When I have gone through difficulties, I have become so consumed with the problems that I am facing, that I cannot see a way out of the situation. My problems felt like they were closing in on me, with no way out. The real problem is that I had become disconnected with God. I was trying to control the outcome, more than I was praying to God.
We will encounter difficult times and challenges. God will give us a way out, but we have grab that life line and take it. In the bible, the prophet Jeremiah warns that whoever stays in this city will die by sword. But, whoever leaves the city and surrenders will live. They will escape with their lives. God was going to destroy the city. God clearly told them to leave the city, if they want to live. Logically, it makes complete sense to listen to God. Leave the city and surrender or you will die. So everybody must have left, right? No, they didn’t.
Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague. But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; they will escape with their lives.
–Jeremiah 21:9 (NIV)
Why do we not listen to God? Do we think that we can do it on our own? Do we think that we know better? Do we think its too hard? I pray and try to do the right things, but I make mistakes daily. It is hard to admit that I am just like the people in the bible. I have to pray that God will help me do better each day. When I am in a situation and cannot see the way out, I have to pray to God to clearly see the way out. Then, I have to take that way out. Even if its uncomfortable. Even if I don’t understand it. Even if everyone thinks I am crazy. The more that I practice trusting in God with daily challenges, the easier it will be when I am faced with difficulties. God always provides a way out.
Prayer to Listen to God and Take the Way Out
I want to do what is right in your eyes. I pray that you guide me through each day, so I can do your will. God, you always provide a way out. I pray that I seek you when problems arise. God, show me the way out of all my current worries. I pray that I will listen to you, do what you say, and trust in you to get me through worries, problems and difficult situations.