When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
James 4:3 (NIV)
“Sometimes God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. He wants you to trust Him.”
My friend, JC.
Yikes! Now what? I am realistic, but not a masochist. I want to believe that obedience is rewarded, but already I’ve made a mistake..I have a faulty premise. In believing that “obedience is rewarded,” I am believing in something besides God.
L. Vincent Poupard writes,
When we pray, we all hope that all of our prayers are answered in the way that we want. We do everything that we can to promise God that we will do whatever is wanted as long as we what we are asking for.
Sometimes we believe that God is not answering our prayers because we do not see our lives changing. God does answer every prayer that we make, just not always the way that we want.
We are heard. We are always heard. We may not like the answers; we may keep trying to ask differently, like that would made a difference. But the consequence of full surrender, which I’ve learned time and time again, is that things come to order…not because I do anything, but because I don’t while God does. That is the consequence of surrender...trust. The blessings are not the means to an end...patience, and sole reliance upon You Lord, that is my "now what." That is not so bad. So mcu has happened since I began writing my prayer, my struggles, charting my journey from a life lived well to a life lived abundantly. A life lived fully released to the Will of God. I tried it my way, and while it wasn't bad, it's not easy, and it's not why I was created. I was created to worship. I was created to glorify God, so that is what I will learn to do...consistently. I tried it my way, and while it wasn't bad, it's not easy, and it's not why I was created. So I'll make it a point to do as I was intended. Surrender. In Job 22:21-23 it is written,
“Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored.
This will not be easy, and I will not always get it right, but I will be “restored.” Re-established. Taken back. Reset. Restored. Restoration…a remarkable reminder that God is good.