Have you ever wanted something so badly and didn’t get it? Maybe it was a Christmas present that aired in a commercial every 20 minutes or the boy that was the dreamiest and seemed nearly out of your league or maybe something bigger. As an adult our prayers change because our needs increase.
Our prayers are serious right? Like, healthy children, enough money to give our babies the Christmas we think they deserve, or we prayer against the pain we feel from disappointment and rejection. We need healing and a restoration of trust that left from a cheating husband. We need the ability to juggle all the demands of being a wife and mother and more. We need friends that “get” us and that we can share our joys with. We need hope when we’ve lost someone or something precious to us.
And sadly but true, many people are praying for a meal or shelter or their sick babies to be healed. No matter who we are or our current circumstance-
We need, we need, we need….. and we want, we want, we want
But what happens when we don’t get what we “need” or “want”? First, can we take time to differentiate between needs and wants? Before asking for the next thing or the next opportunity, do we thank God for what we’ve been given already? Do we ask God for things according to His will and do we trust that He will only give us what is best? You see, many of our unanswered prayers are actually protecting us and/or making room for something better.
Wouldn’t it be a bummer to show up to a dinner party and on the counter is Brussel Sprouts and potatoes?! You assume that’s what’s for dinner so you fill up your plate. BUT THEN…. comes the barbecue, dinner rolls, bright green salad, and more. You have no room for the good stuff (frown emoticon inserted right here!) I think trust and faith is key in our prayers and communication with Christ. Trusting He hears us and want’s to give us the desires of our heart and faith in His choice to give or to not give. Remember, even Jesus, in His last attempt to be spared from the painful cross, said,
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Luke 22:42 NIV)
There is so much glory and redemption that came from Jesus not getting what he asked for.
We all have salvation because God’s “no” to Jesus is His “yes” to us.
So, I want to encourage you to have faith in God and His ability. Some things we want but not everything is good for us to have. In my prayer life, God always reveals things to me that I didn’t necessarily want to see. He never performs like a magician at my beck and call, rather he miraculously blows my mind and I’m so glad to give him the glory. Let’s grow our mind and increase our prayers to lean toward what God wants for us.
His desires for us are ALWAYS greater than our own no matter what! xoxo