Conntecting the Dots

When Dependency is a Good Thing

NOTE: I’m without internet access for several days while ministering at an evangelistic family camp in Poland. As a result, I’ve scheduled devotionals to be posted as usual on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until I return to someplace with internet. So, here goes with devotionals again…

When Dependency is a Good Thing

My 2 ½-year-old granddaughter is developing wonderful verbal skills. One of the things she says is, “Will you help me, please?” She speaks those words with confident expectation that Grandma will listen and respond. And she’s right – of course I’ll help her.

By the time you read this, I will have just completed a 13-day mission trip to Romania. I’ve delivered one Canadian short-termer to Slovakia where she was scheduled to minister at an evangelistic family camp with several other volunteers. And now my husband and I are leading a team of 14 short-termers at an evangelistic family camp in Poland. I’m fully aware of my inadequacies to accomplish anything of eternal value and by now I’m physically weary and wishing for a good night’s sleep in my own bed. My prayer, spoken many times a day is this: “Will you help me, please?” Like my granddaughter, I’m confident that God will answer.

Psalm 138:6 says, “Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.” Being humble simply means that we admit our dependency upon God. We admit our inadequacies and trust Him to meet us at our points of need. We don’t have to beg or plead; we just have to state the need and expect Him to answer.

What’s your need today? Are you tired? Are you lacking wisdom for a particular situation? Are you feeling discouraged? If so, remember that the Lord cares for the humble. Admit your dependency on Him with a simple prayer: “Will You help me, please?” and trust Him to answer.

How has God answered your prayers for help in the past?

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