Monthly Archives: October 2015

First Response

Prayer makes me wait. I cannot pray and work at the same time. I have to wait to act until I finish praying. Prayer forces me to leave the situation with God; it makes me wait.”

- Charles R. Swindoll

My default mode is action. This is never more evident then when I come up against a problem. I’m a problem solver, so I immediately start figuring out ways to fix the situation. Even before I have a fully developed plan, I’m at work fixing the situation. This can certainly be a very good quality and has served me well in a number of situations. But, it can also be problematic. The biggest problem I experience with this is that it creates a self-sufficiency – specifically as it relates to my relationship with God. My tendency toward action says…”I’ve got this, I can take care of this myself”. As I type those words, I’m aware of how childish that can sound. My 2 year old always wants to do it herself. She is determined to prove to herself and everyone else that she can do it. The problem is, she often needs help…she can’t do it herself.

I love the idea presented in the quote above. Prayer makes me wait. That waiting, even if for a short time, is a powerful expression of dependency. Going to God in prayer says, “I can’t do this myself, will you help me with this?” I want to prayer to be my first response, not my last resort.