Week 36 Word: Diligent in Prayer
Week 36 Text: Hebrews 4:16
Written By: Whitney Putnam
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)
How many of you just turned off at the word “diligent?” Aren’t most of us trying to diligently clean the house? Or trying to step onto that treadmill? Aren’t we all continually trying to seek better parenting methods? And, am I the only one constantly putting down that fourth cookie because I simply cannot wear leggings every day?
Can’t a girl catch a break?
And yet God calls us to be diligent in prayer.
He asks us to approach the throne of grace with boldness so we might receive mercy. Why? Simple. Because He loves us and wants a relationship with us. But we all know that, right?
Let’s talk about messy diligence, shall we?
Just the other day we had a play date. I am getting to know this friend, so I cleaned the house in preparation. I didn’t go crazy and pull out the vacuum, but I did run around the house, threw some panties in a closet and filled up the junk drawer with who knows what. I wanted it tidy before our new friends arrived. Call me crazy, but no one needs to smell that hidden peanut butter and jelly that has grown a bit moldy at the bottom of the toy box.
After the hurricane of “crazy clean-up mom,” our friends arrived and we had a wonderful time.
As I reflected upon that visit, I thought how much that reflects my life with the Lord. I act as if He is just a visitor in my life and I must tidy up before I can let Him in.
Truth is, God dwells within me and already knows my every thought. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I go from your presence?” (Psalm 149:7) As believing women, “we are sealed by His Spirit” (Ephesians 1:13) and He is “our counselor” (John 14:26).
Yet, I still run around trying to clean up as if I have a visitor coming. How silly!
God doesn’t ask us to diligently pray to Him when everything is cleaned up and calm. In fact, He understands chaos is more than likely our norm. We are living in a broken world, which is why He calls us to Him. He longs to heap mercy upon mercy over our heads so we can live free even in our worldly mess.
Stop trying to stuff your junk drawer full, as if God is outside, knocking at your door. He is already sitting on your countertop, curled up on your couch, preparing a warm bed for you and leading you to peaceful moments. Go forward and seek Him diligently in your mess.
He is waiting to serve you mercy and grace.
1. Recall a time you went crazy preparing your home for guests. Was it that year you hosted Thanksgiving? Or was it the new neighbors coming over for game night? Hopefully you can laugh about it now, but just how crazy did you go? Reflect on how “tidying up” made you feel. If you are willing, pick up the phone and ask one of the guests to reflect on the evening and see if they mention anything about how clean your home was…
2. What are you currently “cleaning up” before the Lord? Speak it out loud, and boldly ask God to remove this boundary between you and Him.
3. Pretend God is sitting on your countertop. What does He see in your life? Someone at peace or someone trying to control every aspect of life without ever stopping to acknowledge His presence?