“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13.17
Is it possible to pray about things too much? I’m not sure how much Paul prayed about where he should go. Sometimes he had visions but at other times it seemed as if he travelled to a different place to see what would happen! On one occasion he came up against closed doors and had to abandon going to there. It seems that what drove him was his desire to fulfil his calling; to do what God had called him to do in every place he went.
We often wonder what God wants us to do, and then we wait until he tells us. This is incredibly wise when it comes to life changing decisions, but in our everyday Christian lives the call just seems to be to get on with it! In today’s verse, Jesus encouraged his disciples to get on with doing the things of God - showing love to others, and in this way demonstrating the love of Jesus.
Instead of praying to God and saying, “Tell me what to do next”, why not ask him to give you boldness - and then keep your eyes open for ways in which you can serve him today.
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