“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16 (NIV)
What are you looking at? What has your attention? What is your heart and mind and life focused on? I’m not quite sure what you are asking me? Do you have a heavenly or earthly perspective? Are you trying to solve your earthly difficulties with your own earthly resources? What does that mean? Are you relying on yourself or are you relying on me? I guess I have been relying on myself. You guess? If you haven’t been asking for my help, you have been relying on yourself. Have you been persistently and consistently asking me for my help as you have gone through difficulties in life? If I have asked you for your help at all, my prayers have been one and done. That’s not good. Why is that? Why do you think? You want me to live a life that is vitally connected to you in prayer. You want me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I do. Do you want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with me? Yes, I do. Then we both want the same thing. That is very good.
I want you to think of difficult circumstances differently. How so? I want you to see difficult circumstances as opportunities to refocus your perspective. I want you to see difficult circumstances as opportunities to draw nearer to me. Difficult circumstances will help you to know more certainly if you are living and walking in an intimate relationship with me. Difficult circumstances will help you to refocus your prayers so that you will be consistently and persistently asking for my help. Do you understand what I am saying to you? Yes, I do. You want me to come to rely on you. You want me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to look to you for my help. You want to hear and answer my prayers. You want to grow my faith. You want me to keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. You want me to have a heavenly perspective as I go through earthly difficulties. You want me to learn to rely on you rather than on myself. Yes, I do. Yes, I want all of these things for you. Will you look to me for your help? Will you keep your heart and mind and life focused on me? Will you trust me to help you through every difficulty in life? Will you believe that I will hear and answer your prayers? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I know that I have been tempted to look at difficult circumstances with eyes of fear and doubt. I have been discouraged and wanted to give in and give up. Instead, give me eyes of faith that will rely on you and your help. Amen
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