How many times have we prayed and begged God to give us something or do something for us? Yet, sometimes we don’t see what we asked for being given to us, or done according to our desires and will. Ever wonder why? A couple years ago I went through an experience that allowed me to understand this, here is why:
1) HIS TIMING: We all hear this being preached to us constantly. Yet, how many of us truly understand why it’s so important to wait on His timing? Most of us focus on when God will make it happen, as opposed to trusting that God will make it happen. We live in a fast paced world that is set on the belief of “making it happen” on your own. There is no room for stillness and reliance on God. However if you stopped for just a moment, you would realize that God has already set in motion the plans that He has over your life. His plans for you are not waiting to begin, they began before you were even formed.. can you grasp that? There is a reason why it’s important to trust His timing – and although it could be frustrating – often times it’s not knowing, that actually keeps us going. Waiting on His timing doesn’t mean surrendering things in prayer, then getting back up and forcing things to happen in your life by your power – this would only exhaust your energy, and weaken your faith because without realizing it you would be competing for power against God. Instead, it means to surrender things to Him in prayer knowing that in His timing, if it’s His will for you, it will happen. There may be times when seasons and/or years might pass by before we see what we prayed for being fulfilled. However, that does not change the fact that He is still in control and at work. If you trust Him enough with your life, then you must learn to trust His timing over matters in your life.
2) PREPARATION: When a man decides to join the army, there is a gap from the time he is accepted into the army to the time he is on the battle field. The first place he must go to after recruitment, is a training camp. There, he will receive difficult training that will reshape his physical and mental state, to that of a soldier. In the same sense, there is a reason why there is a gap between what we have prayed for and when we receive it (or see it being fulfilled). It’s not to torture us, rather to equip and reshape us. Just because we have prayed for something it does not mean we are ready to receive it into our lives. Although we may desire it, if we are not trained and reshaped then we won’t know what to do with it, or how to handle it when we do get it. Remember the Israelites? God led them the hardest and longest way to the Promised Land because despite their desire of wanting to get there, He knew that they were not ready. There was much they still needed to be trained on and learn. Once you have submitted your requests to God, take a step back and use that “waiting period” for Him to shape you into the person you need to be for what you have asked for. Sometimes, you’d be surprised to know that what you are being prepared for, is far greater than what you have prayed for. 😉
3) RELY ON GOD NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING: Some of you may not like this paragraph for what I am about to say, but here it is. There will be times when what you have asked for will NOT happen or be given. Not any of us like the sound of that, but does this mean your prayers weren’t heard or He’s not in control? No & no. In fact here’s something better – He’s heard your prayers, and BECAUSE He’s in control He’s decided that He’s gonna give you something even better. Most of us decide to have tempter tantrums and kick our feet screaming when we don’t get what we asked for. We have a God who hears our prayers, but also has the ability to foresee if what we have asked for is beneficial or harmful, and instead of being thankful that He is looking out for us, we’d rather say to God:
“God, please give me this (job, man, woman, ministry, position etc.) if it’s your will; but even if it isn’t then give it to me regardless and let me get burned, destroyed or harmed by it anyway cause I want it MORE than the better things you already have in store for me. ”
Even though we are not verbally saying those things, our actions and attitude speak them louder than words would. We need to change that attitude and be comforted at the fact that He is all knowing. In all things, and through all things He is always working for our good. Our only option is to trust Him as we are not able to foresee what God sees, and know the greater things that God has in store for us. Don’t let your attitude and complaints of what God didn’t let you have, or didn’t do for you keep you away from the blessings He has already prepared for you which exceeded your requests.
4) RESPONSIBILITY: So many times we pray for things that we are not ready to work for. We want the blessing but we don’t want to get our nails dirty trying to cultivate and nurture the blessing – unfortunately that doesn’t work. We will ask God for apples, but we complain when God gives us the seed to plant an apple tree. Always remember that God doesn’t just give -He provides the means for you to grow and maximize your potential, anointing, talent, and gift. For example, good grades can be earned but only if you work for it, by studying. You can have a happy marriage but only if you work at it daily to ensure that the love and commitment you have made is always nurtured and guarded. You can excel in the place of your employment but only if you prove you are reliable, dedicated, and hardworking through your daily responsibilities. Much like these examples, the same principle applies to the things we ask from God. So the question is, are you ready for the responsibility that comes with what you have prayed for?
Since this is a blog, I will stop here and leave you with these 4 points to think about for this week. Remember that for as long as your trust is in Him, you will always see Him opening doors, creating ways, and giving you blessings that are far greater than what you plan or think for yourself – and it’s for this reason we also call him, Abba Father.
See you next Monday!