Ask God First


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7


How many times have you been asked to do something--a perfectly God-honoring, mission-fulfilling task--and you said "yes" only because you knew that's what the person asking wanted to hear? And how many times have you regretted that "yes" as soon as you hung up the phone? Consider this: That task may have been a burden you were not meant to bear.

Make no decision without prayer. Imagine not feeling the pressure to say "yes" when everything in you is shouting "no." Imagine the joy of conferring with God in the decision-making process. Imagine the relief when he says, "No, this is not something I want you to do," or the excitement when he says, "Yes, I will enable you to do this task. It's perfect for you."

No more people-pleasing. Your job is to be God-pleasing. That's what matters most.


Lord, remind me to make no decision without talking to you first.