Prayer Key to Trusting the Lord

keyIn my quiet time this morning, I spent some time waiting on God – listening for His voice – and as I listened, I wrote down these words:

I am with you — by your side, keeping you company. I’m watching and waiting for you to rejoice with Me and Me alone for I am in all things, good and difficult. Rejoicing is the key because rejoicing releases trust and that is where your life in Me needs work – trusting in Me in all things. So, trust Me. Rejoice! Stop being afraid. Rejoice! I say again rejoice!

As I thought about His words to me, I considered Philippians 4:4 which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!” (Amp)

Prayer Key to Trusting the Lord

Perhaps this verse it’s more than an invitation to praise God, it’s a command because it’s a gateway to going deeper in our ability to fully trust Him.

51jP4zQFAZL._SL500_AA240_[1]How convicted I was as I begin to recognize that I did have trust issues with God, starting with my prayer that my son, a new college graduate, would get that all important first job.  What if instead of fretting prayers like “Lord, it’s been a couple of months since Jim’s graduation, when are you going to provide the job he’s seeking?  Please let something break open soon.”  I prayed rejoicing prayers of trust like, “Lord, I know you have the perfect job and perfect timing for my son’s start date.  I’m rejoicing that you are giving him some space to enrich his life with patience during the waiting.  Help him to grow in you in this time.  I’m excited for what You are doing in his life. I know Jim’s new job is on the way. I am rejoicing in you! Thank you!”

This second prayer feels so much better, and as I pray it, it helps me to trust more deeply in God and to delight in Him.  It keeps my mind on the goodness of God instead of the fears behind my worries.

I think C.S. Lewis understood this concept when he wrote,   “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” ~ C. S. Lewis

And so it is.  Let’s rejoice in the Lord today.

UPDATE to article:  Praising God that my son got his dream job!  How wonderful it is to step away from fear and step toward God as we learn to trust him with all our heart.

Verse to contemplate: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (Amp)

Recommended Reading: When You Don’t Know What to Pray, How to Talk to God About Anything.

Why not sing along with little Sabrina – This is the Day that the Lord has Made…