A Prayer-Sized Challenge

Praying specifically about a problem creates a lighter load. Many of our anxieties are threatening because they are ill defined and vague. If we can distill the challenge into a phrase, we bring it down to size.

It’s one thing to pray, “Lord, please bless my meeting tomorrow.”  It’s another thing to pray, “I have a conference with my supervisor at 2:00 PM tomorrow. She intimidates me. Would you please grant me a spirit of peace so I can sleep well tonight? Grant me wisdom so I can enter the meeting prepared. And would you soften her heart toward me and give her a generous spirit? Help us have a gracious conversation in which both of us benefit and your name is honored.”

There! You have reduced the problem to a prayer-sized challenge! As God’s children we honor him when we tell him exactly what we need.

 

Max Lucado, from Anxious for Nothing