It was one of those 4 a.m. wrestlings. I was rolling around and around about this relationship and that problem. “Lord, help me, help me.” And His voice came so clear to my spirit: Do you Receive My grace as much as you Ask for it?
What?? Then He tutored me on moving from always asking to simply receiving the Yes and Amen of His heart: His Grace is His promise to me, to you. So I went back through my list and re-stated my prayers: “Lord, I receive Your grace for this situation. Lord, I receive Your grace for this relationship. Lord, I receive Your grace for the unknown of this outcome.”
I do a lot of talking to the Lord, which is a good thing. But after this revelation, I realize the Lord is leading me to a different place of believing in Him. Remember Graham Cooke said that we work “from victory not for it.” So in the same way, we not only ask for grace but we Receive it. Do I believe this? Do you? It is one thing to ask, it is another thing to believe He hears and responds. Yes, we may not see the end result immediately. (It’s called walking by faith not by sight.) But will we walk in the belief of and rest in the Yes of His Grace?
I got the best picture of two people talking. The first person asked for a present from the other person. But just as the second person began to hand the first a gift, the first person turned her back. The first person kept turning in circles and continued to ask for a gift. All the while, the second person was trying to get the attention of the first person to give her the gift she asked for.
Sound familiar? Maybe today, modify your prayers from “Will You Lord . . . ? to “I receive Your grace for . . . .” He loves to be our Yes and Amen God.