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Are You Using Prayer As A Cop Out?

Indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity.

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Sometimes a decision is in front of you and you genuinely want to take time to seek God. And, sometimes a big decision is in front of you and you become paralyzed by fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, self-doubt, and unworthiness. So you say the best sounding thing to eliminate your need to make a decision.

I’ll pray about it.

You go home and do you pray, no. You worry. You agonize over the fact that you have to decide. Maybe you sleep on it. Maybe you phone a friend. Maybe you say “God help me.” But, do you take it to God in prayer with 100% faith that the Holy Spirit will lead you to make the right decision and even if you screw up, God will work it out for your good?

In the last year of my life, I haven’t had to make many decisions because I was too busy knocking. With God’s help, I discovered my calling and because it was all so new and unbelievable to me, I was keenly aware of opportunities that God placed in my path. I mean, if one day you discover that you were born to be a teacher and someone randomly says “Oh by the way, there’s a class next week at our community center for those interested in a career in teaching,” would you really have to ponder whether or not you’d attend? Or, would you just stand there with your mouth open at how slick God is. He’s a sneaky one, for sure!

After receiving confirmation after confirmation, I started knocking. First, I knocked on one door. Then, I knocked on two doors always praying, “Lord, if it’s for me, open it. If it’s not, dead bolt it TWICE!”

 Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. (Proverbs 3:5-6, ERV)

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When you want God more than anything else, He will guide you toward your destiny. And, when you’re feeling unsure, He will give you wisdom.

Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom. (James 1:5)

But, there’s a catch….

But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind. 7-8 People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:6-8)

You can be weary of your decision making skills, but you can’t doubt God’s leading. So, if you find yourself being indecisive:

1. Pray about it.

2. Is it helping you get closer to the vision for your life? (If it’s in your head it is a dream. If it’s on paper, it is a vision. If your vision isn’t written down in SMART steps, message me!)

3. Get Biblical counsel from a Christian friend. (I didn’t say get advice from your closet girlfriend. Talk to someone who knows and follows the Word of God.)

4.  Believe that what you give to God will bless your life because He will add to it or eliminate it altogether.

Indecisiveness can be a crippling characteristic. Don’t let it rob you of good opportunities that will lead to a better quality of life for you and your loved ones.

If you’re a Pinterest fan, this might make you LOL just like I did.

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You got this! (I’ve already prayed for you!)

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