A few months ago, I had the privilege of attending a gathering of spiritual leaders in Pittsburgh. At the end of the night, I found myself in a small group with John Guest, the Founding Pastor of Christ Church of Grove Farm, and Bishop David Zubik, The Catholic Bishop of Pittsburgh. While we were praying something happened that has really made an impact on me this year. John Guest started praying. He simply prayed, “God, we need you. Every hour we need you…” When it came time for the Bishop to pray, he prayed the same prayer, “Lord, we need you.”
I don’t know what I was expecting when I heard these two spiritual giants pray, but their simple prayer had a profound impact on me ever since. Perhaps it was the fact that God has done so much in and through these men, and yet they continue to humble themselves before God and remember that without Him, they are nothing and can do nothing.
I find myself praying that prayer quite often these days. Since I became a father in May, I find myself needing God more than I have in a while (I do recognize that I need Him every moment of everyday, but I am referring to the attitude of my heart). I was talking with Laura recently and told her, “For the first time in a long time, we need God, which is a good thing!”
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t walk away from God, stop spending time with Him, stop going to church, or anything like that. I just got really comfortable in the season of life we were in. That comfort had an impact on my need for God. It allowed me to take Him and everything He does and is doing for granted. It caused me to be more focused on what I could do rather than what He could do.
Have you ever been there? I’ve found that it is so easy for us to slip into seasons like this, where we take for granted what God has done in our lives and we forget our need for Him.
In Deuteronomy 8:11-18, it says, “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. 12 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, 13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. 15 Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! 16 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. 17 He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ 18 Remember theLord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.
When I read that verse, I am completely humbled. It causes me to reflect on where God met me in my life, what He brought me out of, and what He’s done in and through me since. It causes me to remember very quickly that without Him, I am nothing and can do nothing. It causes me to remember my need for Him. It’s in these moments that I allow God to be God and to do what only God can do in my life.
My prayer is that I will daily remember my need for Him and that when I’m in the later stages of my life, I’ll still be praying the same prayer that I heard John Guest and Bishop Zubik prayer in our small group that evening, “Lord, I need you, every hour I need you.”
- When was the last time you needed God?
- Have you found yourself slipping into a season of being comfortable and taking God for granted?
- If you have found yourself in a season like this, repent, humble yourself, and re-acknowledge your need for God in your prayers.
- Get your journal out and start writing down everything God has done in and through your life. When you’re done, thank Him, and remind yourself that without Him you are nothing and can do nothing.
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