“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he has done.”
Whatever dysfunction brings us through the front door of our churches and Celebrate Recovery, we are met by people who are living testimonies that God is real, that Christ died on the cross for our sins, and in His resurrection we are invited to have an eternal intimate relationship with Him. This relationship for most of us starts with prayer. The prayers may be out of desperation; pleadings to get us out of one more bad scrape, forgive me one more time, or ‘I promise God this is the last time I will ask you.’ Those were my prayers before recovery, asking God for help only when I ran out of my options, then having the nerve to be mad with God because he didn’t answer them. Not much of a relationship with God is it, maybe some of you can relate. I would play God just as long as it was working, but when the chips were down then I would ask the one true God for help. When life got a little better I would play it all out again. In recovery we call this insanity.
You all know the saying, ‘Watch out what you pray for, you may not like the answer.’ We come into recovery with a story of what’s wrong with us; addiction, co-dependency, un-forgiveness, resentment, control, anger, and many more situations too numerous to name. And we pray, ‘God if you would just relieve me of my afflictions, life would be okay.’ How does God answer these prayers? If you are like me, the answer to prayer is not a quick fix from God. Our obsessive and compulsive behaviors are but a symptom, God will get us to the causes and conditions that are at the root of our problems. We learn that some of our prayers need to have feet; we need to do our part in the process.
As we get more involved in the 12 step journey we at some point say, ‘wait a minute, I just wanted to stop the pain but God has me doing a total make over!’ Watch what you pray for, God is listening and he is responding. Sometimes we get more than we bargained for, we call them miracles. Only God can do that. Thank you Jesus!
Have a great God filled week.
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
October 15-21, 2018
Friday, October, 19: Lesson Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for food and fellowship.
- 7pm: Join us for an hour of worship and a lesson from Jimmy on GRATITUDE.
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Solid Rock Café.
A new Men’s 12 Step Group has started, meeting every Monday at 6:30 pm in room 137 at Crossroads Church. Contact [email protected]