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Ah, manna! Don’t we love to talk about heavenly manna??? That’s because we didn’t actually live in the time when manna was poured down for daily sustenance. You could only collect enough for that day’s need. Had we experienced the provision of manna, we may have become just as thankless as the Hebrew people after a while.
Actually we are like them in many ways. And God speaks to us through prayer much like he distributed manna. God only tells us about His plans as we need them. He often gives me the big picture of where I am headed, but the details He likes to piecemeal. When God gave me the concept for my structured prayer journal, I knew almost immediately that I would love to have it published and shared, but I had no idea how to make that happen. That was in 2001, and it wasn’t until 2013 when my vision was realized – Organizing Your Prayer Closet (Abingdon Press). A lot of little steps were taken by faith in obedience to what God was telling me to do in those in-between years.
Jesus said, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” John 16:12
What if I had had the full roadmap in front of me where God told me from beginning to end how everything would come to pass? I would have had no need to pray. I would have sought after Him less. I would have missed out on taking faith steps when they didn’t make sense. I would have missed out on the thrill of knowing in faith that I was in the center of God’s will. I would have possibly become bored and taken this exploit for granted instead of allowing it to build a passion in me to seek God and see this thing through to publication. God certainly knows what He is doing, my friend.
God always knows what information we need and in what doses we need it. He used manna to cull out the Hebrew Nation’s total dependence upon Him. Our commitment to daily prayer – communication with Elohim – is the demonstration of our total dependence upon Him. It is not only a time when we lay out petitions, but a prime opportunity to hear more about His plans for us. In turn, we are then challenged to follow Him in obedience to achieve our God-given destination and providential promises.
God may not give us the road map, but that’s okay – it makes for a much more thrilling Christ-walk! Just don’t forget to take the manna of prayer along with you.
Prayer Packing Tips for Your Daily Journey:
- Start each day with a short devotional and prayer. Prayer is always good during a daily commute, too.
- Pray at meal times. For those of us who were taught to pray for meals, this is a good discipline to keep in place that prompts us to pray at least three times a day – not to mention that if you are in a restaurant, it is a good witness.
- Pray anytime you are prone to be worried, upset, mad or confronted with a conflict, decision or temptation. Now, that should yield several prayers a day!
- Pray over people who come to mind. Your kids, your co-workers, old friends. As soon as you hear of a prayer need, address it with prayer.
- Reflect and pray over your day at the end of it. Recount conversations you had with people and with God. Make notes in a prayer journal, read some scripture and pray over it all. It’s a nice finish to a long day.
- Repeat daily, faithfully.
Gina Duke is the award-winning author of Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray (Abingdon Press), that introduces the gift of structured prayer journaling. You can enjoy her weekly #ShePrayerJournals weekend workshops on YouTube, and follower her on Twitter and Instagram at @TheGinaDuke.