Do you have assurance in your prayers? As I pondered this question, I thought about the witty character, Mayhem, in the Allstate Commercials. Mayhem demonstrates what happens in various, unexpected scenarios. Mayhem is destructive and humorous, but his purpose is to encourage people to make sure they have insurance in case he strikes. We too will face unexpected events in our lives. Are we properly assured? One time, I received the following scripture as an encouragement: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NLT). At the time I did not find it very helpful but I have a better understanding of what this scripture means. The key phrase is “peace in me.” How can we experience the peace of God and maintain it no matter what? By communicating with God daily in prayer.
In Matthew 7: 24-27, Jesus shares a parable about the house built on sand and the house built on the rock. This parable is a reminder that our lives must be built on God, nothing else will stand. If we trust in ourselves, we will easily unravel when things are out of our control. If we trust in other people, we will become frazzled if their solutions are no better than the ones we could devise. When our foundation is built on ourselves, everything we have constructed will easily wash away. When we trust in God, He will always be there and He will let us know what to do next.
Just like we need insurance to keep our assets protected, prayer is our assurance of peace and wisdom to face our daily lives. We rob ourselves of this assurance when we do not make communicating with God a top priority. Many things try to rob us daily of our peace, our joy, our enthusiasm and our hope. In moments of uncertainty, I have found myself drawn to the commotion of the situation and I have missed what God was trying to communicate. I spent more time being upset and afraid when I could have conserved my energy to pray. When I have focused on God and spoke to Him about what was concerning, He let me know He was with me. I also found His rest where I experienced His peace and felt confident that He would answer (in His timing).
It is important in trying moments that we speak with God about everything we are facing. We do not want to spend so much time talking to Mayhem that we forget God loves us and that He has a plan no matter what we are facing. We are in excellent hands as we place our assurance in God and spend time communing with Him throughout the day. When we have the right type of coverage in our lives, nothing can destroy God’s promises in our lives. Before taking another step, speak with God about your day. Whatever God leads you to do through prayer, trust His advice. Be assured God’s plans for your life are good and He uses all moments for His greater good.
Today, I will gift the first three readers with a complimentary entry into my seven-day prayer challenge: Your Greatest Conversations with God. To be eligible, all you need to do is leave a comment addressing the following question: Are you confident that when you pray God will respond? Why or why not?