We’ve all heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers.” Often, there’s hidden truth to common sayings like these. Right now, it may seem like we are stuck in an “April shower,” a time of disappointment or confusion, while we patiently wait for “May flowers” to bloom and produce a sense of hope and refreshment.
If you check out last week’s blog post, you caught our introduction to October’s series on prayer. As believers, there are different aspects and avenues of prayer depending on our needs, desires and current season of life. Last week, we walked through what it looks like to approach prayer during life’s seasons of waiting.
This week, we’re taking a look at our approach to prayer during seasons when everything is going smoothly—when life seems to be on just the right track.
In these “comfortable” seasons of life, it’s easy to begin to think that we are in complete control. When we’re free of difficult situations or times of uncertainty that encourage us to call on the Lord, that’s all the more reason to turn to our Father with praise. Even when we’re comfortable, we must not let our gaze fall from His face.
The truth is—we need our Savior on the mountaintops just as much as we need Him in the valleys. Even when things are going our way, it’s important to remember that we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, guiding each of our steps forward.
God has a hand in both difficult and smooth seasons of our lives. Through it all, the Lord will hears our prayers. Even when we don’t know what to ask, He knows what we need, and we can trust that every good thing comes from our Father in heaven.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
There is an anonymous quote that reads, “When the going gets tough, the tough go to God.” At the same time, when “the going” is easier, we’re still called to take our thoughts to God in prayer. Our relationship with God can grow and change in the good seasons as much as the difficult. Sometimes, walking with Him is sweetest in the ordinary, day-to-day moments of life!
Above all, we can take constant comfort in the fact that God knows our hearts better than we know ourselves, and He will be faithful to finish the work that He has started in us.
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray. This prayer is a great starting point when we may feel like we have nothing to say.
Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. ‘Give us this day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
God gives us what we need, “our daily bread,” to live each and every day. Even on the most mundane days, the Lord is working and moving in our lives. We can trust and rest in that simple truth, for He is a faithful Father and friend.
The Lord can show His glory through even the smallest moments, the ones that we can easily miss. Once we begin to look for His work in our lives, we can recognize the Holy Spirit moving on our behalf in the ordinary circumstances.
We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
Our constant hope is in our constant God. He stands with us and shows us how to pray and recognize His voice in the mountains and valleys of our lives.
The Holy Spirit will guide us as we continue to pray and grow when life gets comfortable. Then, the next time life gives us lemons, we’ll remember to pray for the Lord to help us make lemonade!