What is it about grocery stores? Sometimes I feel like I spend my life there. I run to the store just to pick up a few things and a day later, an hour later, I’m thinking of the things I forgot to buy. While I’m shopping I see things I know I’ll need but I think “I should already have that at home.” But when I get home and check the pantry for the ingredient, I find I’m all out or at the least, I don’t have as much as I need. I know taking the time to check the pantry and make a shopping list would have been smart instead of assuming I had all the ingredients I needed. You would think by now I would have figured out that you can’t get everything you need if you assume you already have it all.
Approaching a grocery store not admitting what you need can lead to frustration. Approaching the Lord not admitting what you need can lead to misery. I’m amazed at how many people with strong prayer lives omit all sorts of things they should be praying for just because they don’t think they need God’s help.
Think about that early morning time when you’re going over in your head what’s coming up in your day. Are you exhausted thinking about all that needs to be done? Sounds like you could use some strength. Are you dreading your 2:00 meeting? Maybe some peace would help. Are you worried about a possible confrontation on the horizon or are you facing a financial, or health decision? A little heavenly guidance might be just the thing. Are you facing a day of trying to not eat too much, drink too much, shop too much or work too much? Why would you think you should be able to handle any of this without God?
I don’t know about you but for me there’s this proud voice inside of me whispering…”I should be able to handle this.” On the surface this sounds like good old fashion self-reliance. Self-reliance can be a good thing but should we be self-reliant with God? Psalms 32:8 says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” You will notice that nowhere does God say you should handle anything, ANYTHING without Him.
When you admit to the Lord what you need, your self-reliance moves to the side so you can hear the guidance He hungers to share with you. Let God instruct you in the way you should go. Let Him counsel you and watch over you. Do you honestly think God hears your prayer and thinks “Really? You want my help with that? Surely you can handle this one by yourself.” NO. God always wants to help. Don’t let your prayer life become a series of quickly dropping in to get a couple things you need. There is nothing the Lord wants you to do, and no where He wants you to go without His help. Amen