When you pray is it a causal thing? When you pray is it a passive thing? When you pray is it an occasional thing?
Is it important to you? Is it impactful to you? Is it necessary to you?
Consider what you are praying about… Consider how important it is and the proper response… Consider much it means and requires and what the right response should be…
Praying isn’t a casual thing, but rather it’s time spent talking with God. Praying isn’t a passive thing, it’s an active thing and in some cases pro-active thing so that we can get the wisdom and direction and instruction from God, necessary to deal with something! Praying is an all the time thing! We may pray differently depending on when we pray, why we pray, and what is going on, but it’s not an occasional thing!
Today’s Reading: Joshua 7:6-9
6Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until the evening, he and the elders of Israel. And they put dust on their heads. 7And Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord God, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would that we had been content to dwell beyond the Jordan! 8O Lord, what can I say, when Israel has turned their backs before their enemies! 9For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it and will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?”
Joshua was dealing with something big and had a big response in how he prayed! It was like a full contact sport! He ripped his clothes! He fell to the ground! He laid on the ground face down wanting and needing God’s answer! He threw dust on His head because of the distress he wanted to convey! He wasn’t making it casual, He was being purposeful in order to show God that this was important to him. He was needing God’s wisdom to be able to move forward! He wanted to make sure that whatever it was He was needing to do and was supposed to go in the future that it would glorify God’s great name!
Where are you at today? Is it routine? Consider a change of posture! Consider praying in that new way and then waiting to hear from God! Don’t just say it and get up and go on your way! Wait on Him! Joshua waited and God answered him…
10The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? 11Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. 12Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you. 13Get up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the Lord, God of Israel, “There are devoted things in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you.” 14In the morning therefore you shall be brought near by your tribes. And the tribe that the Lord takes by lot shall come near by clans. And the clan that the Lord takes shall come near by households. And the household that the Lord takes shall come near man by man. 15And he who is taken with the devoted things shall be burned with fire, he and all that he has, because he has transgressed the covenant of the Lord, and because he has done an outrageous thing in Israel.’”–from Joshua 7
God can provide direction and instruction to help you with what you are facing! Do you really want to know? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone, out of your routine, and then wait upon the Lord? How far do you have to go before you will consider it? How bad does it have to get before you will submit yourself to God and be willing to wait upon Him to answer?
Will today be the day?