Last week I posted three questions to help you get back on track when you’re not feeling close to God. Here are four more questions.
1. Do you know that God loves you?
I never knew how much God loved me until I started praying through the insecurity Bible verses on my app. As I pictured Him doing the things He said He’d do in those verses, I finally realized how much He loves me.
If you’d like to give this a try, here’s a link to those verses: Insecurity Bible verses. If you have questions about your relationship with God, I’d love to visit with you. You can contact me at my e-mail under the About section of this blog.
2. Are you going to God with your own agenda, or are you going to God for His agenda?
In the first scenario, we want Him to answer our prayers. We feel close to Him as long as He does what we want. If He doesn’t, we wonder why He hasn’t answered. Sometimes we begin to resent Him for not answering. We may even begin to doubt Him.
We may doubt His love for us, His ability to answer prayer, and if worse comes to worse, we may even doubt His existence because surely – if He were there – He would do what we ask. Of course, that’s a lie, but it’s the logical conclusion of believing that God has to do what we want Him to do.
In the second scenario, we also want Him to answer our prayers. But even more, we want His will. We’re willing to look at a different outcome to our prayer. We want to see the situation from His perspective. To get His take on it so we know how to handle it.
This back and forth conversation drives us to His Word to see what the Bible says about our situation. It brings us closer to God as we wrestle through our issues with Him, and it also results in maturity.
3. Are you spending enough time with Him?
It takes time to go to God for help with problems. It takes time to get the help we need to break free from our strongholds. And it takes time to develop the type of relationship where we feel consistently close to Him.
I always wanted that type of relationship, but for years I couldn’t make myself take the time. If you’re in that position, read the 2nd question in last week’s post for ideas on how to get out of it.
4. Is there anything you need to accept?
Do you ever feel like God has let you down? Like you’ve done everything He wanted you to do, and He still hasn’t answered your prayer?
If anyone had a right to feel that way it was Jesus in Gethsemane. Yet instead of resenting His Father, He said, “Not my will, but Yours.”
If you live in a culture that’s all about fairness, it’s easy to start applying that concept to your walk with God. If you do what He wants, then He should do what you want.
This isn’t biblical, nor is it practical. He’s the King of the Universe. Wouldn’t we rather have Him be the one in control?
The truth is, the more we submit to God, the closer we’ll be to Him. He is worth every sacrifice–because there’s nothing better than a close walk with God.
Question: Can you think of any other questions to add to the list?