Biblical Living, Church Life, Community, Prayer

God has technical answers too

On a recent Sunday, many different people shared their stories of God answering their prayers about unique situations. It was great to hear! There was such a colourful variety to them, showing how our God wants to be Lord of everything in our lives — not just the things we might traditionally think to pray about.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

Whilst prayers and stories in the Bible about money or food can be easy to apply to our lives, those about fishing, farming or even war are harder. We can see them as antiquated or treat them solely as metaphors. Beside any intended deeper meaning, they also show God speaking into the careers of the time. If Jesus walked in our society today, might his stories involve nurses, engineers, or council workers?

“Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.” – John 21:5 (MSG)

So my favourite testimony from that meeting came from Simon. Some details were technical, some should remain private. He had felt led by God to champion a solution for an issue that his company is in a position to address, but his bosses rejected it. God remained faithful and they have since been unexpectedly changing their mind.

I agree with Simon that we need more ‘geeky’ prayers! Prayers resulting in testimonies that are hard to explain because they were God-given solutions to technical problems. Testimonies that can’t be fully shared because of confidentiality. Testimonies demonstrating God working alongside us in the very roles he placed us in.

Here’s mine:

I’m a programmer. One of the websites I work on is translated into several languages, and enforces an editorial workflow so that drafts can be written and then approved by the right people. Recently, a software update broke certain structured content whilst simultaneously breaking the editorial workflow across translations.

I could not figure out how to fix it, which then totally stressed me out over a bank holiday weekend. Eventually I realised I needed to ask God to help. He got me through my degree, he got me to where I am today in my job. He would know the answer. So I prayed and God started by giving me humility to ask for help. By the end of the next workday, with help from some colleagues, we had planned a solution. The software wasn’t going to change easily, but God had revealed a way around its constraints.

It’s not the first time God has given me new ideas to try when working on a problem at work, or He’s helped me see it in a new light. He knows more about programming than me! Praise God!

Healings are exciting. Sharing the gospel with someone is amazing. God’s precise provision for times of need is wonderful. Pray for those things, and share stories about them. But pray about the hard-to-explain unique-to-your-vocation issues you face too. No problem is too technical or mundane for Him, simply ask for His help. Let God’s light shine over even the confusing, dreary, or obscure!

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

What problems are you facing at work? What stories do you have of God’s faithfulness?

James W

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