Why is it so hard to admit we can’t handle all the STUFF In our lives on our own?
That’s the short answer.
How many times have I asked friends and family to pray for me as a last resort? Why in the world would that be my last resort??
I’ll try all sorts of things to resolve challenges on my own. When nothing works and I begin to feel desperate, I ask for prayer.
Why does it take me so long? Basically, because I’m too proud to air my weakness. And I don’t want anyone to think I’m being dramatic. Now, I’ll be honest, I like attention. But I like positive attention. You know, the kind where people look at me with admiration rather than pity.
I’ve confessed before to my praise addiction. Asking for prayer does NOT feed it. As a matter of fact, it does just the opposite. Having a challenge I’m unable to overcome on my own does not make me feel competent or admirable.
I could flip this and say it takes courage to ask for prayer–and that’s admirable. Except . . . it shouldn’t take courage to ask for prayer. Asking for prayer should be our go-to, gut reaction to problems.
In our ladies’ Bible study, we share prayer requests and have a sort of “rule” that you can’t pass and say all is well, you don’t need prayer. Because we ALL need prayer pretty much ALL the time. Big issues, little conflicts, medium-sized problems–we’re never without at least a few. And if there’s a day without a challenge, well then, prayers of praise are equally in order!
I have a tough week ahead dealing with an ongoing health issue. Would you pray for me? Because I can’t fix this. Only He can and thankfully he’s given each and every one of you access to His ear.
Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.