"And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord."
2 Chronicles 12:14
I talked about this scripture in a previous scripture of the day, a long time ago. But it struck me again today. It's interesting to me because I think one thing that I do a lot is expect God to be there when I look for him, no matter when or where... whether I have the spirit or not, whether He and I are on good terms that day or not. I look up at the ceiling and start pouring out whatever it is... rage or happiness. And unfortunately, it is too often the former, or something near to it. Less thankfulness, more "why?" ... and I think that is where this scripture comes in, at least for me. I want God to help me, but I am not doing the work that it takes on my side... to prepare my heart to seek him.
I went to the temple earlier this month, and I think about how the Lord's house feels... calm, peaceful, no contention involved. I think that's how my heart has to be, in order to really communicate with God... to find him, to petition him for help. And I need to do the work that it takes to get to that point before I go demanding things (! demanding something from God? what an insane concept... but I do... I do), or at least asking aggressively. :)
I don't think that praying is ever a bad thing, even if we are having a bad day... but today, let's take some thought and look at our hearts before we seek the Lord. Are we ready? Are we in a position where we can talk to the Lord calmly, peacefully... lovingly? Let's try to show him some respect today, and stop treating him like a ... magic 8-ball or a vending machine. He's our Father, and he does care about us. Let's make sure we remember that, as we engage in communication with him today.