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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

God Answers When I Ask Questions

In review of Habakkuk 3:2 it says,  “O Lord, now I have heard your report, and I worship you in awe” (TLB).

In Habakkuk 3, I see that Habakkuk praised God for answering his questions. Evil will not triumph forever; as God is in control, and he can be completely trusted to vindicate those who are faithful to him. I must wait patiently wait for him to act

Habakkuk knew that God was going to discipline the people of Judah and that it wasn't going to be a pleasant experience. But Habakkuk accepted God's will, asking for help and mercy. Habakkuk did not ask to escape the disciple, but he accepted the truth that Judah needed to learn a lesson. God still disciplines in love to bring his children (including myself) back to him. So I need to learn to accept God's discipline gladly, and ask him to help me change.

If I want to hear God speak, I need to worship Him. In other words, thank him for his presence in my life and for being interested in the details of it. Thank him for answering my prayer.

God gives me a vision and a dream. I know what God wants me to do, so now thank him for answering my prayers. That’s part of worshiping God.

I’m encouraged today to stop seeing my prayers as a monologue and start seeing them for what they truly are: a dialogue. Prayer is a conversation with God. God hears me when I pray, and he answers me when I ask questions. He wants to talk with me every day. If I faithfully talk to God every day and throughout the day, it will revolutionize my life.

It’s important to understand that I can’t hear God until I know God, and there are three levels of knowing God: recognition, acquaintance, and friendship. At the recognition level; you know God is there, but you don’t really know him. At the acquaintance level; you know God a little bit, but you don’t know him very well. God wants me to live at the friendship level. He wants to be my friend, and he wants me to be his friend. God wants to talk with me all the time.

Today I pray: “Dear God, I’m amazed that you would want me for a friend. I really want to learn to have conversations with you. Help me to continue to spend time with you every day. Thank you that you care about every detail of my life. Jesus, I want to know you more and more every day, and I want to depend on you for guidance in my job, my family, my future, and in every other area of my life. I invite you to be the manager of my life, my Lord and Savior, as I follow you and trust you. In your name I pray. I also ask for your wisdom and guidance for my day, my leadership and my interactions with others. These things I ask in your Son Jesus name, amen.”