It was an early morning run. My friend and I met up, shoes laced and pavement ahead. Running can be therapeutic, especially with a friend. As we ran, we talked about life, about God, about our struggles and our victories. Friendship is a beautiful thing and I'm very thankful for this friend.
That morning she shared how she had been praying and praying about something for years, to the point where she was beginning to get discouraged about this one area in her life. I listened. Then, two words, almost counter intuitive, rose up inside of me. They could seem shocking or even blasphemous...
I'm sure my friend thought I had lost my mind on the last hill during those three miles.
Before you start thinking this girl just took the oxy out of oxymoron...
"Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with His own presence, His Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does He do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust Him to do them in you?" Galations 3:5-6 MSG
My point is actually not to stop praying. In fact, that would be not be Biblical. We are called to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thes 5: 17). However, what does praying without ceasing look like? Isn't is just continual conversation with the Lord about all things, then trusting Him to work out everything together for our good? (Romans 8:28).
Yes. Pray. Please. Pray. But... After you have prayed, there comes a time when you must enter in His rest and just trust.
Does the Lord who lavishly provides you with His own presence, His Holy Spirit, working things out in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does He do these things because of your striving or because you trust Him?
The answer is simple. Trust.
It isn't up to you! Now, that is liberating!