Day 23 of 40-Day Prayer Challenge
When God says no to a prayer, it doesn’t always mean no; sometimes it means not yet. It’s the right request but the wrong time.
Sometimes we have to be willing to give something up to God in order to get it back from God. Like Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac, it will probably be something that is precious to us. It may even be a fift from God,, just like Isaac was to Abraham. But God will test us to make sure the gift isn’t more important than the Gift Giver, the dream isn’t more important to us than the Dream Giver. He’ll test us to make sure it’s not an idol. If it is, that dream, gift, or desire might need to die so that it can be resurrected. But God often takes things away to give them back so that we know they are gifts to be stewarded for His glory.
Most of us don’t like to wait. But waiting is part of praying, and praying is a form of waiting. Prayer will sanctity our waiting, so we wait with holy expectancy. And waiting doesn’t delay God’s plans and purposes. It always expedites them. Waiting is the fast track to whatever it is that God wants to do in our lives. And we’ll discover that on God’s timeline, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
In our impatience, we often try to do God’s job for Him. We only obey when it’s convenient, and then we discover that it’s never convenient. We work as though the world revolves around us and relies on us. Maybe it’s time to rest as though the world revolves around and relies on the Creator who hangs the stars and spins the planets.
Let me come right out and say it: we’re way too busy. In the words of the Apostle Paul, we’re “busybodies.’” We’re constantly trying to do more and more in less and less time. The net result is that we don’t have any margins in our lives. And that is when prayer gets marginalized. We think we have too much to do to pray, but the exact opposite is true: we have too much to do not to pray! The more you have to do, the more you have to pray.
What to pray? Salvation for family and friends.
June 26, 2018