I must say I was very surprised recently while reading my morning devotions. Usually I am encouraged and inspired and in agreement with everything I read (after all, I'm the one who chose which devotional to use every morning!)
This morning though, it read "God doesn't hear the cry of His children when they cry out in desperation. God hears the cry of a sinner because that's all he can cry about. But once you get born again, you ought to be crying out of faith. God hears the faith cry."
Of course my first question was "What is a faith cry?"
Romans 4:17 says it's calling things that be not as though they were. When situations arise, our first reaction will be to complain or have a pity party. If we are somewhat connected to God, we will run to Him telling Him all about our problem and asking Him to take it away.
The problem with this is that the moment we tell God about our problem is not when He finds out about it. He already knows what's going on with every detail of our lives. It's not wrong to communicate with God about what's going on in our lives but we have to know that He will not feel sorry for us and help us because we tell Him all of our problems.
If we want God to get on the scene and start changing our situation, we have to start saying what God says about the problem. God says, "Let the weak say 'I am strong'." (Joel 3:10) We should say "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This is something we are constantly working on with our 4 yr old... She is quick to start whining and say she can't do something.
Of course all of this has to be practiced regardless of how we feel in the moment! We can't let our emotions guide our actions.
This is why it's so important to spend consistent time in God's word so that when problems arise we can pull from what is already in our hearts- God's words.
I know I'm working on being more careful not to react like my 4 yr old, who only sees things for what they are. God has given us the ability to see beyond any problem!