it’s all prayer

Posted: January 10th, 2012 | Filed under: life | Tags: | 12 Comments »

Hard days make me think about prayer. My thoughts, in general, can be summed up in: “It’s all prayer.”

I say that because I don’t think my thoughts/questions/observations are anything but prayer. If prayer is a constant sort of ‘knowing that God is with you and always speaking and always listening’ then everything is prayer. Even if it’s just a silent knowing that makes your insides look up with a child-like look that says, “Am I doing this right?…Are you proud of me?”

Life is hard sometimes. It doesn’t even have to be the big things that make it hard. It’s the little things that can bully you into a corner.

As I write this, I’m at the end of a rough day. I’ve had some little things pick on me and I’ve been on my feet against them for hours now. I could pray that things get tied up or fixed, but I don’t usually do that. I think it’s because I believe that everything happens for a reason, …for a lesson. I would rather have the lesson. I would rather go through the process without tearing my fingernails on the walls.

Bad days don’t make me feel like I did something wrong, or that God has stepped away, or that Satan is winning. Bad days are just part of life and entirely based on perspective.

When Job was going through his thing, he didn’t give credit to Satan, even though Satan was the one attacking him. He gave credit to God, knowing that it was God who had the say so over his life. This is incredibly important to understand. Job’s friends blamed him and Job gave credit to God. At the end of Job’s story, when God finally joined the argument, He said that it was Job who was right.

When people reject the idea of God allowing Satan to attack you, it’s because they can’t see a ‘Good God’ doing something like that. People make bad choices under Satan’s attack, why would God allow that?

But, they’re looking at the wrong thing. They’re forgetting who God is. His sovereignty is indisputable. It’s so much to the point that you have to remind yourself that He can be trusted and that He’s good. Everything happens under His supervision. That means you’re safe with Him.

Only what you believe has the power to destroy you. This is true because only what you believe has the power to save you. If you are missing belief, you are destroyed no matter what you do or how good you are.

It’s more than believing He existed or even believing that He is the Son of God. It’s is believing what He did. You have to know what He did before you understand any other concept in the Christian faith.

Job didn’t give credit to Satan and because of that, he submitted his fate and every speck of hope and doubt leading up to it, to God. It was complete and total submission because Job knew who God really was. He told God, “Even if you kill me, I’ll still trust you.”

Do you know God like that?

The only time I can remember someone rebuking Satan was when Jesus said it with Peter. Jesus told Peter what was going to happen to Him during the crucifixion, Peter told Jesus that it would never happen. That’s when Jesus rebuked Satan.

He told Satan to ‘get behind’ Him. He said that Satan was an obstruction because he tries to get people to rely on their own understanding of God and not open up in submission to what is not able to be understood.

You cannot reason with the understanding of God. He’s God. He knows everything beginning to end. You cannot reason with that, you can only submit to that.

If God is in control, then your circumstances are God’s will. You can’t submit like that if you don’t know God like that.

Isn’t submission what prayer is? If you’re giving thanks, then you’re giving credit. If you’re asking for help, then you’re recognizing Who has control. Submission is prayer and if you know God, then you’re submitted. It’s impossible to not be. Therefore: It’s all prayer.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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12 Comments on “it’s all prayer”

  1. 1 EileenMK said at 10:36 am on January 10th, 2012:

    So true, Serena. God uses everything to teach us lessons and to grow us and shape into who He desires us to be. Loved your last paragraph. "If you’re giving thanks, then you’re giving credit. If you’re asking for help, then you’re recognizing Who has control." Amen!

    My recent post Never Beyond- More Than Your Mistakes

  2. 2 serenawoods said at 11:27 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    Thanks, Eileen. 🙂

  3. 3 Shannon said at 11:27 am on January 10th, 2012:

    encouraged!

  4. 4 serenawoods said at 11:27 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    good. 🙂

  5. 5 JasonWert said at 1:42 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    Right on!

    My pastor made an interesting comment this weekend about prayer. He said that prayer is pure sacrifice on our part because our flesh gets nothing from our stopping everything else to pray.
    My recent post Giving control of your family to God

  6. 6 serenawoods said at 11:27 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    love it.

  7. 7 MarisaShepherd said at 2:04 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    Beautiful truth Serena. I always wanted to know God like this and I would try with all my might to find Him. May I suggest to anyone reading this that if you are longing to know God like this and don't, that you ask Him to show you where you're at, to take you back to where you are real. (Serena, I've had the quote, "He's waiting for you back where you're real," in my head and didn't remember who said it. Well, it was you of course, I happened to see it in my official Stack of Stuff yesterday.) You, like me, probably don't realize you're not being real. I wish I had prayed this before learned the hard way that I was trying to present myself as something I wasn't so God would accept me. I wish I knew earlier that it was OK, and in fact required, to come to Jesus as I was, trusting Him with me (humility), and anything less wasn't real. He isn't interested in saving nicely painted mannequins, but He is always willing and ready to rush in to save deeply flawed, and painfully real people. Jesus is truth, He lives in a realm of truth. That means if you don't even know if He's really there, than tell Him. If you don't think you have any faith, then tell Him. If you are sick of rules and religion, then tell Him. If what you know is wrong seems to feel right, tell Him. Ask Him to show you truth. This is what He's always desired, Truth in your inward parts. Jesus took on your shame from the wrong you've done and the payment for the hurt others have caused you so you could turn back to Him, unhidden and free, and receive His love and grace. It's His gift. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast – Ephesians 2:8-9
    Salvation is not a subscription, ticket to heaven, or a side dish to life. It is finally coming into the realm of truth as you are, not as you should be, and being loved by your Father who will never leave you or forsake you. It's submitting yourself in trust (like a little child) to His wisdom and guidance that will free you into a life eternal, starting right in the here and now.

    What if nothing is as it first seems to be, and you haven't even yet begun to breathe?

  8. 8 serenawoods said at 11:30 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    Beautiful!!!!
    Thank you, Marisa.

  9. 9 Amy said at 7:28 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    "Even if you kill me, I'll still trust you." Now THAT is amazing truth. And a level of trust I'll confess I struggle with many days.
    My recent post New Year, New Medicine Chest

  10. 10 serenawoods said at 11:32 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    Many do, Love. It's a terrifying truth. It's a liberating truth. Hard learned, hard lived. More than a conqueror because He said so.
    He said so.

  11. 11 Stephen_T said at 10:18 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    There you go again. This post is such an obvious example of what you often do. So forgive me if I don't just let it slide this time and say nothing. If 100 well intending writers entitled a post, "it's all prayer", we would find 99 of them amongst the friends of Job, offering the cleverest of insights that point us to the christian.

    (But Job sought the Christ, because he understood his real need.)

    So here you go, leaving the 99, reaching out to the one whose need cannot be met by finding the next insight, but by being found by a Savior. And because of that, the message you so often bring is one that ultimately points us, not to the christian, but to the Christ.

    One thing is needful, and you display in your writing a heart that wants for us to choose the better portion, the part that will not be taken away from us.

    "It’s believing what He did. You have to know what He did before you understand any other concept in the Christian faith." — Love it!

  12. 12 serenawoods said at 11:35 pm on January 10th, 2012:

    Stephen_T, I always absolutely love when you share your thoughts… I can tell you're a writer.
    Thank you.


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