Thursday, May 19, 2011
So you've decided to trust God. You've surrendered your problems, faced your fears, and "cast" your burden. Only, what seems like moments later, your faith seems to have gotten snagged on doubt and despair and once again you're grasping onto the fear that God can't be trusted. You're not alone. All steps of faith are met with resistance. The walk of faith can seem like you're taking each step in quicksand. The very next step, if you even make it there, seems certain to take you under.
We've all declared, "I'm letting go and letting God," but seldom do we. Our faith feels like we're on more of a roller coaster ride with God than a "journey." But, we'll go round this mountain and continue in the valley, until we get it. "Getting it" means CONTINUING to surrender and cast your burdens each and every time the enemy reminds you of them. It is a "fight" of faith . . . there are no "knock outs." There will be endless "rounds." With each step of faith we take, the enemy will be right there to meet us . . .to remind us of all the pain, suffering, and unknowns. He'll ask us if there is any evidence that God is working on our behalf and if He is truly trustworthy. Don't be fooled by what you "see" . . . we're to trust in the "unseen." We're to trust in God, regardless of what our circumstances tell us. And God will allow us to be tested in this area, until we "get it." We must continually declare our faith, constantly cling to His Word, and faithfully trust that He is at work using ALL THINGS for good.
That being said, as I've struggled in this area . . . I came across a "Letting Go" prayer written by Linda Evan Shepherd in her book, "When You Don't Know What to Pray." When I don't know what to pray, this is the prayer I will pray:
I've made a decision to trust You with my circumstances. I hand all control to You. I know that all things work together for the good of those who love you. Therefore, I'm willing to live through this difficulty, in Your strength and in Your power. I thank You that these very circumstances, which I've found difficult to bear, are being used by You for miracles beyond imagination. I give You my worry, regardless of how things look, feel, or seem.
You decide the outcome.
Thank You that this is now Your problem
to do with what you will.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.
And with that said, prayed, and my heart surrendered . . .
I'm "letting go."
| Top ↑ |