When you tell your child to do something and she whines and asks you to do it for her, doesn’t that annoy you?  She can perfectly do it herself; you’ve seen her do it before, but for some reason she wants you to do it for her.

This annoys me, too.  Yet, the Holy Spirit is trying to teach me something: how am I different with God?  He prompts me to do His will.  He knows I can do His will, because He’s seen me do it before.  But, for some reason, I want Him to do it for me.  “You do it for me, Abba.”  How is my whining any different than my child’s?

You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord,
for I cry to you all the day long.
 Give joy to your servant, O Lord,
for to you I lift up my soul. (Psalm 86)

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