Ask and it will be given to you.
Seek and you will find.
Knock and the door will be opened to you. ~ Matthew 7:7
When we ask God for something – for a desire that is on our hearts to be fulfilled or a need we have – are we actually leaving it with Him? Or do we hold onto an idea of what we want the answer to be? Do we trust that our heavenly Father will answer our prayers exactly the way He knows is best? Or do we get upset or disappointed and think in our hearts “No God, that’s not what I meant and not what I wanted.”?
I have to chuckle because I do that sometimes.
I can imagine God laughing tenderly and saying, “Yes child, I know that’s not what you meant, but I know this is better; trust me.”
God is all-knowing and sovereign. Yes, we can boldly approach His throne of grace through Jesus Christ our Lord, but our requests must be humbly left in His hands and submitted to His will and workings. God is not a cosmic wish grantor. He is our father and creator who knows best in every situation. He knows what things will benefit and grow us or corrupt and pollute us. Sometimes we ask for things we are not yet mature enough to handle, so the answer might come through trials that stretch and grow us. As we mature, we can handle what we have asked for and bring glory to God with it.
Then, there are times when the answer is an outright “no” because it’s just not good for us.
Jesus taught us how to pray. Especially, how to submit to our heavenly Father.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” ~ Luke 22:42
If Jesus, being fully God, can submit Himself to His plan for salvation and reconciliation for our sakes, then we can certainly submit ourselves to His will for our lives.
I’m learning to let go after I pray; to ask but not hang onto MY answer. I’m learning to lift up my prayer, submit myself to my Heavenly Father’s will and wait for HIS answer.
Thank you Father for answering all my prayers. Help me to submit to your will and wait on you for your perfect timing and your perfect answers to my humble supplications. Help me to not forget that you see everything while I only see one small point. I submit my will to you.