Here is how to tackle impossible changes in life with prayer, not your resignation.
Faced with a hopeless, impossible problem?
What is your biggest problem? What is your greatest need? What is the greatest hindrance in your life?
What do you think is impossible to change in your life? What have you given up hoping for?
The problem that you identify as the biggest obstacle in your life should be impossible for you to overcome. It should be insurmountable. Think of a problem that you have given up on. It should be something that you have resigned to live with. You have resigned to the fact that it will never change.
It might be a character flaw that you have failed to overcome. It might be a behavior problem. It might be a physical problem. It might be a relationship problem. It might be a health problem. Whatever it is, it is insurmountable. There is no hope of change. You see no way of correcting or overcoming it. It is beyond your control.
Conquer the impossible with the power of prayer
I would like you to consider this problem in your life as a prayer project. This should involve a prayer to change the problem in you. This is not about changing others. They must make their own choices. God will persuade, but He will not force anyone to change their mind. God allows you and all of us to make our own choices. Then we live with the consequences.
Focus on what your choices are. Focus on what you can decide to change that has defied your attempts to change. Don’t overlook spiritual problems.
How are you doing spiritually? What is your relationship with Christ like? Are you fulfilling the first and great command? Do you love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind?
Focusing on the greatest need of all needs
You might be thinking that there is a problem in your life that is hindering you from loving God. You might be thinking that you must first resolve that problem before you can really focus on loving God. This is not true. You can work on resolving both problems at the same time, but you cannot justify neglecting your first love in order to solve a “more” pressing need. There is no more pressing need than your love for God. This is the reason Jesus refers to it as the first command.
In Matthew 22:37–38, Jesus says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” If this is the first and great commandment, then the first and great sin is failing to love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind. If you do not love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, then this is your greatest problem in life. It demands your attention as the first concern to pray about.
Choosing to change what God wants changed
More than likely, you identified the greatest problem in your life as something that bothers you a lot, something that causes you a lot of grief and pain. It is something that you really want to change. But what about what God wants? He is your Creator. He is the one who designed you. He knows what you need. He knows what will make you happy and fulfilled. He says that your first and greatest concern should be your love for Him.
To determine the biggest problem in your life requires asking God what He thinks is your biggest problem. According to Matthew 22:37–38, the first and greatest need is to love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind. Does that surprise you? Does that disappoint you?
Changing your attitude to tackle the biggest problem
If you are struggling with the idea that loving God is greater than any other problem in your life, then you need to pray about changing your attitude. This is what you need to pray for. This is your biggest prayer project. This is the first and great problem that you need to pray about. Ask God to teach you and to help you love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Here is how to know that you love God as you should. Matthew 8:18–23 says, “Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.”
When you love God as you should, you will follow Christ. You will eagerly seek His counsel and rejoice when you hear it. You will do as He commands. You will go where He tells you to go. Your primary concern is what He wants you to do.
This is the kind of relationship God wants with you. Is this the kind of relationship you want to have with Him? It is your choice. No one can make this choice for you.
Overcoming the fear to change
Are you afraid of making such a whole–hearted commitment to Him? Are you hesitant about truly dedicating your life to Him? Do you fear His will for your life? Are you afraid of having to give up your personal goals and comforts?
First John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” If you are afraid of God’s will for your life or of surrendering your life completely over to Him, then you are failing to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is your greatest need. This is what you need to pray about more than anything else.
And here is something very important to keep in mind for your prayer project. If your relationship with God is not good, then your prayer life is not good. Your prayer life is only as good as your relationship with God. If you want to succeed in your prayer project to overcome major problems in your life, you need a good, quality relationship with God. You need to focus on the first and great commandment in order for your prayer life to be successful.
If you are struggling in your relationship with Christ, then you are struggling in your prayer life. If you want God to grant your prayers and help you overcome problems that cause pain and sorrow in your life, you need to begin praying about your relationship with Him. Praying for God to teach you and help you love Him is the first prayer to having all other prayers granted.
Three prayers for changing the impossible
- Pray to surrender your life to do God’s will.
- Ask God to teach you how to love Him and pray.
- Ask God to change you and your problem.