Trusting God Means Praying Continually

Trusting God Means Praying Continually

I’m a couple months into my “year of trust” now, and it’s been interesting to me how often I used to spend time on worrying about things. When I find myself obsessing, worrying, wondering…. I turn to God in trust and this means prayer. This means, praying throughout the day. Praying whenever I feel myself getting caught into negativity. Praying when I’m about to make a decision. I’ve done all these things in the last week alone, so prayer has been a constant for me.

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  • During a recent hospital visit, I was nervous and scared and found myself praying for my procedure, for the people working on me, for the other patients…
  • With someone that treated me disrespectfully, I prayed about what to do, what to say, how to draw a boundary and how to say “enough” while still supporting this person and loving them.
  • When having a decision on what I wanted next in my career, I prayed for guidance, prayed before every phone call with prospective agents, and prayed that I would make the choice God wanted me to make.
  • In getting good news that was unexpected, I prayed a prayer of thanks.

 

This “just trust” attitude keeps me looking toward God in a more urgent way. I’m drawn to the King James Version of this verse:

Pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

Just keep praying. With people that challenge you, with situations that confuse you, and with times that worry you…. keep praying.

What I have found in all this is comfort and confidence. I have this wise counselor in God to take my concerns to, all of them, and I know He will give me what I need. This week He gave me courage to speak kindly but directly, make a decision by getting the information I needed and then trusting my “gut” (which I believe is really God guiding me), and put aside worries about one certain client and be open to whatever may come next.

Continual prayer has helped center and calm me.

I’ve always prayed, but this is different. I like that this word of the year reminds me, again and again, to stop getting into my own head too much. Like when I have doubts about my skills, when I lose confidence in myself, or when (as also happened this week) I was offered something really great and instantly thought, “Can I do this?” I have to keep going back to God, not just during the designated times I did before (early morning to start the day or before a meal) but because I need the counsel and comfort of my Lord, my God.

I wonder if I even realized before how great it was to have access to God all the time. No waiting. No signing up or taking a number. Just… right now. You need to talk? He’s here.

 

 

Cherie Burbach About Cherie Burbach

Cherie Burbach is the founder of Putting on the New. She is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She’s written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. For more, check out her website.

Comments

  1. Great post, Cherie. I’m so thankful I can pray anywhere, anytime.

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  2. Thanks for the post, Cherie! Pray without ceasing! Vital!

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  3. Thank you, Cherie. I needed the reminder. My husband and I may have to make several major decisions soon (or maybe not – this is an excruciating time of waiting!), and I need to return time and again to my Savior and seek His counsel.

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    Cherie Burbach Reply:

    God bless you, Linda. Hope all the decisions come easily.

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  4. Laurie Driesen says:

    Love this post Cherie, it’s the practicality that is so helpful. I also pray throughout the day but really, there are times when I get upset or worried and just dwell on that for a while (without praying). Your post is a great reminder to pray unceasingly. I love how you were determined to pray more because of your theme for the year. May we all be as determined!

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