Send out your light and you truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!—Psalm 43:3
Come to m, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn fro mme, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light—Matthew 11:28-30
Do you need a new or fresh perspective about a Person, Place or Thing/Situation…?
Prayer give us a fresh, new, and different perspective on our, or many situations we fret over.
Entering into prayer about a matter, inviting God into the situation, as opposed to trying to work it through ourselves, is the difference between sitting on the field or floor at a major sporting event and sitting in the bleachers.
On one hand, the field and floor position is awesome. You are up-close and personal, seeing rippling muscles and fancy footwork in real-time; who would want to be farther away when they could be so close?
In contrast, sitting in the bleachers gives you a totally different perspective; widens your scope. You may not be able to see the sweat pouring off your favorite team, but you can see where they leave the holes which allow the opponent to come in and score a basket or gain some yardage. You can see where all the wrong moves are being made, you can see the strengths of the players and when they are at their best. It may not be as close as the floor but sitting in the bleachers definitely has its advantages!
So, when God invites us to pray through the stirring of the Holy Spirit, He is in actuality inviting us to come and sit in the bleachers, to his holy hill and view it from His perspective; which is always about eternal not just immediate consequences or design.
- Sometimes, He calls us, as parents or grandparents, to come sit with him in the bleachers for a second and look at that child from His perspective.
- Sometimes He calls us as spouses, to let leave our normal place and station, and get a new perspective on that issue or behavior which is bringing trouble or destructive to our marriage…
- Sometimes He invites us as members of a church to look at our ministry or brother and sister in Christ through new lenses.
Prayer is not just about getting and receiving, it’s not even just about building and strengthening our relationship with God, it’s also about gaining vision. Not vision for ourselves in the same old way; but catching God’s vision for our, and the lives of those around us. Catching vision for our lives and the lives of people we love and care about.
If we caught his vision for our world, set in darkness, then we would know it’s to bring light to every dark corner; we could more easily recognize our part in making it happen!
Yes, being on the ground floor, or field is awesome, but if you want vision, if you want a new perspective in prayer, you’ve got to be willing to shift to the bleachers, at least every once and a while!
Lord Jesus, I need you to move me to the left, right or just set me in the bleachers! I believe I am too close to this matter to have a right perspective; too involved, too emotional, too opinionated, to see it from a broader or even eternal perspective. So I want to come where you are; to sit with you on Your holy hill in prayer and learn to pray as you would have me pray about it… Learn to trust in Your coaching skills. I need Your understanding and perspective about…