Many of us seek change in our lives. We go to the Lord in prayer while pouring our hearts out to him… We tend to think that the prayer sent up, will send down immediate change. We become discouraged when we’re not answered instantaneously or if the answer differs from the anticipation of what we thought the Lord would do. We even begin debating with the Lord, because we want to know what we did to deserve such hardship. We tend to forget that what takes time to break down, takes time to build up.
There are people so eager and desperate for change, that their sole focus is watching every little detail around them while fighting the changes they disagree with. (We often forget that some changes must be made in ourselves before the Lord is willing to change our circumstances.) Instead of waiting and trusting the Lord, we make the mistake of stepping outside of God’s will to get solutions to our problems. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is listening to the advice given by people who choose to not walk upright in the Lord. (These people are dangerous. Their advice should be null and void. Why pray to God Almighty, if we are going to take the advice from someone who doesn’t serve him because they are too busy serving themselves?)
Some of you reading need to remember, real change requires divine intervention if we have done all we could do and there is no more we can do. At that point, it must be handled by divine intervention. None of us are capable of changing someone’s heart or their mind. God can go in and soften hardened hearts and redirect minds back towards him.
We can’t get them from someone offering advice that isn’t seeking the Lord we prayed too. Their advice comes from a different source than the one we need. They tend to live for the moment, hold no standards higher than their own way of thinking, and use their opinion as a new moral code. Wisdom screams, ” BEWARE”, yet we are drawn to their advice… Could it be, that we don’t truly believe the Lord will change our situation?
It is easier to believe a lie when the person telling it is convinced it’s the truth. It tends to make them more convincing to us as well when we are desperate for change to happen in our favor… Waiting on the Lord to answer prayer is hard, especially when we are heartbroken over something… Divine intervention is done in God’s timing, not ours. To pray then accept advice from an unreliable source shows us we need help with our disbelief.
We are told in the Bible if we don’t believe, then test him. (Test him to see if he will do the Father’s Will. John 10:37, Malachi 3:10) Do you remember in Mark 9:23-25 the man asked the Lord, “please help me with my disbelief”?
Well, maybe that should be the prayer we begin praying…