Sometimes I have to remind my children “don’t just text me when you’re having a problem. Get in touch when things are going well.”
I am glad to help sort out the insurance claim when a driver failed to brake at a stop sign and crashed into the side of my daughter’s car. Well, actually, my husband was more help than me. Or I’m happy to proof read my son’s application for an industry placement next year.
However, I’m also over the moon when everything is running smoothly with their college flat mates, when they have enough money for the semester, and they’re getting good grades in their classes.
I know how difficult college can be. I would rather things went well and not hear from them, than things went wrong so they contacted me more often.
But, occasionally, “pick up the phone” I tease, “and say things are great.”
We want to join in their successes as well as their failures.
If not it can feel like I’m being taken for granted, that they fail to appreciate all we have done to smooth out the ride through college. I know that’s not the case, but sometimes it feels like it.
So, I wonder, do we behave the same way with our heavenly Father?
Do we cry out desperately about our needs as well as appreciate when he is there with us through the rough times, but fail to speak to him just as frequently when life is going swimmingly?
Perhaps, being a parent is a glimpse of our relationship with God as our parent and us as his children.
God wants to celebrate the good with us as well as carry us through the bad.
So, how do we pray when things are easy? We need to:
Routines can be boring. In no way do I mean this. Instead, we want prayer to be a habit. We want prayer to become a regular activity we do. But more than this, we want to crave it. It’s the craving that drives the habit.
We want to yearn for our time with God and not feel settled or content until we have spent time with him, whether it is during bad times or good times.
Jesus made prayer a habit. He prayed throughout the peak of his ministry—when the crowds followed him, when large numbers believed in him and many were healed. Jesus often went off by himself to spend time with his Father.
Jesus prayed regularly.
When work is a dream, finances are abundant, and the family aren’t fighting, pray powerfully.
Use prayer as a means to build a strong foundation to your faith, so you can stand strong when the storms come.
When we have a rock solid base, although we will struggle and be shaken during the storm, we will not be destroyed.
I’ve watched builders in the North East where I live. They make the most of fine weather before the long winter settles in. The construction site is busy with foundations being laid and houses being assembled during fair weather—when spring arrives and throughout the summer.
When the sun shines in your life, meditate on his Word, remind yourself of his promises, thank him for his goodness, or just rest and enjoy spending time with a good God.
Spend time with your heavenly Father even if you have no specific need to do so.
Don’t be complacent during good weather.
Finally, we must repent when we have neglected our relationship with God. Forgiveness is always available. A fresh start is always possible.
Let our problems and our praises keep us on our knees.
Perhaps, like me this is where you want to begin.