May of this year was probably one of the best months of my life so far. I experienced game-changing moments and I am just so optimistic for all there is to come in my life. Each day, though I woke up with a smile on my face and I also got the revelation about just how important it is to pray when you’re down and when you’re up.
Life is cyclical. There are ups and downs and believe me, when you’re up, the enemy is plotting and scheming on ways to bring you down. (John 10:10). Now for me I didn’t experience any particular downfall that made me realize that I needed to submerge myself in word, but really just a whisper from the Holy Spirit. See, the goal is to be as even as possible in life. In order to not be moved by what we see as the Bible instructs, we have to be diligent in taking the highs in stride, just like the lows.
I would venture to say that it is more important to stay prayed up when things are going your way than when they are not. It’s so easy to call on God when things are going wrong, you’ve hit rock bottom, and you can’t remotely see yourself getting out of a situation. I mean even non-believers are known to squeak out a prayer when they’re really in trouble. But the faithful will call on God and praise him even in the moments when all is well.
Our prayer is a conversation with God. A vehicle to get things from him and to pour your heart to him. Imagine your friend that only calls when things are spinning out of control in your life. I don’t have to spell it out for you. God wants to hear from you all the time. Bottom line. Talk to him. Tell him when you’re afraid, when you’re excited, or when you’re not sure of the next steps. We should seek him all the time.
We cannot coast as believers in Christ. Every single day is a battle. No one just wakes up automatically in the likeness of Christ. It takes time, practice, rehearsing and remaining in the word. Day and Night. That’s 24/7, 365 days a year. That’s when your career is on the rise and when you don’t know where the next paycheck is coming from. That’s when you’re madly in love and when you don’t know what happened to the person that you fell in love with. At all times. We are most vulnerable when we allow ourselves to coast in our faith. “Fight the good fight!” That means in every moment we are fighting for our happiness, for our joy, for our peace.
Let’s talk about it. Are there times when you are only seeking God when things are going wrong? It’s okay. At any moment, we have the opportunity to turn it all around. Tell me about it in the comments.
Scriptures to reference:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
For we live by faith, not by site. 2 Corinthians 5:7