Ephesians 3:14-16 MSG
“My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit – not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength”
As a woman and a mother, I’m naturally gifted in the art of worrying. It’s a skill I’ve been honing and crafting for years. Day after day, I would spend countless precious minutes fretting and scurrying about, wondering when the next shoe would drop, and life would hurl another curveball my way. Now, I of course know that this is not a skill I should be adept in, but unfortunately this is the case.
As women, we worry. A healthy dose of worry can be beneficial, it keeps our children from touching the hot stove or running out into the street. It helps us remember to turn the oven burner off before we leave the house, and to blow out the candle we left burning in the bedroom. On the other hand, what is not healthy is allowing ourselves to become consumed with anxiety and allowing it to control our lives. Fear should never be the number one decision maker in our lives.
Paul experienced his fair share of some pretty nasty situations, yet he declares in the above scripture “my response is to get down on my knees before the Father.” What an incredible statement to make. I can just image this physically worn looking older gentlemen, faced with yet another trial, humbly dropping to his knees in surrender. His first response always being communication with his heavenly Father.
Rather than worry, pray.
Rather than fret, pray.
Rather than becoming anxious, pray.
Rather than wallowing in self-pity, pray.
We can humbly drop to our knees, fall flat on our faces if need be, and pray. Always pray. Prayer is the conduit that transfers us from feeling defeated, to experiencing victory. The victory may not be the obvious winning of the battle, but your perspective will change as you hand it all over to the One who can surely turn it around.
God, please help change my perspective today. I want my first response to always be to bring it to You, and to allow You to speak into my life.