"Ask for rain from the Lord in the season of Spring rains..." (Zechariah 10:1)
In other words, bring your prayers into alignment with the season of life you are in. What good does it really do to ask for snow in the heat of the summer months? You're out of sync with the season. Or (to bring it down to a human level), what good is it really to ask God for fame in a season when he is clearly teaching you humility and selfless service to others?
The verse reminds me of how important it is to "read" the times of your life, to recognize and name the season God has you in now, and to consciously pray in cooperation with his Spirit's work in you. Watch for the signs, notice the themes that keep showing up, regularly take a look at your life from 10,000 feet up:
- What is the season God has you in right now? Is it Summer, Winter, Spring or Autumn?
- What is the landscape he is leading you through? Is it a desert, a fertile valley, a land of springs, or a mountain height?
There are seasons and lands in which certain prayers have more power than at other times. If it is a season of winter (of hiddenness, where little life is evident on the surface of things), rather than offer prayers of resistance (i.e. "get me out of here! bring on the summer sun!), why not pray in alignment with the times (such as, God, show me the beauty of winter; deepen the "roots" of my life in faith and trust; show me the secrets of hidden places)?
One vital caveat here: I'm not talking about praying in alignment with a season that God has not led you to. Not everything that happens is from God's hand, nor is every "season" we encounter God's will for us. Be discerning. I'm talking only about the season that is God-ordained--where he has brought you.
How about you? What season has God brought you to--and how can you begin to pray in alignment with God's work within this season?