39 Inviting God

Last time we talked about an alternative to perfectionism. Part of finding an alternative involves prayer and listening to God. Here are some thoughts on prayer.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20

In attending a workshop entitled Scripture-based Prayer as a Counseling Intervention with Kathryn A. Steele from New Orleans Theological Seminary, I (Marguex) heard Kathryn say that inviting the Lord into our times in meeting with others can be powerful. She was speaking to those of us who work in helping others to see God’s way through the hurts and troubles of life. As she spoke these words I was reminded of the truth that was spoken to me in my process of healing. God is a gentleman. In the above verse we do not read, “I burst the door in and take over.” He waits for us to hear His knock and open the door. My mother had a depiction of this verse on the wall in our dining room. There is no handle on the outside of the door on which Jesus knocks.

This is a powerful truth. God will not grab control. He waits for us to yield to Him. He then indwells us. He fit us perfectly. As we contrast this with the times we have given ourselves over to the enemy’s control, we see the great difference. The enemy grasps and grabs for control, taking what he will with legalistic vengeance when we offer our mortal bodies over to wickedness in any way, shape or form. His “fit” only brings ill health in our beings. Again, as we yield to God, He brings our life into alignment with His will (the works He prepared for us to walk in, Eph. 2:10). Just as our physical back can be brought into alignment and causes other ailments to cease, God continues to align us internally, thoroughly so we walk uprightly.

So, having this concept in mind, as I was listening to Kathryn, I was realizing that what she was saying about inviting God into the process was profound. What if that is what prayer does? If God is a gentleman, then is He waiting until His people call Him into situations in this world? Is this why He wants us to pray? Is it why He said, “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”? (II Chronicles 7:14) Will our land only be healed if we cry out from our hearts? (Hosea 7:14)

Do we, as His people, stay the hand of God? Can we, as His people not only move the heart of God? More, can we move His hand? Keeping in mind that He is a gentleman let’s pray that we do His will here on earth as the angels do His will in heaven.

Inviting Him into our world,

Marguex Woodrich (and Noah, too)

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