Serving God can be exciting, but unchecked momentum can drag us into the murky middle. The more we strive to get things done, the harder life becomes. When we trudge through tedious days, it’s time to tap into our supernatural filter for the murky middle — prayer.
Before I moved to Nevada, I lived a few minutes from the Sacramento River. There was an awesome river trail with a spectacular view—except when the water was murky. Occasionally, erosion would muck up the river.
I recently read an article that explained how the energy in a river caused erosion. The pressure wears away soil and rock. It can even become harmful to fish and wildlife.
In a similar manner, life’s pressures can erode our joy, peace and patience. It can become harmful for our spiritual health.
Last July, I found myself exhausted. We were considering a move, but not sure. I was trying to understand God’s direction to the best of my ability, but what can I say, sometimes my spiritual receptors are off. I was desperate to know I was tracking with God.
The pressure was eroding my peace. Spiritual erosion left me in the murky middle.
That following month our church announced a thirty-day prayer vigil. The church was open 24/7 for prayer.
I decided to pray every day for the entire month of August. The time slot that would not conflict with work, family and appointments was four o’clock in the morning. Ouch!
Without God’s help, I wouldn’t be able to get up at three o’clock in the morning to drive to church. I asked God to please give me favor, and help me honor my commitment.
I Can See Clearly Now
The month of August was life changing. Prayer became my supernatural filter. It filtered out fear that often triggered the doubt, worry, and discouragement. The more I met with God, the more His Spirit refreshed my spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit flowed like fresh water.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
– Gal 5:22-23 New American Standard Bible
There is power in persistent prayer. God cleared up my mucky middle with His supernatural living water.
Five months later, we are settled in our new home, church and environment. I can honestly say, “God was right!” Go figure. But here’s an important point. It wasn’t about how, when or where I prayed. It was about the one who heard my prayers. Max Lucado said it best:
Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.
– Max Lucado
Don’t Journey Alone
When you find yourself stuck in the murky middle, pray. God hears your prayers. God guides His beloved, and He will refresh you with His living water.
You don’t have to pray for thirty consecutive days or get up at three o’clock in the morning. That was my journey. God has a unique and glorious journey for you.
I love the oldies, so I thought it would be fun to share 1972’s hit by Johnny Nash, “I Can See Clearly Now.”
Share Your Story
Has God brought you through a “shout out loud” journey? I hope you’ll take a moment and share a few words in the comments below.
Have a blessed weekend!
“A Quote by Max Lucado.” Goodreads. Accessed January 30, 2015. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/813471-our-prayers-may-be-awkward-our-attempts-may-be-feeble.
“Johnny Nash Bio | Johnny Nash Career.” MTV Artists. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://www.mtv.com/artists/johnny-nash/biography/.
“Muddy Rivers, Murky Sound.” Muddy Rivers, Murky Sound. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://www.fws.gov/nc-es/edout/albemudmurk.html.
New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.
“River Processes: Types of Erosion, Transportation and Deposition.” A Level Geography. July 24, 2013. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://www.alevelgeography.com/?page_id=162.