We all have those days that just don't go as planned. We can all relate to feeling like we have too much on our plate and we just don't know how we are going to do it all. The day to day can feel overwhelming, much less the year to year to do list. I'm so thankful that this method of organizing my anxious thoughts and to do list works...
This morning I woke up around 2:30. I was uncomfortable and wide awake. I wanted so badly to go back to sleep but instead I prayed silently. "Lord, if you need me to spend time with You I will." My spirit felt a prompting to go ahead and get up. I slid out of bed and tip toed downstairs carrying my daughters laundry. Knowing I had finished writing my Bible study on marriage I knew that this time I didn't have an agenda in my "prayer closet" (aka laundry room). I started a load of laundry because the sound of the washer and dryer in my laundry room/office space is quite comforting. I sat in the darkness just praying and asking that God share with me what He needed me to know. After a time I pulled out my pen and note pad and wrote out all the things that were currently weighing on me and needed prayer.
Can God really depend on me to do all of these thing?
As I was praying over this list, His whisper to my soul was that I had these all in the wrong order. First, I needed to work on my priorities and go back to the prayer list again, putting them in order.
Again, that whisper. The Lord pressed on my spirit the word: Expectation
"Don't try to be what the world needs. I, your God, am what the world needs. Stay focused on Me & I will show you where to go, I will teach you what you need to know."
Then I opened my Bible. If you've read my devotionals you may know that I'm a believer in that there's a message where your Bible opens.
Because you are a (daughter), God sent the Spirit of his Son into your heart, the Spirit who calls out "Abba, Father." So you are not longer a slave, but a (daughter), God has made you an heir. -Galatians 4:6-7 (emphasis added)
When I read this verse and replaced the "son" with "daughter" it became very clear what God was saying. My priorities have to begin with a prayer perspective, a posture approaching the throne of Heaven, that I am a child of God and belong there. I go to my Heavenly Father knowing that I am a daughter to a King, and boy does that change everything. I took another look at my list. If you know me, you also know I don't believe in coincidence. My first prayer begins with recognizing that I am the daughter of the King of Kings, an heir.
I love to follow the scripture footnotes and attached scriptures, they always take me on a journey of better understanding. Let me take you on the same journey.
Go Deeper | Roman 8:17
Now if we are children, then we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Go Deeper | Galatians 3:29
If you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams seed, and hear according to the promise.
Go Deeper | Titus 3:17
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having hope of eternal life.
Go Deeper | Hebrews 1:!4
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.
Go Deeper | Hebrews 6:17
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.
Go Deeper | Hebrews 11:9
By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in the foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac & Jacob.
Go Deeper One More Time | Romans 11:29
For God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.
God calls us to a higher purpose than our own, He provides His angels to minister to us and help us see that purpose through. As heirs, we have a duty to ask Him what that purpose might be and to help us keep our priorities in order.
What I came to realize was that as I approach the Father in the Heavenly Place through prayer, I am to straighten my crown and carry with me a spirit of expectation that He will cascade His blessings down on the things I do in this life that serve His purpose. My life, dreams, and desires, when they align with His, create miracles and blessings and bring forth favor. We aren't promised it will be easy and painless; remember, Jesus himself suffered. We have a greater promise as children, adopted into the Kingdom.
You are unique and perfect in every way that I made you. Care for your body that your soul resides in, it is a temple that I reside with you. Remember, even the flesh fades but the things you do, that no one sees, are for Me. You desire to be significant, don't you see you already are when you are serving Me. Come into My throne room as My daughter.
-A Father's Whisper
I encourage you to make a quick list of things you've had on your heart that need prayer. You've been meaning to pray on these things but time is short. Write them all out. Then get ready to write them again. The second time, at the top write, Being a Daughter of a King, because we all need a lesson on this daily. Our crowns are always crooked it seems. Then list the rest of the items as if you are seeing them through the eyes of Jesus. Maybe start with the things closest to you, family, loved ones, personal needs. Then, look out a bit further. Maybe the next ones are concerning your neighbors, friends, loved ones, etc. Then look a little further into your work place, community needs and keep doing this until you feel that they are in a true order of importance. It doesn't really matter your method of sorting.
Now, as you pray, lock your arms with Jesus and step into the throne room. You are His child. He desires to spend this time with you and hear about your concerns. Ask Him about His will for your life and the purpose He has. Askfor direction and guidance on the matters you are concerned with. He is concerned too. Believe that you are about to receive the blessings and answers you need like a cascading waterfall. You'll find some things are truly left in His hands and others you must see to by your own.
It's all in your approach, it's all in how you wear your crown.