Day 13 Scripture Reading: Judges 13
Key Verse: “Then Manoah prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born.'” (Judges 13:8, ESV)
Have you ever wondered: Why pray?
To be honest, I’ve struggled with doubt, and at times it has discouraged me from praying. I’ve never doubted God’s ability to carry out His will, but sometimes doubt enters my heart when I think about my prayer affecting God’s plans.
Fully believing in the sovereignty of God (His wisdom, authority, and power to carry out His plan completely), I’ve been wearied by the idea that my prayers might be completely unnecessary.
Surely God’s plans don’t require my input?
Don’t get me wrong. I talk to God all day, and I listen too. As Paul would say, I pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). But thinking about the hard things stops me in my tracks.
Will my mother’s cancer come back?
Will broken family relationships mend, or get worse?
What will life look like when we move to the new city?
Questions like this make my stomach hurt. Often, I’d rather tuck them away in the dusty corners of my mind.
Sometimes I just don’t want to dwell on the hard things.
I used to think that it was humility in me, and patience, that said, He’s got this. I trust Him to deal with all the details. But more likely, there is a part of me that is afraid when I pray specifically, that God’s answers might be hard for me to hear.
I’ve learned that, while I don’t like dwelling on hard things, burying seeds of dread allows them to grow. On the other hand, when I speak my fears to the Lord, He comforts me. When I tell Him about the desires of my heart, He gives me peace.
The Lord already knows all my anxious thoughts, but something in me needs to say them to Him.
I love our key verse today. Manoah approached God humbly, in need of His help, but with confidence that He would respond. His attitude mirrors what I’m learning: We need to be humble, so we can accept God’s will in every situation, but we need to be bold, so we can walk closely with Him.
Jesus was sent to meet all of our needs and to show us how to live. He said that we “ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).