Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.
What if you only talked to your parents once a week or even less than that? How would you tell them what you need or want? How would they tell you what you need to do? How would you say that you love each other if you didn’t talk very often? It would be crazy to only talk to your parents that often, right? But some of us do that with God.
The way that we know about God and who He is, and also what He wants us to do, is by reading what He has to say in the Bible and by praying. We talk to Him and tell Him our needs and wants when we pray, but if we don’t take the time to do it, we can be a big mess. I know that when I don’t pray I get a bad attitude. How about you?
It’s important that we talk with God everyday, just like it’s important to talk with your parents. It might seem like prayer is hard, but it’s really not as hard as we sometimes make it seem. Practice praying by just telling God what you liked about your day, thanking Him for those things. Tell Him what you didn’t like about your day and ask Him to help you with those things. It can be as simple as that. There aren’t any magic words or special ways to talk. Just talk to God. If you still don’t know what to say, ask God to help you pray. He says that He will.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26, NLT)
Now, do this. After you’re done reading this, ask your parents to pray with you. Let them pray some, but you should also take a turn. Will you try praying every day this week?
Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
How do you know what God wants you to do? Is it by doing what adults tell you God wants you to do? That’s good if the adults know for themselves what that is, but what if they don’t? What if they’re just as curious as you are what it is God wants from you?
The great thing is that God has told us all about himself and what He has done for us and wants us to do. We just need to read what He has to say in the Bible. We call the Bible God’s Word because He had people write down what He wanted all of us to know. Lots of the Bible is simple to understand, but some of it gets pretty confusing if we don’t know what to look for. That’s why it’s important that we don’t just read it, but actually study it. The difference is that we try to figure out what the Bible has to say about itself when we study.
Once we are clear on what God has said, it’s important that we obey Him. Knowing what to do and not doing it is sin (James 4:17). God doesn’t punish us when we mess up, but He does want us to follow Him and live the lives He created us for. Life is so much better when we obey Him!
Can you think of something right now that you know you’re supposed to obey because God said to do it? I’ll give you my example: I know that right now God wants me to teach you what I know about Him because He said in 2 Timothy 2:2 to pass along to other people what we’ve learned about Him. If I don’t do that, I’m not obeying. Now it’s your turn. What has God said in the Bible that you need to obey? What steps can you take right away to start doing that?