You start discussing the bank balance, but somehow end up arguing about the dirty underwear left in the bathroom!
Reference: v.14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Disagreements are a natural part of a relationship… well they are of mine! Cameron and I love each other very much, but we often have different opinions on certain topics.
When each person is particularly passionate about opposing sides of an issue, it is then that an argument may occur.
To deepen our relationship Cameron and I attended a marriage enrichment weekend. This was a chance to meet other couples, learn from some experts, and to spend time together discussing our relationship.
One of the things I remember the seminar leaders told us was that when you have an argument, identify what the argument is about. Once it is identified, then place something before you that symbolizes what you are discussing.
For example, if one person is unhappy with the amount of money their partner is spending, then take out your wallet and place it on the table in front of you. That way you have a clear understanding of what you are talking about.
So often in an argument other issues creep in. You start discussing the bank balance, but somehow end up arguing about the dirty underwear left in the bathroom!
Placing a symbolic item in the middle of the room allows you to stay focused on what the issue really is.
Application: I love how Hezekiah literally laid his concerns before God by taking the letter to the temple. The letter was sent by the enemy and was a small object that symbolized a great deal of fear for Hezekiah.
I think putting something tangible before God helps us to be aware of what our concerns truly are and gives us a focus in our prayer and petition. Some people write out all their prayers while others hold a bead to represent each request.
Our God is a tangible God. He gave us eyes to see, so I’m sure He can appreciate the need for a visual cue.
Having something physically before God does not simplify our request, but can keep us focused and specific in our communication with God.
Prayer: Lord, may we learn from Hezekiah and be willing to literally place our cares before You. Thank You that You are a God who is willing to take our burdens upon Yourself. Amen.
What do you need to lay before God? What is a tangible object that represents this concern?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.