Withdraw in Prayer

“But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:33 NIV)

I found the above verse in yesterday’s devotion for dieters. Since the verse was taken out of context, I decided to read the entire chapter. Proverbs is in the Old Testament, which to me, who knows very little about the Bible, mostly means it’s based in fear. Before Jesus, people were taught to fear the Lord, and those who did so were seen as wise. That’s also what this chapter seems to say.

However, this particular verse is quite positive. The author of the devotional uses it to make the point that, when we are troubled, we can and should turn to the Lord in prayer.

As I wrote in an old reflection, Jesus himself suffered human temptation. There were, like the author of the devotion for dieters says, also many times when he was persecuted. He didn’t answer in destructive ways, either by attacking the people who persecuted him or by giving in to temptation. Rather, he withdrew and prayed.

The people of the Old Testament may have had a hard time turning to God, because God hadn’t forgiven humanity yet. At least, if I lived in the time of Proverbs 1, I’d not be led to turn to God for guidance that easily, despite what is written in the last verse. However, through Jesus, we can be assured that a loving God will guide us and help us overcome the pressures of life and our human temptation. Jesus knows what it’s like to be under pressure and he also knows what it is like to resist temptation – successfully. By turning to our Lord and Heavenly Father when under stress, he set an example.

Willpower, as I said last month, is the will to turn over the reigns of our life to God. We don’t have to do this thing called life alone.

I have been doing okay’ish in the eating disorder and self-harm departments lately, despite having been under a lot of pressure. In part, this is because I’ve been withdrawing from the pressures of daily life more. That still doesn’t mean I’ve turned myself over to God. I withdraw into ordinary things, like books, writing, pampering myself with body care products, etc. I don’t say this is wrong, but it isn’t doing anything but temporarily distracting me from the pressures of life.

God can help us truly overcome our suffering. He teaches us to pray and, as is written in Proverbs 1:33, listen. If we listen for God’s guidance, we may realize that He will take care of us. I’m not there yet. I’m working on it, praying about it though.

14 thoughts on “Withdraw in Prayer

  1. May the Lord bless you as you continue your journey in both getting to know Him and in overcoming your self-harm and eating disorder. The Old Testament is FULL of people who messed up but still loved the Lord. Most of the time the fear they had for the Lord was a wonderful healthy respect — and the book of Proverbs is about living a wise life that will bless you and others around you. Keep on seeking the Lord and His Word, and He will bring you deeper understanding. πŸ™‚

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  2. I like your definition of Willpower vs. the world’s definition which is totally dependent on self. You said willpower is the will to turn over the reigns of our life to God. Love it! Need it!! πŸ˜‰

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  3. I loved what you shared about willpower– “Willpower, as I said last month, is the will to turn over the reigns of our life to God. We don’t have to do this thing called life alone.” So much of the time during my struggles I find myself trying to control circumstances, then Jesus gently reminds me that I need to give it over to Him. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. I love your openness and honesty in your struggles. And how you are growing. May God bless you in your ongoing journey. And, even after years of following Him, I’m not their yet either–I’m still learning, growing, and praying things through too.

    Wishing you a blessed week!

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  5. I feel so honored to be a part of your journey. Thank you for inviting us to where you are “right now.” So many people want to share things after they have been worked through with the Lord, and I know the Lord will honor your transparency during this challenging process. Praying you receive the peace He has for you and that you have a blessed week as you pour your heart to Him. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  6. I have this devotional, I will have to look for this post but your transparency is beautiful. Your story is powerful thank you for sharing with us. I pray that you continue to overcome and through prayer continue to see victory.

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  7. Thank you for sharing and being open in your struggles and your journey. God is with you, fighting alongside you! Thanks for your transparency and realness!

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