Monday, June 13, 2016

Trusting God When You Don't Understand

The following is from my new book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray?
In the TV show 24, Jack Bauer is a special agent with the Counter Terrorism Unit. He’s always involved in a highly secretive plan that requires him to call the President of the United States to ask permission for a highly classified assignment. The President asks Bauer, “Jack, what exactly are you planning to do?”

Bauer answers, “Mr. President, you don’t need to know and I don’t have time to explain. Please, I just ask you to trust me. I promise I’ll do my very best to resolve this problem.” The President always gave him permission because his trust in Bauer was greater than his need to know.

Whenever we’re going through a trial and don’t understand, we’d like for God to explain why it’s happening. Instead of giving us clarification He says, “You don’t need to know. I just ask you to trust Me.” When you're devastated, your trust in God must become greater than your need to know.

Prayer’s fourth purpose is to let go of your problems and hand them over to God. You aren’t praying to get something, but to get through something. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray” (James 5:13 NKJV). You’re going through a divorce, a loved one passed away, you’ve lost your job, or you’re under extreme stress. Prayer is how you release your burdens to the Lord so you can find peace of mind.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Paul does not say that getting the answer to your request will give you peace, but just turning your request over to God is enough to calm your soul. (Hendrickson Publishers 2016, p.193-194).
READ SERMON:  Jonah 1—“Unwelcome Assignments” (Jonah didn’t want to do what God asked)
MY NEW BOOK: If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? Some things in your life will not happen unless you pray. CLICK HERE to read chapter one.

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