“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)
There’s no better mirror for someone’s theology than the content of their prayers. How you pray and what you pray for reflects what you believe about God—who God is, what his character is like, as well as his attitude toward us, his children. It is as if the words we use in our prayers are like mirrored pieces of glass, each one reflecting back our beliefs about the one we’re addressing.
For example, if you pray very small prayers, they you probably don’t really believe in a God who answers big prayers. If most of your prayers are for yourself and your comfort, then this reflects your belief that God is just there to serve you. Or maybe you’ve noticed the way someone facing a tough situation will say, “Well, now that we’ve exhausted all the solutions—all we can do now is pray.” If prayer is your last resort, this reflects what you believe about God.
Today, I challenge you to look at your prayers. What have your prayers been saying about God lately? Then, pray boldly and rely on God as your first choice - not your last option. Would you be willing to trust him enough to pray for his will and not what you think needs to be done? Praying boldly means letting him lead you - even when you can’t see where he’s taking you.
Notes from the Staff @The Woods