Jesus is the Way – So Pray
“Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He Himself is the Way.”
Karl Barth, Swiss Protestant theologian of the 20th C.
In my last post I talked about being overwhelmed. Certainly it is easy to get so involved doing good and serving that you can feel that way. I have done this to myself countless times. I take on one more thing. It seems right when I am asked. But maybe I am doing it because I feel good that someone has asked me. Someone says to me that I would be good for that job – and my ego says, “thank you very much” – I will do it. Soon I realize that I should have taken the request to God first. Seeking God’s answer is always better – He may say yes, or He may caution me that this is not good for me or for Him at this time, or He may say – what were you thinking? No.
Jesus took time to seek God.
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16 NIV).
I am learning to do this; to look carefully at what I am asked to do. Is my heart in it? Will I feel resentful if I say yes? Is it pride that makes me want to say yes? These are questions to put to God and remember to listen for an answer.
Some things I tackle I know God is behind them as I am enthused, energized and joyful. Other things I know too that I shouldn’t have said yes. I struggle to finish those tasks, procrastinate and have no joy.
As Karl Barth says Jesus is the Way. So following the way I have found is the better way. How about you?