This Blog was written by Lynda Glasgow
Is there something in your life right now that you are dying to have behind you? Maybe this last month-ish of school?! Or writing a paper that's going on forever? Or just needing the refreshment of summer sun? Ohhh do I get how you feel.
Some of you may know that my husband and I have been renovating a house. All school year. It's now gone on two months past our longest estimate. I'm dying to be done. We're so close too! But I'm tired, I'm missing people, my brain can't hold any more information, and I just want summer!
The other day, I went to the house, and despite needing to work double time, I was a snail. No motivation. No clarity on how to move forward. Frankly, I've been having a few too many of those days lately...
My usual solution? To literally get down on my knees and pray til I find myself back in His presence. Up until now this has cleared the fog and set the train back on track. Not the other day.
It was so bad I couldn't get focused enough to pray. Pea-soup-fog brain. I tried multiple times. I walked around the house after every prayer attempt, hoping my next project would jump out at me. Then I went on a chocolate run. And a futile attempt to pick up some supplies. They were out of stock. Sigh.
By the time I was back to the house, I'd lost over an hour of work. I was at an impasse, and something had to change. In my best effort to pray I just said: "Jesus, I can't do this!" And suddenly into my mind popped a visual of me calling a friend of mine. So I did it, despite feeling concerned because I knew she was busy.
But what do you know, it turns out I called at the perfect time. Ha! I told her what was up and how I was struggling, in need of a prayer jump-start. She was more than happy to pray with me. And we ended up having an incredible power-packed 5 or 10 minutes of prayer time.
The most powerful part, though, was when she prayed in Jesus' name against the powers of spiritual darkness. (See Eph 6:12) The fog lifted. I felt relaxed and back in His presence, and after that I was getting work done right and left!
Jesus says He is our rest when we are weary (See Mt 11:28ff). But sometimes we have to fight to come into that rest because we have a very real enemy who wants to cut us off from that rest. And when we can't muster the needed fight to pray on our own, oftentimes the answer is to reach out to someone else for prayer.
“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 18:19 NASB)
It turns out my friend was having a bit of an off day herself, and she ended up feeling rewarded and refueled after praying for me. Amazing how God works.
I could have given up and just fumbled my way through the day, hating every minute of it, but by fighting to be in His presence, the course of my whole day was dramatically changed. And I fully enjoyed my time.
It's like I was one decision away from a freedom outcome. Fight for His presence? Or turn away from trying because that's easier? The fight was hard, and quite honestly, annoying, but I'm glad I hung in there and didn't give up.
When we're dying to be done with something, we usually just need a shift in perspective - a Kingdom perspective that remembers Jesus is there, faithful, and wants our freedom. Fight for THAT, and the worldly junk doesn't feel so overwhelming anymore.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ," (Ephesians 1:3 NASB)