How often do we try to work it out all by ourselves? We have a problem that rattles around in our brain for days, weeks or months and just can't seem to find a solution. Then we give it to God?
I hold both hands up here and admit that I have a tendency to do this. I get anxious and worried about stuff and then, several days later think, "wait a minute! I should be praying about this!".
Last night I was at a meeting about our Sunday school. We are at a wee bit of a crossroads just now and need to make a few changes to encourage more children to come along and accommodate those we have. Everyone has lots of ideas about what to do and there is much to think about and make decisions on.
So last night we all prayed for around an hour about this! Before we even have a planning meeting and put all our ideas forward, we have brought it before God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Ephesisans 6:18 NIV.
God wants us to consult him in everything. By praying together about this, we have committed this work to God and asked for his Will to be done. It was so tempting for everyone to use the time to discuss all the ideas and possibilities but thankfully we did not do this. The time was used wisely to praise God, thank him for all the past work done in Sunday school, and to pray for the future. The Lord was there with us in that home and listening to our petitions.
When I came home I felt a real peace about the planning ahead. I feel confident that God has a plan and will carry it out through us as he sees fit. I am not worried about the logistics of where do we put classes, what format do we use and so on. God will provide and give us wisdom on what to do. Someone prayed that first and foremost we should be right with God in all of this as well. I couldn't agree more with what he said. How can we teach young ones and plan for them if we are not right with God ourselves.
So we have much to pray about over the coming weeks. We will have a planning meeting but I am sure that there will be a great deal of prayer going on leading up to that. I am so thankful that we have a God who wants us to speak to him and listens to us. I am thankful to be part of a praying Church. It is all for Him and to glorify His wonderful name. It is so not about us at all.