Dependence on God
Why do we fail to learn from our mistakes?
We can be like the “secure man’s” 23rd Psalm says… I am my provider, I shall not be in want. I have stored up hay if the grass is not green in the valley. I have a big canteen just in case the waters are dried up. I have a map so I can find the right path. Even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I have no fear… I have life insurance. I will fear no evil because I have theft alarms on my car and home and the police will be there in minutes.
My accountant and my broker, they comfort me. I have prepared an investment portfolio that will put food on the table for years to come. I have been anointed with ability and good planning. Surely, income and dividends will follow me every month, without fail. And I will dwell in my own home all the days of my life
Or, we can be like the wise man from Proverbs 3:5 who says:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.”
- Not connected to the head (Christ)
- We have movement, but are directionless
- We don’t allow Jesus to guide us.
- WE DO IT OURSELVES
We were never intended to have independence from God.
We have been looking at prayer this month.
- Prayer is us depending on God
- Prayer trusts his power
- Prayer takes our eyes off of ourselves
6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
God knows what you need before you ask it
So why should we pray?
- Prayer is not for God’s benefit
- Prayer is for my benefit
God knows my needs:
- God doesn’t answer my needs because I need help
- God answers my prayers because I bring them to him instead of relying upon my own strength!
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
“A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
Does our prayer life reflect a dependence upon God?
“If some people looked at their watches when they started praying and when they ceased praying, they would think their watches had stopped.” – Billy Sunday