“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.”
Ephesians 3:14 (NLT)
The day of the week escapes me, but I was on my knees at the bottom of the green recliner in my den, praying. The month is unclear, but it was in the late 1990’s. My prayer life radically changed. Prior to this, I had made a commitment to God; no matter how exhausted, I would not go to bed without reading my Bible and praying on my knees. I knew I needed to follow through. Deuteronomy 13:4 (NASB)
Sounds simple, right? Pray every night before bed. That should be easy enough. After all, I knew as a new believer in Christ that God wanted me to spend time with Him in prayer and in the Bible, but finding the extra hours in the day was difficult. I often wondered how other godly moms did it.
I was the mommy of two young children under the age of 6. I was busy. If you’re a mom you know what I’m talking about. There’s always something to do, from dressing, bathing and feeding the children, to preparing meals, running baths, cleaning house, and washing clothes. The marvelous and sometimes unrewarded job of being a mom never ends.
“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:” Proverbs 31:27-28 (ESV)
Since I’d recently made the decision to spend time with God every night, no matter how worn out, I would get the kids situated in bed and my husband usually went to bed early as well. I would gather my Bible, and journal, and curl up in my green Lane rocking recliner, where I had spent days and evenings rocking my children. It was a comfort place for me.
My hunger for God and His Word would take me deeper than I had ever been before. I was seeking and searching for who this Jesus really was. Why did I need Him in my life? I had prayed many times, but usually the prayers went something like this:
Help me. We’re broke and I don’t know what to do. Please help us God. I know You can, why don’t You?
Or . . .
Will you please fix my marriage? We’re struggling God and I get so mad at him. Please change him Lord. I can’t take this anymore.
You see, I wasn’t a believer when I got married, and we spent time partying. I’m not proud of it, but it was the reality I lived. We had issues, a lot of issues. After I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 24 and after my children were born, my life started changing. I had asked the Lord to be my Savior. I no longer had the same desires I had before my Jesus days, and I quit living a party lifestyle. I was just trying to be a good wife, a good mommy and grow a business. I was trying to follow Christ.
My husband however ended up falling under the influence of some prescription drugs that took our family down a long hard road.
So, my prayers had been “God help me.” “God help us.”
When making this commitment and studying God’s Word I started understanding God’s love for me. My eyes were opened to who God really is. I had been praying my “want and need list.”
I recognized I needed to change the way I was praying. No matter the struggle, no matter what I wanted or thought I needed, my prayers shifted.
I then started praying “God use me.”
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 (NLT)
This was the beginning of God opening up doors for me to be used. The very first opportunity I had was when a sweet lady at my church approached me and asked if I would like to help keep the children in Awana. I accepted. Then later I was really stretched and taken further out of my comfort zone, when I was asked to help teach the youth Sunday School class. I was unsure whether I would be able to do this. I was still so young in my faith. But instead of letting Satan deceive me and pass excuses, I accepted. I have been blessed for twenty years now to teach others the word of God.
How cool is that?
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
Can God use you?
The answer is YES! He can use any of us who resolve in our hearts that we are made for Him. He can use us when we tell Him, “God here I am, use me.” All He wants is for us to be available, with a willing heart. It’s His mighty power that will do the work within us and through us.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)
How can I pray for you? Can you name one way in the comments that you want God to use you.
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