grace.
In the natural a father maybe aware that their child needs help but oh what joy they experience when their child lifts up their arms and cries out to them, "Father, help me!" or specifically seeks them out, bringing their problems to their father to solve. When we cry out to God, we acknowledge who He is ... and who we are.
[quote]I wondered, if God has all the promises ready, then why do I have to keep asking Him?[/quote]
May be, just may be, we do not really believe that God will do as he as promised - a little piece of doubt nudging in. Such reminds me of the children of Israel in the wilderness with no food or water so they complained rather than stepping out trusting God to care for them.