Have you ever wanted to prove that you could do something all by yourself, without any assistance from someone else?
I have certainly found myself in that state of stubbornness before, and I’ve often seen my children exhibit that same stubbornness from time to time as well. In some instances, success was achieved, but in other cases, nothing was achieved but frustration.
But when it comes to trying to do life on our own without God’s help, intervention, and guidance, we will never achieve success. Frustration and disappointment are the only outcomes that will occur. Despite how capable we think we are at managing life’s challenges on our own, we need the help of the Master, just as I mentioned my Proverbs 31 devotion today.
We can’t resist temptations, avoid sin, or make perfect choices all the time. We can’t control our emotions, forgive those who hurt us, or pull ourselves out of a pit when we land there. If we try to stand alone – we simply don’t stand a chance.
In Psalm 19:13, David asked God for help when he says “Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.” If David is a biblical role model, even called a man after God’s own heart, and he has to ask for help, why do we think we can do it on our own?! David knew he was a sinner, and he was not only eager to seek God’s forgiveness, but eager to make good choices going forward. He knew that in order to succeed, He needed God’s help.
David knew the benefit of asking God for help, and he didn’t let his pride – or his past sin – keep him from doing so.
Maybe today you have multiple situations where you need God’s help. Maybe you’re having trouble with one of your children. Maybe your marriage is struggling. Maybe you are barely making ends meet. Maybe you are facing a troubling health diagnosis.
Regardless of why we may need God’s help, by admitting our need and asking Him for help, we open the door for Him to get to work on our behalf. God wants us to depend on Him, and by putting pride aside, we take a positive step in the direction of holy dependence.
When we refuse to ask for God’s help, we are in essence saying we don’t need Him and we can do it on our own. But oh what a lie that is. And the devil would love for us to keep on believing that lie, so he could watch us stumble and fall time and time again.
When we ask for His help, we are admitting our weaknesses, acknowledging His sovereignty, and surrendering to trust Him.If we humbly admit to God that not only have we messed up and need forgiveness, but that we need His help to keep from stumbling in sin again, we can feel confident that God is holding the reigns of our life.
If you desire for God to begin pouring help into your life, below are a few steps to help you get started on seeking His intervention:
– Spend some time in prayer, confessing to God what He already knows, but releasing your heart from regret, shame or disappointment about past mistakes, or from simply not depending on Him.
– Speak to God with humility, expressing your need for His help in a specific decision or situation, or just in your day to day life. Consciously put aside any thoughts that you don’t need God’s help, or that you are capable in your own strength, and ask God to replace your pride and doubts with full confidence in Him, instead of yourself.
– Remember that although we can tell God what resolution we would like to see occur in our problem, we need to surrender to accepting whatever help He feels is best. It’s not our job to give God suggestions, although we can, but instead trust Him to know exactly what to do.
– If you don’t know what kind of help you need or even what help to pray for, yet you know you need God’s supernatural intervention in your life, remember Romans 8:26, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (NLT) When we sacrifice our pride and seek God’s help, even if we don’t know what kind of help we need from Him, the Holy Spirit will speak on our behalf and intercede.
– Ask God for an acute sense of awareness of when He is speaking and guiding, either through a conviction of heart that won’t break loose until you heed to God’s instruction, or in a way that you will know without a shadow of a doubt was Him.
– Keep a journal of when you feel God is whispering to your spirit and giving you guidance. Spend time in God’s Word, asking for reassurance of His answers and scriptural support for what you feel you heard.
Sometimes we see God supernaturally intervening in the situations we have laid at His feet, and at other times, we may only see how He worked in hindsight. In either case, knowing that God is our helper brings great comfort and relief during the wait.
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