104 Relinquishing

We want what we want when we want it, and we want others to be happy when we get it. We may pray earnestly God gives us what we want and feel disappointed when we do not receive it in our time frame. We might get insistent and demanding with God. In these times we need to relinquish control to God.

He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet, not my will, but Yours be done.” Luke 22:41

Relinquishing prayer does not mean we let go of all our desires. Rather, we pray for what we want in an attitude of humility, not demanding God to grant our request, but asking for our heart’s desire and leaving the answer to God.

Today I read about Dorrie, a Filipino young woman who exemplified relinquishing prayer. She took a ride on the ship Christopher. A furious storm sank the ship which had no life-boats and far too few life-vests. Dorrie swam poorly and had no life-vest. She clung to a piece of floating wood from the ship. After sinking and returning to the surface three times, she saw a large fire extinguisher floating at her. She held it in one hand and the wood in the other. The storm and waves had separated her from others. She sung to the Lord as night approached and prayed. She saw two bras and had a sudden insight to use them to tie together the wood and extinguisher. She then leaned upon them. By early morning she was exhausted and dehydrated. When a sudden rain fell, she said, “Thank you, Jesus!” and drank it. After another three hours she was so weak that she prayed, “Lord, I’m ready to die in the sea to be with You, but I’m also ready to live to serve You. You choose, Lord; Your will be done.” Two carrots floated to her. She received a bit of strength from eating them. Half an hour later, seventeen hours after the ship sank, she was rescued.*

Relinquishing prayer involves opening our hands rather than grasping for what we want. We hold loosely the things we want and allow God to work in our hearts as well as our circumstances. We present our requests to God not knowing how He will answer. While waiting, we thank Him for His goodness to us and find “the peace that surpasses understanding.” (Philippians 4:7)

Receiving His peace,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement.

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*Robert Doorn, The Filipinos Are Coming! pp. 39-41


101 Magic Bullet Prayer

Many times in our lives we hope for “magic bullet” prayers which guarantee God would grant our requests. For example, we cry, “Papa, please help my car to start.” You know I need to get to work on time. You command me to work, and where You guide, You provide, so make it start right now! I claim victory in Jesus’ name!” If we could just say the right words and have deep enough faith He would give us what we want.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”   II Corinthians 12:8-9

If God always said, “Yes,” to our magic bullet prayers, we would feel compelled to pray over every difficulty we hear until we found the “magic bullet” that would finally convince God to solve every problem to our satisfaction. The responsibility for the problems of family, friends and even the world would weigh on us. Intense pressure would obligate us to find those just right prayers to achieve our view of “success”.

This sounds like perfectionism.

If we could persuade God to always say “Yes,” then we could manipulate God. To think we have this power over Him involves great pride. Continuing for some time in this thought, we would find ourselves trying to manage the whole world. That job is already taken.

“With great power comes great responsibility.” If we knew that with just the right prayer we could get a “Yes,” we would continually feel guilty for not spending all our time looking for “magic bullet” prayers. We would feel a severe demand to find that “magic bullet.”

God reigns over the universe, and He is not giving His job away. He will decide how to answer our prayers. Thank God for that! We are not in charge, He is. It would be “Heaven” in our view if we could get all our desires fulfilled. Heaven will be here—in God’s timing.

I thank God for the times He has denied my requests. That reminds me that I am not responsible for everything. God is in charge and that for our good.

Many of us have prayed hard and long for our hearts’ desires. We use every prayer we can think to apply to these situations. We claim God’s goodness and His power, and still, “No,” or, “Not yet,” is the answer. We cannot rush God. Any, “No,” except those with a time element, could be a, “Not yet.”

In His word, God says, “I will…” He will cause it to happen. We do not have the power to make God change the world. When we let God be the One in charge, we relieve ourselves of a burden that is not ours to bear. We give responsibility back to God by praying relinquishment. It may sound like this, “Father, I give this issue over to You, trusting in You to work Your will in this situation.”

Learning to accept my limitations in humility,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching/Shepherding Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.

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89 Waiting

The twenty first secret to humility is Waiting.

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.  Proverbs 16:32

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to…to live self-controlled…lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…  Titus 2:11-13

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  Colossians 4:2

I hate waiting.  Actually, I despise it.  I have as long as I can remember.  I hated waiting in the lunch line.  I hated waiting for the bus.  I hated waiting in line for a ride at fairs.

I felt like I was being held captive whenever I had to wait, especially in a line.  If I could sit and wait, such as in a waiting room for the dentist, I could at least occupy myself with reading a magazine.  Still, I would feel stuck.  I was somewhere I did not want to be.  Waiting involved being forced to do something I did not want to do, even when that meant I was being forced to do nothing.

The point behind this secret is that we need to yield our will to that of others.  For example, in the line we yield to the people ahead of us.  We also become part of that line.  In the same way, the others behind us need to yield to us.

I used to take some comfort in watching a line behind me grow even as the line ahead of me decreased.  It was like payback; I got to laugh at those behind me.  “I had to wait so long, and now you have to!”  I liked it even better when I saw that others had to wait longer than I did.  My wife says, “Insert villain laugh here.”  Of course, laughing at other people waiting missed the power of the secret.

Waiting can develop humility in us if we will allow ourselves to release our frustrations to God and allow our hearts to become serene, as we trust in Him.  We need to let go of an attitude of resentment.  We need to learn to be satisfied where we are while we wait for what we need.  Knowing that we have everything we need for life and godliness helps us to learn patience.

As to our spiritual development, we need to open our hearts to the hope of becoming more like Christ.  We wait for God to do His work in us.  While we wait, we can watch what He is doing and thank Him for it.  We can pray that He continues to do His work in us.  Consider, we want God’s presence which we can have anywhere at any time.

The church has been waiting for Christ’s return for almost two thousand years.  Imagine this:  Jesus Himself has been waiting to come back.  He has been very patient in His waiting.

Watching and waiting,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

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