Have you ever prayed with doubt for the very thing you were praying for?
We will be the first to admit we have. Actually more times than we can count. Prioritizing God, our marriage and our family was always important to us, but we really doubted if we were ever capable of keeping that balance.
Our to-do list never seemed to go away. It seemed like the list just kept growing and growing every day. As much as we wanted to put God first, we were too tired to wake up early, or we always had somewhere to be first thing in the morning.
Our thoughts were; we’ll just pray in the car, and purpose to connect later that evening. However, the inevitable happened. Evening rolled around and by then, we were tied up with the kids, homework, dinner, cleaning the kitchen, night time showers, and what do you know… it’s time for bed. And we started all over again the next day.
Then those infamous words came spewing out of our mouth… “God knows our heart.”
Our intentions were to do the right thing, but let’s be real, intentions will get you nowhere without action. We all know that Hell is filled with people who didn’t intend to go there. They probably intended to get right with God before they died; and as harsh as that may sound, it’s the truth. Our intentions will only get us so far. One must act!
This hit home for us when we were reading James 1: 5-7 (AMPC) “If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord…”
Ouch, don’t let such a person imagine he will receive anything from the Lord if he asks in doubt. That rained on our parade real quick. That was such a slap in our face to say hey wake up, get it together. You want time with me, don’t just pray about it, seek me and act like you believe it. You want time with your spouse, pray about it and make it happen. You want financial breakthrough, pray about it and act like you believe what you asked for.
And we did just that! We wrote a list of what we needed, and desired. We wanted so desperately to see change in our marriage, our finances and our relationship with God. We searched scriptures to back up our desires which we shared in our family confession blog. We began making small changes in our lifestyle to reflect what we were believing God for by putting action behind our intentions, our desires and our prayers.
Before we knew it, God was opening up our schedule, and freeing up our morning to have designated devoted time with Him. We implemented couch time to catch up with each other about our day and with our children. God even gave us wisdom concerning our finances; things we could cut out, cut back, and ways to increase our income without pulling time away from what matters most.
Our mentors told us when we prioritize God and do what we know to do, God will honor us for honoring Him.
If there is something, you’ve been intending to do, we encourage you to seek God for wisdom. Start acting on what you can do, and watch God grant you the desires of your heart.
~ André and Timberley Gray