Prayer and the Honey-Do List Like most husbands, my dear husband has a list affectionately termed "The Honey Do List". It's posted not on our refrigerator, but on the chalkboard in his mind. That way I have to actually have a face-to-face conversation with him in order to have an item added to the list. What does this face-to-face conversation require for success? A relationship. One built on faith and trust. God wants a relationship with His Children, not a dialogue of "God do's" with Him once or twice a day. Romans 9:15-16, "For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion." 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy." Now, I am not saying this to make ANY statement that we should not come to Our Father with our needs, for He indeed tells us to cast all our cares on Him. Yet, prayer must not solely be a laundry list of "here You go, God, now let's see some action!" Prayer is about the relationship with Our Father. And I believe you can tell much about your walk with Him by your prayers to Him. Time for me to take down that "God do" list. Father, forgive me my impertinence.
Amen and amen!
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Sometimes I simply purpose to praise and worship the Lord without asking for a thing. And sometimes that's real hard for me to do.
Great reminder, sweetie.
Love ya bunches,
Excellent point which needs to be taken to heart by many believers. Perhaps it would do many of us good to watch again the classic movie "Fiddler on the Roof" where the relationship between man and His God is so wonderfully portrayed.
I actually have a to do list in prayers to God. It's only for my benefit. God already knows what is troubling me, better than I do myself. But when I list the things I praise, the things I fear, the things that make me uneasy and so on, I realize I'm just focused on my life and world, and see how really selfish I really am. Well that the way it helps me. God gives us the 'to do list' on his mind in the Lord's prayer. That is what is really worth praying about and what should we seek to ask him for. That is my take. Good day. Amen.
I find it easier for me to remember who to pray for when I write down a list. I tell people I am going to pray for them, but then I tend to forget if I don't write it down. I do think though that we need to pray without ceasing and also bring everything to God in prayer.
I think when we are "crowded by the world" we tend to have selfish "God-do lists" and focus prayers on ourselves and our immediate needs. However, we do also need to stand in the gap for others. Sometimes I think the enemy robs us of our peace so we become too distracted to turn our prayers towards others...
Prayer encompasses much more than just petition and the element of relationship is the primary focus. There's soaking; simply chatting with God about our day; there's praise and worship; there's listening to Him too; and, there are the tears we sometimes release upon His feet... Prayer is simply Time Alone With God... and I like to TAWG alot! God does expect us to ask Him for things and there is nothing wrong about asking so long as we don't demand like a spoilt brat :). He is Daddy and as you say, "He indeed tells us to cast our cares on Him"... Thank you V for the reminder !