I haven’t posted anything in a while. While part of the reason is I’m busy with my final semester of college, the main reason is I’m having trouble organizing the swag ideas in my head and turning them into inspiring posts. One thing I told God when I revamped my blog into a spiritual/relationship blog is this: I don’t want to say or do anything without His anointing. And that applies here too.
Many times you feel happy. Then you feel the blues wash over you like a downpour in the spring. Other times you find yourself in a mechanical rot, where you really need to fix something that’s holding you from zooming into the Lord’s presence. You have the wrench (aka bible) and diagnostics (Holy Spirit), but you just can’t figure out how to start the fixing process. You’re sitting there with your bible open, flipping through books and psalms trying to find that rhema word that would speak to your situation. But it’s just not coming easy. The Holy Spirit, who is supposed to be your helper seems pretty chill about the situation. You think. Finally, you’re forced to ask: are you still here?
You’re head stuck in debt; your landlord has been playing with your heat and internet connection because you haven’t paid your rent. Your siblings are looking up to you for financial assistance. You haven’t paid off your credit card debt and you’re thinking of getting a loan to offset some bills. Did I hear you say more gbese (aka debt)? You’re still full of spirit though; singing praises to God, telling Him you trust him in and out of season. Yet, somewhere in your heart lies the question: God, are you still there?
You’ve been praying to move on from your last relationship. You fasted and prayed like a possessed person seeking deliverance, asking for soul-ties to be broken. You even deleted you ex’s number. Only one request to deliver McDonald’s to your house and you fell. You know what you have done, you feel dirty, and you blame your lack of strength. You wonder if God ever wanted to help you find rest in the first place. So you ask God; are you still there?
If you aren’t asking these questions or haven’t asked them in a while, you should! There’s nothing wrong with asking, but what is your attitude towards asking? Do you ask God as if you’re manipulating Him into doing you a favor? Or do you simply ask because you freaking need Him?
First, when you cry God “I need you,” you’re affirming that He is mighty to save. You’re
acknowledging the fact that He is your provider, the all-knowing and all-seeing one. It’s like acknowledging your husband by cuddling with him on a cold winter night. *wink* lol
If God didn’t welcome all these questions, He wouldn’t tell you to ask Him in the first place. One of the reasons why people donate to charitable causes is because they’ve been asked. Giving comes from the heart and strengthens the connection between two people. In the same sense, asking should come from the heart with the intention of strengthening your ties with God! We should form a habit of asking God for His help because we really need Him and His blessings in our lives.
God doesn’t need you to ask Him for blessings before He blesses you but the art of asking makes it your relationship strictly personal. I just developed a habit of “gossiping” with God about issues that irk me and he speaks to my soul by making me understand the depth of the being called Human. Our relationship has developed into one of a father and child, where He’s come to expect that His developing child has needs that need to be met.
If you feel like you’re in a mechanical rot but you’re not sure on what to fix, move into thanksgiving. Thank Him for what He has already done and the Holy Spirit will teach you what to ask for. Remember we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
God wants to be thanked. He doesn’t dismiss thanksgiving, and the one way to ensure that you give him undiluted praise is for Him to be there for you. He. Wants. To. Be. There. Don’t shut him out. You can keep several “Mr. Perfect” lists but you can’t trust God and his design for your man. Talk to Him! Ask Him are you still there and He’ll give you a reverberating reply!
Ask away, guys!