But this is not true. The truth is: We need the Lord’s help for every moment in every day. We have been made by Him – and we must be sustained by Him.
The success of our lives and ministries is dependent upon the power of God’s Spirit. We must always – and in all ways – rely upon Him. This is the simple childlike dependence which we must maintain.
Being childlike and dependent upon God does not mean we are to never grow up. God also desires for us to mature as sons and daughters – to grow up spiritually and partner with Him in accomplishing His purposes (Eph 4:11-16).
David was a good example of a man who was a mature leader and yet remained dependent upon the Lord. David was a bold warrior and dynamic leader. But he uttered many prayers of childlike dependence on God, such as: “Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me; for I am poor and needy” (Ps 86:1); “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother” (Ps 131:2).
David was a man of achievement, leadership skill, and accomplishment. Yet he readily acknowledged his need for God’s help and his full dependence upon the Lord. He understood the principle that God was his source for everything he needed – and that as one of God’s children, he could ask boldly for, and trust in, God’s help.
Let us remember the words of Jesus in this regard: “I am the Vine, you are the branches… without Me you can do nothing… If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you… you [will] bear much fruit…” (read John 15:1-8).
C. ASK FOR SPECIFIC GUIDANCE
“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day” (Ps 25:4,5). “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left” (Isa 30:21).
These words of Scripture help to teach us that: 1) We can ask God for specific direction; and 2) We can expect Him to give us instruction at crucial points if we remain open to Him and His leading – “on you I wait all the day”.
God does not want us to become mystical or superstitious in our daily duties. We do not need God to tell us every day what He has already told us in the Scriptures.
For example, we do not need Him to tell us whether or not we should go to work; the Scriptures already tell us that this is expected of us (2 Thess 3:10). Neither do we need God to tell us that we should love our wives or teach our children about Him – again, these are things God has already told us (Eph 5:25; Deut 6:7).