Monday hit me full force this morning. Getting back to waking up on time after several days of sleeping in. Allergies burning my eyes, filling my throat with gunk, and making my head fill like it weighs a ton. Hovering over me with a gloom as heavy as the clouds that hide the sun today. Filtering through my attitude and my ability to mentally process or respond well to my family.
Knowing that the day would be full and that I needed to be up and about gave me motivation, but not inspiration. I knew I would do it because I had to. But I also knew I would welcome the end of the day.
I worked through my devotional reading and pulled out my prayer journal. Staring at the prayer list, I could hardly process the requests that needed prayer this morning. In desperation, my heart cried, “Lord, help me know how to pray through this fog!”
You know, I think the Lord smiles every time we ask Him to help us pray. For some reason, the God of the universe wants a relationship with me. I know it to be true. I see it throughout Scripture. But it still blows my mind every time. He wants me to pray because He wants a relationship with little old me. Sluggish me. Ornery me. Agitated me. Whiney me. He wants me to come to Him in prayer.
But there is more to it than that. He wants me with Him all day. And when my heart called out to Him this morning, that is exactly what He showed me.
God has a perfect plan for this day, Monday though it may be. He can accomplish His plan with or without me. But do you know what He desires? He desires that I be a part of it. And it all starts when I intentionally go beyond that prayer list and seek His heart through prayer.
Next comes obedience. Rejoice in the Lord always. Think on these things. Pray without ceasing. All of the things that will take my Monday attitude and turn it into a focus on Christ that does not care what day of the week it is.
That obedience ushers me in, allowing me to focus on His plan for this day. And that is where He wants me to be. The mind-boggling, overwhelming truth is that He wants me!
It is still a Monday. The allergies are still burning my eyes, I still want a nap, and the clouds are still gloomy. But this day is the Lord’s, and He wants me to be a part of His plan. That, my friends, is inspiration enough for me.