45Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray." (Mark 6:41-46)
Did you see it? Let me print it again and try to make a word pop out at you...
"After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray."
We seem to have nailed the idea of praying BEFORE an important event:
- The test
- Labwork that may reveal cancer
- The wedding
- The event you've been planning for a year
Where I seem to fail in following the example of Jesus is praying AFTER...
- ...the marriage begins
- ...my event went off without a hitch
- ...I bombed my test (or aced it!)
- ...the lab test comes back positive (or negative!)
When a life event is over, we either (1) congratulate ourself or (2) tell ourself to learn from it and move on.
Perhaps we should lean on God AFTER an event as well! It seems awfully selfish to ask God for help before-hand and then take the credit afterward! And yet, I've been guilty of this SO many times in my life.
So next time, take a page from the life of Jesus: Pray before AND after that important happening in your life.