Romans 1:1-15; 1 Samuel 8; Psalm 54
How often do I hear (or say) things like “When all else fails, pray,” or “Prayer is my last resort.” I can’t help but wondering about that attitude. If prayer is so great as a last resort, why don’t we try it sooner? One of my problems is that I am so independent and want to do things for myself rather than depending on God. When I do things that way, I need God to bail me out of the mess I make.
David reminds us that “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” What would happen if we started each day with prayer? What would happen if before we even began our planning for some project we turned it over to God and sought His help from the beginning? Imagine how much easier things would be if we got God’s help to do it right the first place instead of asking God to bail us out when we messed up.
Unfortunately, in my case, as much as I know I should seek God’s guidance before beginning any task, I tend to forget because I am so anxious to get going. Sometimes I realize and ask for help before I get too far into things. Other times I have to seek God to bail me out. The amazing thing about God is that He always loves and He always helps. I just need to begin experiencing that help sooner rather than later.