We Have To Pray With Our Eyes On God…
Updated: Mar 28, 2019
…not on the difficulties.
Do you pray with your eyes on God, or like me, do you sometimes pray with your eyes on your difficulties?
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
Life can be overwhelming and at times, it may be hard to look beyond our difficulties and focus on God. We might not even know how to pray when we are suffering.
Perhaps you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one, a financial crisis, an illness or another type of difficulty right now.
We can lose sight of the greatness of God when we focus on the greatness of our difficulties.
We need faith to pray with our eyes on God. Hebrews 11:1 says,
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (NIV)
We may not understand all the reasons for our difficulties but, we can know that our help comes from Him.
Praying with our eyes on God can be as simple as repeating one sentence prayers throughout the day:
“Thank you Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
“You are guiding me Lord.” (Psalm 23:3)
“I trust You Lord.” (Proverbs 3:5)
“You are good Lord.” (Psalm 34:8)
“You are faithful.” (Psalm 119:90)
In addition, the Bible encourages us to keep our eyes on God.
Psalm 16:8 says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (NIV)
Psalm 25:15 says, “My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”(NIV)
We must fix our eyes on the unseen, eternal God.
2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)
It can help to know that these painful difficulties are temporary.
Do you struggle to pray with your eyes on God? Do you have trouble praying when you face difficulties?
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