Once again I was thinking about some loved ones and the needs I felt they had and how exactly I felt I could and should “intervene” to help. Of course I needed to come to the rescue, right? After all, someone needed to help and of course it should be me. Or so I thought in my pride and in my worry about the people. In my flesh apart from God. In my sin.
But before my thoughts went too far and I became any more distracted from my day’s work for the Lord, He “intervened” not with them but with me! How so? His Holy Spirit brought to mind my “intervening” would in truth be “interfering” because His will in this matter at least at that time was for me to stand back and pray not to get involved.
Sometimes God will lead us to “intervene” in a situation to help people ACCORDING TO HIS WILL in HIS TIME for HIS GLORY. But other times, rather than sending us to get physically involved in a situation, He will call us to stand back and TO PRAY and not “interfere”.
In loving the Lord and loving people, God’s greatest commands, we need to humble ourselves and seek and follow the will of God when it comes to others and their needs. He will make clear whether we are to pray and act, or whether we are to simply stand back and pray.
Please pray for wisdom and discernment, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit who lives inside God’s followers, and lovingly, humbly, and reverently obey the Lord, AMEN!
Oh, Lord, PLEASE give us all wisdom and discernment as we go forth as to when to stand back and pray and when to get involved and serve – and pray. No matter your will, Father, in each and every situation in our lives, please lead us and guide us and help us to hear you and obey you, AMEN!
“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;” Colossians 4:2 KJV
“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 KJV