Posted by: mikenicholsblog | September 27, 2009

expectant hearts and prayers

Beginning a new week is like starting a new journey. You have a desired direction, but not complete confidence in how you will arrive at the “end of week” destination. Take last week for example. Did it look the same in the rear view mirror as you would have imagined on Monday? There were probably some twists and turns that were not envisioned. The problem with journey detours is that they tend to derail us emotionally and spiritually. Principles from can scripture give us the confidence we need to move beyond the daily rerouting.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

II Chronicles 16:9(a)
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

In principle, men and women of faith have security in these verses. But there is often a disconnect between our view of the verses, and their application in our lives. Every new week gives the opportunity for commitment to the Father’s purpose. In reading the words from Proverbs 16:3 “and your plans will succeed,” it has become apparent to me that the success the Father blesses me with, may be different from what I had desired. But based on the fact that I know His “eyes range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him,” the daily detours aren’t as threatening.

We all fall down in our attempts to live this way, but getting up is part of the journey. An honest question would be, “how are you committing the events of your life to the Lord?

More joy comes during our weekly journey when God becomes a priority, and doesn’t just get “fit in” when we have the time. The issue is not perfection, but a commitment to the daily process of growing with the Father.  And making that our highest priority. Look at the heart of two familiar friends from scripture, David and Jabez.

Psalm 5:3
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning
I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

I Chronicles 4:10
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would
bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be
with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be
free from pain.” And God granted his request.

David sought the Lord in the morning with an expectant heart.  And Jabez came to God with simple requests … and God granted his request. It is my conclusion that a heart like David’s, and praying like Jabez, just may be what you are looking for as you tackle the stress of each new week.

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