In this world, we are bombarded with the idea of pursuing our own plans. To the point that I talked about it the other day in my post about pursuing what makes us happy. We are constantly told to chase after what will make us happy. So I want to re-visit this idea in a slightly different light.
Something I’ve incorporated into my life in the past year or so more than ever before is really taking the decisions in my life to God to see what He’s telling me to do. To try and follow the direction He is pushing me in. After all, He knows everything, He’s going to know what I should do a lot better than I ever will.
But for a long time when I thought about these prayers about the decisions, I realized I was praying about it the wrong way. I got it right in so far that I was actually praying about it, but I was asking the wrong question. Or rather, I suppose I was telling God what to do. I don’t remember exactly when this came to me or who gave me the idea, but here goes.
See, whether we realize it or not, a lot of times when we take decisions to God in prayer, we already know in our own hearts what we want to choose. As a result, it’s not uncommon to start the conversation with God on these decisions in a manner such as, “God, whatever path I choose, bless that path.”
We ask God to bless the things we do and choose to do. I still stand by the fact that it is still good to be bringing God into that conversation first and foremost. But we’re missing a major point.
We know already that God knows the plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). In the very same verse, God also states that these plans are good, and for our benefit, not our harm.
Disclaimer: I understand many are sometimes peeved at this verse being taken out of context. But I do believe it holds true that God individually knows His plans for us and that they are good plans, so this verse applies.
If we listen closely to what is being said in that verse, God already has a plan that He has blessed for us. The path is laid before us. It’s not to say God can’t use the times that we wander off of that path and need reminded to get back on it, but He does indeed have a good and blessed plan for us.
So many times, we ask God to bless our choices and the things we do. But we miss out on asking God to lead us to the path that He has already blessed for us. We put so much stress on ourselves trying to figure out the right plan, and then make sure that God’s “okay” with it and will bless it. Instead, in deep and thoughtful prayer and conversation with the Father, ask how to do it. Ask what needs to be done.
Think of it this way. If you are learning to ride a bike for the very first time. There’s no doubt that you could figure out a number of ways on your own to eventually reach the end-goal of knowing how to ride a bike. But how much easier is it when you have someone alongside you, guiding you, not letting go of you.
See, that’s the other beautiful thing. God promises us that He will not let us fall:
“For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
How beautiful is it that we worship a loving Father who, even if we begin to fall, promises that we will be caught and be protected in all of our ways? The love of the Father does not get much greater than this.
To God be the Glory.