Often when we do not get the answer we desire right away, we attempt a “work around” in our own strength. This usually results in costly consequences.
I have struggled with this at times. Either I did not like the answer I received from God, or I grew impatient and tried to do things on my own. This behavior led me to suffer heartache and pain because I was unwilling to trust God’s leading and wait on His timing.
When we abide in Christ (meaning as Christians we seek to do His will), He hears our prayers and answers them in a way that glorifies Him. Our relationship with Christ confirms that we are indeed His children.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
Something amazing happened to me recently and is an example of praying God’s will and seeing His power revealed in my life.
It was the week of my fiftieth birthday party, and all the plans were in motion. Family members were excitedly helping me with arrangements. More than fifty friends and family members had RSVP’d for the big bash, but then the unexpected happened.
I woke up four days before the party with painful osteoarthritis in my right knee. With my left side still weakened from the stroke, I was unable to stand and struggled to get around. I was devastated and I spent most of the day treating my knee with hot and cold packs.
The treatments helped a little, but the pain relief was only temporary. I needed something more; I needed to pray.
I began to pour my heart out to God. I thanked Him for His love and the blessing of allowing me to see fifty years. I shared with Him how I wanted to take time during the “roast and toast” portion of the party to give my testimony, using seven of my favorite Bible verses—verses that have guided me along this life journey He has taken me on.
I knew there would be people at the party who did not know Christ as their Savior, and I wanted my life story to be an example of how God truly transforms lives.
I also shared with God my disappointment that I had been unable to attend church since officially becoming a member. I missed the fellowship with other saints and hearing His word taught as we worshiped Him. I prayed this way every day all day.
It was the day before the party, and I needed to get a haircut. I could feel that my leg was still not quite right, so I took some over-the-counter medicine. This is something I don’t like to do because of the side effects I experience.
Before going to the barber shop, my caregiver and I stopped at the drugstore. We picked up some more pain medication as I had just taken the last two pills.
On the way home from getting my hair cut, we grabbed some lunch, and she dropped me off at the house. I sat down to eat and prayed to God; I thanked Him for the food and prayed for my knee. Later that day after doing some reading, my knee felt different.
I rubbed my knee, and to my surprise, there was no pain. I decided to try standing without leaning on anything. I stood right up!
In that moment, I lifted my eyes up to Heaven, and I thanked my Savior for healing my knee. This was affirmation from God to share my story of faith and transformation at the party.
I was able to walk into my fiftieth birthday party the next day and share my testimony of faith intertwined with the story of my life and stroke recovery. I was blessed; everyone in the room listened intently while I shared the impact of God’s word in my life.
We must seek God’s will. He could show His will to us in the form of a challenge we are faced with: an unhealthy relationship or a situation we need to move away from. We need to listen humbly for His leading.
In the Bible, Jesus gives us an example of how to pray. It is known as the Lord’s Prayer. He says, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Anything or anyone who is not part of God’s plan for you is not worth pursuing. When we pray seeking God’s will for our lives, He hears our prayers.
Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Looking back on my life, I am so thankful and blessed for the times God said “no” or made it clear for me to wait on Him. I did not seek His will in my prayers but focused on my own selfish desires. I know God saved me from pain and misery on several occasions because of His unconditional love.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
As Christians, when we put God first in everything, including our prayer life, our desires align with His desires, and He hears us.
You must make sure your prayers are God-focused and not rooted in selfish motives. God hears your prayers when they are aligned with His divine will.
Father God, I humbly come to You seeking to know Your will. Reveal to me my motives as I come to You in prayer. I may not understand my circumstances, but You ask me to trust you. As I seek Your will, may I listen intently for guidance and be ready to obey with a willing heart. In the name of your son, Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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