"Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, O Lord, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me."
~ Psalm 69:15, 16
If you ask God for something, you have to make room to receive it.
I know that there have been times when I have found myself praying for something, and then realized that in order for the answer to appear, there was something about me that was going to have to change.
There was a dear friend of mine years ago who shared that she just felt like her prayers were going, "No where." She shared that she spent hours praying that God would hear her prayers and provide the answer. I remember laughing, although she was very serious, when she said, "I don't think that my words are going any farther than the room that I am in."
My response? "Then step outside of the room."
So much of the time we get caught in patterns that are unhealthy, and situations that seem to replay over and over. Sometimes the things that we are asking for in prayer simply are waiting for us to make room in our life for the blessing to appear.
We often forget that our relationship with God is to be two-sided. In that relationship we need to create places that keep time and space open for God.
For example, we cannot add one more thing to a calendar that is already filled with activities. Something has to be moved or changed in order to allow for the activity to happen.
The same goes for the things we are praying for!
Mohandas Gandhi reminds us to, "Be the change that we want to see in the world."
What are you changing in your life to allow for God to answer the prayers that you are lifting?
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.