I can remember being young and asking my mom for all these crazy things. When you’re young, you ask for everything. Piercings, tattoos, gold teeth, jewelry, all types of stuff. My moms would say, “Wait til you’re 18.” That was the end of the discussion. I was stuck waiting. I could’ve found away around her but I would’ve gotten what I wanted and been miserable trying to hide it.
Then, I got older and went to my mom one day and told her thank you. I said, “Thank you mom for not letting me get everything I wanted. Thank you for doing what you seen best and knowing in the future I would regret getting all those things.” She knew that if I just waited I wouldn’t have wanted it anymore. I would change. Things would change. The times would change. She gave me a chance to grow before making sudden decisions.
I still got some things I wanted, when I got older. I have tattoos and I had a couple body piercing and I had to live with the consequences. You get a job and have to hide parts of body and take your piercing out. That’s what I decided for myself, not my mom decision for me.
What are you asking God for? We pray to God and expect Him to come through for us like a slot machine. We should always be winning right? James 4:3 says, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” I’m guilty of that. I use to pray for money and go waste it at the mall. Then pray for more because I’m broke. My Heavenly Father provided the need but, I didn’t use it wisely. Some things like healing, deliverance, love, food, or should I steal are things already answered in His Word! You just have to look! I’m talking about the particular things in your life like praying for a house, a car, to get married, to go to Vegas, to have a baby, or even win the lottery. How should you know God is answering you? What does God want for us?
We can answer this in Matthew 6:9-10 when Jesus says, “Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We are to praying for God’s will for us and not what WE want at that time. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
One time my daughter asked me for a piece of gum. She’s 2. Gum to her is candy not chewing gum. After she swallowed the first piece (I knew she would), she asked for more. I told her no. She started to cry and ask over and over. I said no, “You don’t know what to do with gum.” When I stepped out the room, she went in my purse and open every piece of gum. She had this big chunk of slimy gum on the floor she had a put out. She got what she wanted but, it was too much for her to chew.
I know the Lord cares about what I care about but He loves us so much that He wont give us too much to chew. I get frustrated when it seems like God just isn’t hearing my prayers. I’m praying the same things over and over. I’m waiting and waiting. Then, I have to evaluate my prayers. I’m a praying for my own self-ambition, what I desire. Or I’m I praying for what Jesus desires for me.
He knows what’s best. Jesus knows if these things we desire will harm us more than bless us, if the timing is right, or worst, will it weaken our relationship with Him. “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”, says Matthew 16:26. It’s not worth getting in the middle of you and Jesus.
I remember reading about this lady who wanted to get married. She always prayed for a husband and God had answered her prayers! They stayed in an apartment, a normal two bedroom apartment, in a nice neighborhood. But the wife wanted better. She told her husband, “I’m going to start praying for houses on the other side of town, where the rich people stay.” Her husband said, “Why? What’s wrong with what we have now? Its enough for us.” But she knew they could do better and deserved better. After waiting a while and not getting the speeding response from God she hoped for, she decided to just start looking for a house. The husband wanted to make her happy and so he starts to work a second job. He buys her this big beautiful home on the other side of town where the rich people stay. She loves it. She is thrilled with decorating and planning parties and having everyone admire her house. Well, the husband, who is struggling to pay a mortgage and provide for his wife, is rarely there. She’s always at home in this big beautiful house alone. She desired this home and made it happen her way but, she was on the way to divorce because her husband was always working and never had anytime for her.
We can go and try to make things work our way but it’s not what God intended. We are to depend on Him and wait for Him before we take of running. We can buy things we can’t afford, love people that don’t mean us any good, even scheme our way into what we want. Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” God gives us what we need, when we need it and how we need it, so we can enjoy it.
Prayer is about believing in something that isn’t seen, faith. When you pray believe you have already received it like Jesus said. Release your care to our Heavenly Father and He knows what to do. Just be patient and trust in him. Like the older saints say, “He may not come when you want Him, but he’ll be there right on time.”
Be blessed God’s people!