Prayer Position – Dependent

I don’t like relying on other people. I like getting things done and if I have to wait on or rely on someone else I get very frustrated.

A few years ago I joined an internship program at my church. The first few days of the experience we did what’s called the “Gauntlet”. They pushed us physically for days to see what would come out of us when we were stretched past our breaking points. It was not fun, but it was a valuable experience. I’m not a very athletic person but I’m super competitive so I was doing fairly well, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had expected it to be. Then, on the second day, during one of our exercises I fell and chipped the bone in my ankle. That’s what broke me. For the rest of the Gauntlet, and for weeks after, I had to rely on other people. People drove me places and my roommates went grocery shopping for me; I had to ask for help from people who I barely knew. I was dependent and I hated every second of it.

But that season taught me so much about the Lord.

There’s a story about shepherds who lived in Bible times breaking the legs of wayward sheep that they would then carry and nurse back to health. Some people dismiss that story as being cruel and impractical and I get that, but I am that wayward sheep. I am skilled at running and hiding behind my capabilities or the facade of having it all together. I can put up walls left and right and disappear behind them not wanting to be seen. I have a tendency to wander off in the pursuit of dreams and goals instead of sticking with the Shepherd. I am that sheep who Jesus would leave the 99 to rescue and I wouldn’t trade those intimate times when he was carrying me for anything.

Have you ever felt like that sheep God rescued? If so, I encourage you to remember that time. How long ago was it? What was the situation? What did it feel like? How were you intentional to rely on God? Now, here’s the kicker: how can you maintain that same level of dependence when things are good?

It’s easy to depend on ourselves or other people, but our true dependence should always be on God. Whether you’re in a season where everything’s good or one where everything around you seems bleak, we are dependent on God {tweet this}. Let’s restate our dependence upon him today. And, if you don’t know where to begin, here are some great verses to meditate on: Ephesians 2:1-10, Matthew 6:25-34, Job 40-41.


 

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