WEEK 1: An Anchor in the Storm
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
~ James 1:6
My children have this habit: When they want something from me and think they know that the answer is going to be a “no,” they go about the question in a round-about way. They kind of squirm, make themselves “small” and use their most timid voice.
It irritates me beyond measure, to be honest!
So, I ask them to pause, to take a breath, and then to ask me properly, directly, and without all the drama. They may still get a “no,” but at least they will have asked for what they want with conviction.
We can think of our prayers with God in the same way. We do not ask for His guidance and strength with our smallest voice, full of doubt that He will forsake us.
Even if it is true that we cannot know what answer we will get to our prayers, we do not doubt that He will answer.
As the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”1 With God’s presence in our lives, we are reassured and we do not need to be tentative; we can stride forward with conviction.
And so, we pray without hesitation—we lay out all our concerns, worries, and fear—knowing that the love God has for us is steadfast, unwavering, a constant anchor in the storm.
· When do you feel small?
· Do you sometimes doubt God’s love?
· Do you feel that your needs are too inconsequential to ask for God’s favor?
In a notebook or journal you can answer these questions and/or add your own personal reflection on the Scripture.
Meeting God Halfway
This week consider taking the words “I can’t” out of your vocabulary; these words give power to your self-doubt…instead, say “I can” or “I could” and ask for help if it gets tricky!
Are there any other lessons learned from the Scripture that you could put into action this week?
Lord, I have already taken the first step and believe that You are with me to guide me through life’s journey. Today, I lay all my earthly concerns at Your door, knowing that You will provide me with everything I need. Amen.
In your notebook or journal you can also write down other personal prayers.
Before you move on to the next week take the time to check-in with yourself.