Former procrastinators, let’s pray for the people suffering because of hurricanes, for those in their homes, on the road, seeking shelter, for authorities and all forms of responders, for safety, protection, strength, wisdom, for the thwarting of evil, the presence of God, for direction on how to pray and help. We have sisters in the Lord, family, friends in serious need. There are many unknown to us but dear to God also in need.
Recently I have been encouraged by biblical assurance that God is with you and me in the struggle for victory over procrastination.
In Psalm 113 I see that our high and glorious God humbles Himself to behold us here on earth. He raises the poor and needy out of the dust and ashes– in order to seat him with the princes of his people, rulers. Jesus lived among us and gave His own life to reconcile us to God. The Holy Spirit lives in us who trust Him. Our God is truly engaged with us.
In Luke 11: 5-13 I see the importance of persistence in asking for what we need. Our high and glorious God is our Father who wants to give us the Holy Spirit with whom come many amazing gifts that equip us to rule. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
If God wants to give to us, why must we persist in asking Him? Surely, it’s for our good. As we persist, we gain clarity and humility. We recognize our neediness and His all sufficiency. The Holy Spirit engages us to conform us to be like Jesus.
I’ve been praying: Lord, I often put things off, causing problems for myself and others. Get my attention and help me catch myself before I give in to procrastination in any way. Give me discernment to see what needs doing and when it needs doing. Show me what, when, how. Deliver me from fear, confusion, feeling overwhelmed, fatigue, and anything else that prompts me to delay. Give me the courage and power to make decisions and to act. Help me remember in Christ I am righteous and free to act in a timely manner. In Christ, you have loosed me from the power of procrastination. Bind me to biblical diligence so I am like Jesus. Like Him, I will work, play, and rest – each in its season. Thank you for these wonderful gifts! In Jesus’s name, Amen.
He is eager to give these things. The more we cooperate with His promptings and act, the more grace He gives us to act. Sometimes we see only the tiniest thing to do. But if we do it, we see another, then another. We move step by step into a job done, a habit changed, a vision achieved. Ask, Seek, Knock, Receive.
What is your own prayer – specifically naming the attitude and task for which you especially need Him?