BY: VICKI WHITE
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” ~ Isaiah 6:8
I suddenly stopped, mid-breath, as I began to pray, “Father, help me to have the faith to do what You are calling me to do.” Then, instead of repeating that familiar prayer, the Spirit led me to pray, “Father, in faith I commit to You that I will…” It seems like a fine line, but there is a vast difference between saying, “I am willing,” and, “Yes, Lord, I will.” One implies availability; the other involves action.
This was an epiphany for me because for years I have committed my willingness to God based on my faith and obedience. But in this moment, I realized I was praying for His help to have the faith to do something that He was clearly calling me to do. That does not require willingness, but obedience. That requires the commitment to say, “Yes, Lord, I will...”
As a “transforming 9 with a very strong 1-wing,” it is very difficult for me to promise to do anything that I am not confident I can accomplish. Just the word “commitment” makes me a little nervous! My promise means you can put it in the bank because it is as good as done. However, God calls us to step out in faith and obedience when we cannot know what the results will be. He called Peter to walk on the water - something Peter could not possibly do in his own strength - yet Peter was able to walk on the water as long as his eyes were on Jesus.
The one thing I can promise God is that I will always keep my eyes on Him. The rest I must do in faith; and faith is what He is calling each of us to walk in. Some time ago, I asked God for “water-walking, dead-raising faith.” It was a bold prayer that was soon followed by Him asking me to do something that was way outside my comfort zone. Only then did I realize that those bold prayers will require me to take some bold steps of faith out onto the deep water. To be honest, it was an “uh-oh!” moment. They say you should never ask for patience because then God will give you something that will require you to exercise your patience muscle. But it is only when we pray those bold prayers and step out in faith, that we discover new depths of His never-ending faithfulness. That is the path toward growing deeper in intimacy with Him and discovering His purpose for us.
Prayer: Abba Father, I choose this day to trust You. Tell me what bold prayer You want me to pray today. I ask this in the precious Name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Your Son, amen.
Breathe in: I trust You, Lord.
Breathe out: I am Yours.