From Mess to Masterpiece: Prayer

From Mess to Masterpiece: Prayer

Life is messy. The mess causes some people to explode and blame others. For some, the mess causes them to implode and they blame themselves. When in a mess, the best solution is not to explode or implode, but to identify the problem.

Take the problem to Jesus because Jesus fixes messes. In John 2:1 – 11, this is what Mary did and she went to Jesus before anyone else. He was her first and not last resort.

We should go to Jesus first. But we don’t always do this because we are independent and think we can do it on our own. Jesus is always willing to help. Asking for his help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of wisdom. We’ll never get wise enough that we’ll be able to solve our problems without Him. He’s not only willing to help, but is eager to help and desires to help us. Pslam 18:19 states

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Zephaniah 3:17 states

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

The New Testament also has God’s desire for us. John 3:16 states:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

See also Romans 5:8 and Hebrews 4:16

God responds to our requests in three ways: 1) yes immediately, 2) not right now, or 3) I have a better plan.

John 2:5 reminds us to do what Jesus says. Prayer is listening as well as speaking. Faith is doing as well as believing. God usually involves you in getting yourself out of the mess.