It’s so easy to get caught up in whatever situation we’re facing at the moment and simply react to it without thinking or praying about how we should respond.
It doesn’t have to be a big, serious situation. It can be as small and ordinary as waiting in line at the grocery store or doing laundry.
To keep my mind focused, there’s one question that I’ve learned to ask myself each day, and it’s been so helpful that I now ask my clients this same question in our sessions. The question is:
Have you prayed about it?
That question is painted onto a wooden plaque that my dad kept on his desk for years. I remember asking him as a child what “it” was, and he said, “Whatever you’re saying or thinking or feeling or doing right now… good or bad… Have you prayed about it?”
That stuck with me, and all these years later, I still ask myself that question in whatever situation I’m in. When something amazing happens, I get excited and start talking to others about it, then I stop and remember to pray and thank God for whatever it is. When I catch myself worrying, doubting, or feeling afraid, I have to stop and pray about it. When I’m confused, I need to pray and ask for wisdom.
That question taught me at a young age to pray about everything because God cares about everything (though it’s a lesson I’m still learning as an adult because I need lots of practice and reminders). He isn’t only interested in the big events in our lives; He’d love to hear from us in the small events, too.
And, bonus info: God doesn’t mind when we get specific in our prayers!
He loves it when we:
Thank Him for specific blessings, even the small ones!
Praise Him in specific ways for specific attributes of His character.
Confess specific struggles.
Make specific requests.
So today, whatever you’re saying, thinking, feeling, or doing right now…
Have you prayed about it?
If we’re standing in line at the grocery store, we can use that time to pray and praise God for being our Provider and thank Him for the money to buy groceries. If we’re doing our tenth load of laundry for the day, we can pray over our family members who wear the clothes, or pray for ourselves, and we can of course thank God for so many clothes to wear and a machine to wash them all in.
Whatever we’re saying, thinking, feeling, or doing…
We can stop and pray about it.
One final tip: This question works especially well in stressful situations!
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” - Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)
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