I’m just gonna read the Bible and hope God speaks to me. I’m just gonna go to church. I guess all we can do is just pray.
Do these sentences sound familiar? I’m sure they do and I’m sure they are not the only “just” phrases you use. So why do I say that the word just is ruining your relationship with Christ, well think about it this way. If you are married do you say, “I’m just going to take my wife out to dinner.” Maybe you have kids, do you say, “I’m just going to read them a bedtime story.” Maybe this one will resonate a little more for most of us, “I’m just going to get through the day at work.”
What are you really saying when you use the word just? It might not be what you meant to say, but the word just limits what you are doing to the bare minimum. “I’m just gonna run to the grocery store” means you are only going to the grocery store. Saying “I’m just going to pray”, or”The only thing we can do is just pray” is limiting what you are doing to the bare minimum. By that you are limiting what you believe will happen. Listen to the difference when I say, “I’m going to pray,” or “The only thing we can do is pray.” Do you hear the difference? It may be subtle but it is there.
Don’t limit God with your “justs.” He is not worthy of a just, He is so much more. Yes we should be praying, yes we should be reading the Bible, but saying or thinking “just” limits our expectations of what God is going to do as if it is a last resort.
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. – Psalm 5:3
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. – Mark 11:24
It’s not only prayer that we should do with expectations, look at what Jesus says in the following verses. Ask, seek and knock and He expect an answer, to find something and for a door to be opened.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:7-11