Entry 011 Praying to Perceive a Shift in the Atmosphere
Sometimes we can get so used to being downtrodden, broken and disillusioned, that we can’t see the forest for the trees. We haven’t necessarily given up on our dreams, and the promises of God; we just resolved to live without them. If we are not in tuned to the spirit world we can miss the move of God in our lives. Like Peter who sank in the water when he took his eyes off of Jesus, we can sink into of life of mere existence, routine and rituals. Life however, is not always dramatic and adventurous. Sometimes the majority of things we do are things we have to do. Sometimes we have to see the same old people, in the same old places, doing the same old things. But we cannot get so caught up in our situations that we fail to expect God’s best each day. God’s mercies are new each morning, and He wants us to have a spirit of expectation. Routine and rituals does offer benefits like stability, and they frees up our brains up for more creative processes. But when our duties and responsibilities become burdens, they can cause us to lose hope or our passion for life. Knowing this, Satan comes to tempt us with something that will destroy us, promising that it would bring excitement back into the mundane. And when we yield to that temptation, we are left more downtrodden, broken, and disillusioned than what we were before. Having experienced the negative effects of our decisions, we can still run to a gracious God who will love, help and heal us. While in the desert of our situation, God will cause us to hear the sound of the abundance of rain. He will drop a word of hope into our spirit so that we can see the shift in the atmosphere that He has created. When we believe that things are going to get better, and that this too will pass, we will begin to see the sunshine of God love removing the cloud of despair. He will give us beauty for ashes when we come to Him in prayer and supplication. And as we mediate on His word and not our issues, we will begin to see the manifestation of his promises in our lives. One word from the Lord will turn everything around for us. The sacrifice of praise and worship, and the meditative waiting in His presence creates an environment where God can effectively work things out in our lives. The problem can be that we have been so bound for so long, that we cannot recognize freedom when it is made available to us .We may not even feel happy once God answers our prayers because we have dealt with the pain of the problem for so long. We may be saved, healed, delivered and blessed without realizing it because we are still reminiscing on the scars of the past. So praying to perceive the shift in the atmosphere is being sensitive to the still small voice of God’s love, and remaining open in our spirit enough to receive His blessings.