Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Asking For Help

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help.

James 1:5 (The Message)

When he turned sixteen they realized that one of them would need to be the driving instructor! In the ensuing weeks parental driving instruction was given with minimal questions asked by the “student” driver who took the stance that, although having never driven before, they knew what they were doing. After failing the physical driving test a few times the long awaited “How do I do this?” finally began. Dad was eager to help!

Many of us can have an attitude of “I know it already.” We’re afraid of asking questions that might reveal weakness or perhaps lack of intelligence. And, that isn’t the image we want to project! Consequently, we live pretending that we know what we’re doing. Then the image we confidently created, falls apart and we grudgingly admit that we need help.

When God created us He never intended to watch us from a distance. From the beginning it was His desire to be in communion, or in other words, conversation with us. And, because He created everything, He knew how it all worked so He made Himself available for questions. Do you think that Eve ever thought to ask God if there was truth in the snake’s words? She seems to have a moment of hesitancy but then plows on and we now live Eve’s choice of not asking God for help!

Whatever you are presently living, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is no weakness in asking, only strength in the received guidance. Your Father would love to help you.

Jesus, You were in continual conversation with Your Father.
You weren’t afraid to ask for His help, even at the cross.
Forgive me for thinking that I can do it all myself.
Help me!

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