When it comes to praying daily for me, my family, and loved ones I struggle; to be completely open with you. What I do well, is to take my prayers out of my hands and place them in God's hands. Once I put the situation or loved one in His hands, I do not continually remind Him to please take care of them. I feel if I am trusting him, I do not need to continually ask Him to help. However, I can not deny the fact that scripture speaks of daily prayer and for our persistence in it. So, where is the balance between trust and persistence? Of course, I asked God for a life picture to explain this to me. and of course, He was faithful to give me one.
When Brittne was only a few months old, I put her on a blanket in the living room while I went to the restroom. Bryce was around 18 months old and was playing. Bryce was a normal child who believed mothers should never be alone in the bathroom, so he made sure to keep the door open and check on me every few seconds. Then he was gone for at least a minute. I would have worried but I could hear him doing something down the hallway. Soon, he was backing into the bathroom and was dragging something. He had dragged his sister, on the blanket, down the hall and presented her at my feet. He was reminding me to remember his sister. Now, I know he was just 18 months old but in his simple thinking, I do not believe he didn't think I would take care of her. He had no reason to think that. I believe he just felt better knowing that she was in my presence, where he wanted to be.
Isn't that how we should see praying for others. It is not that we do not trust God to take care of them. We just want to make sure they are presented to the Lord and it is our way to bring them into the presence of God. Bryce didn't throw a fit or try to convince me to take care of his sister, he trusted me for that, he just wanted her in my view. Likewise, we don't need to beg or plead with God to take care of his children, we can totally trust Him for that. We are just bringing loved ones into His view. This picture speaks tenderly to my heart. It shows me the balance between trust and persistence. I need to trust God for His care and yet bring those I love into His presence.
How faithful are you to pray for others? Do you encourage them by telling them they are prayed for? Do you ask them how you can pray? Are you persistent? Can you join me in just bringing others into the presence of God?
So, friends, we can now--without hesitation---walk right up to God in 'the Holy Place." Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The "curtain" into God's presence is his body. So, let's do it -- full of belief, confident that we're presentable inside and out. Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out.