|Relax I AM here with you Peter!|
You may think I'm crazy, but there are times when I pray a normal type prayer, but most of the time I carry on a conversation with Him like a father and son would. Sometimes the pressures of life weigh me down especially when I do not understand why certain things have happened during the course of my life. I have found that just talking to Him about anything gives me a much needed peace that I would not have know if I had not talked to Him about the issues that were bothering me.
The Lord has revealed understanding to me about the issues in my life when I need it and it is not always at the time I talk to Him. One of the most comforting things He has revealed to me is that even though certain events were uncomfortable in my life He was at work in the situation because it was a part of His plan. He revealed to me that He created or allowed the situation partly for my benefit, but more importantly for me to be at the right place at the right time for Him to speak through me, which ministered to those He sent to me to. Often times the individual I was talking to said that what I just told them was exactly what they needed to hear. The Lord is so awesome!
Circumstances are not alway what they appear to be. When we go through times of what seems to be a times of testing, trial, or even tribulation is actually the Lord at work putting things together according to His plan for our benefit and for the benefit of someone else. This is His way of answering prayers of others. We cannot always see the what and why of His plan in the present, but once we can relax and trust in Him in all circumstances of life we will be able to see His purpose and His handy work in action.
If you are like me I have grumbled and complained about every tough time I ever endured. That seems natural doesn't it? But now, I have a whole new prospective about life as I see things so much different now. I have discovered "IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT ME"! It is "ALL ABOUT HIM"! I am His servant, not the other way around. It's not about what we can get out of life, it's about what He wants us to do for His glory and His purpose.
One final thought before I go is I'm sure some of you may be wondering how He speaks to me. He speaks to me in various ways, but one of the most outstanding ways through the study of His words in scripture. As I study He is able to reveal nuggets of wisdom that I did not know or understand before. The Book of Psalms is the one that has allowed Him to speak to me the clearest. In the New Testament both Jesus and Paul quoted heavily from Psalms and I highly recommend that you read Psalms too.
Tip of the day. Relax and let Him have His way in your life and you will see Him do awesome things through you.