This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:5)
Prayer Reflections for March 28
Yesterday, my husband and I did something we normally don’t do.
We were trying to work out a situation coming up that we were anxious about, and before we could start the snowball effect of anxiety, we stopped and prayed about it first.
It’s hard being honest about that.
It’s easy for me to go to prayer first in other aspects of my life, but when we are doing something as a team, my first reaction isn’t “let’s stop and pray.” Instead, we both get caught up in each other’s emotions and a simple situation escalates. We both don’t like that prayer is not our first go-to with each other, so we decided today that we are going to change that.
Change isn’t easy, but we are ready.
I know I’m supposed to move forward. God’s mercies are new every day. But I can’t help but think back to all the battles he and I have faced together over the last decade and didn’t pray first. It’s not that God punished us or “cursed us” because we didn’t go to Him first. It was our choice, and our consequences reflected it.
I used to read Jeremiah 17:5 as a threat. I read it as if God was going to come down from some mighty cloud and smite us for not going to Him first and instead going to things of the world. But that isn’t how it is. When we don’t go to God first, the bad consequences are natural. We could have gone to God time after time when we were worried and scared. We could have given it to God together and felt the freedom we felt yesterday. We felt a lightness after giving our worries to Him. How many times did we lose out on that opportunity that God so desperately wanted to give us? He was there, ready and waiting. We just weren’t ready.
But we are ready now. Are you? What is one part of your life where you can start trying to automatically go to God first before anything else?
Prayer for March 28
Dear Lord, I miss out on so much when I don’t come to you first in prayer. Help me always put you first and always be praying, even when the world tries to distract me. Amen.
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Jessie Synan is a Ph.D. student in Bible Exposition who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracting world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 10,000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”
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