Think back on the earliest memory of a prayer you sent up and truly desired to come true. Got it? Was your prayer funny or serious? If God answered my earliest prayers, I would be married to Jonathan Taylor Thomas with 15 babies living in a mansion made out of Lisa Frank’s brightest dreams.
I prayed the prayer, and God answers prayers, right? So why do my pillow cases not have unicorns and rainbows on them? Why don’t I have a phone in the shape of lips? And, why is short little Jonathan Taylor Thomas not sitting beside me watching Saved by the Bell in our monstrous living room while our 15 babies run around the house? Laugh it up. What was your prayer?
Thankfully, God is the architect of our blueprints. He can see the masterpiece before we can. Not everyone can be an architect and no earthly architect has divine powers. What about those times we aren’t ten years old with silly, trivial prayers? What about the serious prayers? The ones like: “God please heal my mom’s cancer”. What happens when we send those serious prayers up and we think he doesn’t hear us? Sometimes the blueprint God designed doesn’t include healing our mom from cancer and sometimes it does.
Think about this: We are only here on earth for a short period of time, cherish every moment. He lends us family and friends for the short haul. Everyone passes away, and it’s always painful to those left behind. We all experience pain, loss, and grief. Think of the pain Jesus felt. He knew he was going to die. He didn’t do it because he wanted to. He did it because his Father told him that was his legacy. He died for all of us. He experienced a pain far greater than anyone has ever felt and and won’t ever feel again. Understand that our pain is not comparable to the pain God felt while sacrificing his Son to save a bunch of sinners. Know that Jesus’s pain was incomparable. How can you grow through the pain of an unanswered prayer? Who can you help because of your unanswered prayers? Look for the gain through the loss. Sometimes the gain doesn’t benefit us but may be life changing for someone else. Recognize and appreciate the blessings that occur because your prayers were unanswered, whether it is immediate or ten years down the road.
1 John 5:14-15 “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”
I guess God wasn’t pleased with Lisa Frank and JTT being in my future. Oh, and the 15 babies either. He knew I wasn’t good for that. For real. Not only did I pray to marry Jonathan Taylor Thomas, but I also sent him a hand written letter to an address I got straight out of Tiger Beat, (I’m sure it was legit too…), asking him to marry me. I prayed and prayed that he would get my letter, want to marry me, and I would be on the next season of Home Improvement as his child wife. You know what I got back instead? A computer generated, autographed postcard thanking me for being a fan. It wasn’t real. He never read my letter. I was devastated.
Why doesn’t God always give us what we ask for? First off, because we are getting the whole prayer thing wrong. Ask and you shall receive? It’s not that easy. We must first ask him to reveal his Will and then for the wisdom to see/hear/realize it when he reveals it to us. After his will is revealed, then pray that his will be done. Give him control, and then wait patiently and faithfully. That’s how prayer pleases God. That is how he hears us. Since he is the architect, we must trust in his plan and have faith in him while those plans are being laid out. It won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it.
Ask yourself these things: Are my intentions unselfish? Is it something that will bring Him glory or me glory? While praying thank him for the blessings that are in your life. Show him just how thankful you are for everything he has done for you. If your prayer isn’t instantly answered, don’t give up. He heard you, and he will answer your prayer in his own time according to his will.
Also, know that he wants us to do some of the work. He works miracles and he answers prayers. But, if your children accidentally get locked in your apartment… ahem… throat clear… guilty look here… you can pray until you’re blue in the face that he will unlock your door. While he CAN do that, sometimes he is like: “Chick, you got yourself in this mess, you can get yourself out.” Tough Love; this will help you grow. Think with the brain I gave you, and figure out how to fix this. We have to be willing to do some of the work on our own! Do Work Son!
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
If he answers your prayer with No, then listen and move on. If he answers your prayer with Yes, then it’s in his plan. If he tells you to wait… then chill out. Trust. Sit back and enjoy the ride because he has great things planned for your future. Keep on keeping on. And, if he wants to Lisa Frank your life… LET HIM!! And, please send me pictures of that.
Peace, Love, and Jesus,
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