It's always good to find helpful advice. As a life coach, I also like to give helpful advice. But good advice can never replace the wisdom and answers God gives.
Yes, God often speaks through the writings of others. I trust he will use my love of writing to speak to you. But you may read my advice and leave with head knowledge when what you're really seeking is heart knowledge.
Similarly, you may find an answer to your dilemma on the Internet, but applying what you find to your situation may be another matter. You need answers backed with power. You long for answers that resonate with your heart. You want to feel validated and on the right path.
Tap Into God's Power
This is why prayer is the most useful tool you can use for finding answers. The Bible says when we believe on Jesus, we received the POWER of the Holy Spirit. His power gives wisdom, courage, strength, insight, direction, and healing. This is power beyond mere words.
Putting his power into place isn't always quick, easy, or effective. I've got situations in my life, as I'm sure you do, that I'd like resolved quickly. His power isn't similar to waving a magic wand. His power requires faith, trust, patience, and hope. His power requires his authority. We have to listen carefully for what we think he's saying.
Though we may have ideas of how things should work, God's plan will supersede our ideas. And that's a good thing. For example, I've just come through a 21-day hormone reset diet. I have lost a few pounds, but more importantly, I've lost inches. As I have re-entered food, I've had to be careful not to slip back into old habits. There have been times when I've been tempted to have something not on my plan and God has redirected me.
All Types of Prayers
Many of us pray breathy prayers through our day. It takes discipline to actually stop, focus, and stop jiggling in order to pray the kinds of prayers that relieve us of stress though. I like to pray while walking my dog, doing housework, and so on, but the best prayers are when I'm more intentionally focused.
I like to write prayers in a journal. I like pray while in a yoga pose, as I sit on my yoga ball, as I sit in a favorite chair, as I walk around my basement, or as I sit on my steps or back porch.
A discussion recently on Facebook was in reference to Introverts being self-centred. The woman's comments made me wonder how true that was. It made me examine myself to see how many of my prayers are about me, since I consider myself an introvert.
Yes, I am pretty self-centred. So I need to be more intentional about praying for others as I would have them pray for me.
The main point of this blog post though, is to remind you that God hears all prayers. He hears the written prayers, the whispered prayers, the spoken prayers, and the silent prayers. No matter how you do it, PRAY.