Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
My oldest child was going through some stuff. He’s had some real challenges in his high school years and the pressure and stress were causing him to be a bit rebellious and disrespectful. It hurts a parent, to the core, when your child doesn’t think you love him when all you do is out of an inexpressible love.
I had fasted a few times in my life for different reasons. But this time, I had a mission. It was a spiritual weapon. I looked at my son, who I have loved beyond words and heard all the nasty comments against me. I made a choice at that time to look at this situation as “…not a fight against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world…” Ephesians 6:12.
I woke up one morning and decided to fast for two days. Now, I have to tell you, I am incredibly structured. It’s a problem. I do things in a certain order every day. Get the kids up and going, put laundry in (and there is a specific schedule for whose clothes are washed every day), empty the dishwasher while making breakfast, walk the dog….and so on throughout the day. If something is out of order, I am like a fish out of water! So, to devote the day to fasting and praying, honestly, was a challenge.
We’ll do anything when it comes to helping our kids. I’ve learned through this, that God feels that same love for me…even more love! After all, I am His kid! As I went through the day, talking to God, reading his Word and listening to music, I felt a real closeness. My anxiety about what was not getting done in the house, left me. I humbled myself on behalf of my child who really needed a touch from God and some encouragement.
The informal definition of ‘prime the pump’ is-to encourage the growth or action of something. I wanted to take action so my prayers were heard. Let’s face it, our teens are facing things we didn’t. Sometimes it is hard to stay focused on God when you feel like you are the only kid who even knows who He is! I pray for my kids every day. I read the bible every day, but it was time to prime the pump…to get real serious in my battle and prayer for my child.
Thank God, that evening, he was surprisingly pleasant. We made progress in a tough situation. His heart seemed to soften and he was more open to our suggestions and guidance. I think he was finally starting to feel that we love and support him. Now, I realize this is an ongoing battle and we have more work to do but we were both encouraged. It gives you just enough strength to refresh and keep pressing on.
Is there something weighing on your heart? Have you thought about fasting? Fasting does not have to be food related. You could fast from technology and devote that time to God in prayer. There are many things you could ‘give up’ to humble yourself and show God you are willing to sacrifice on behalf of your specific prayer. We all need to-Come near to God and he will come near to you…James 4:8. And He will. He will hear you and He will work. He doesn’t rest, He doesn’t stop working. He loves us so much more than we can fathom. So think about it, then dive into the Living Water and prime your pump.
Dear God, Thank you for drawing near to us. Thank you that all your promises are true. Whatever our need, whatever our prayer, you promise to hear us. Help us to remember that sometimes, taking that much needed step to humble ourselves, makes things happen! In Your Name, Amen.