What are you praying for exactly?


Teenage girl praying outdoors at twilight. Shallow DOF.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)

 

One afternoon, one girlfriend called another. The phone call went something like this:

“Hey girl, long time no hear! What’s up?”

“Nothing.”

“Nothing? If nothing why sound so down?”

“I’m pregnant.”

“Pregnant?!!! But that’s great! You asked God for a baby and look, He’s given it to you! How cool is that?”

“Yes, but that was before …”

“Like … before what exactly?”

“Well beforeI started night classes at university in February and before I found out I have to act in Karen’s position while she is on extended leave. I don’t have any time for a baby now!”

“Well, did you tell God you’d have to get back to Him about the baby? Maybe He was confused …”

“Look, I’ll have to call you back; this conversation is not helping me …”

 

Interesting to say the least!  The above however reminded me of some questions I had posed to readers in another forum earlier in January this year.  Here is what I asked:

So what are you wishing for in 2014?

  • Do you want a job or a different career?
  • Do you want a new or more meaningful relationship with someone you love?
  • Do you want a baby or a new addition to your existing family?
  • Maybe it’s something as simple as the opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and yourself?

No-one shared their answers with me and I didn’t ask them to. Maybe what was missing however was an important caveat: “Before answering remember – be careful what you pray for, because you just might get it!”

Based on different stories people have shared, it seems as though it’s best to pray in specifics. God’s favor is immeasurable yes, but He may call you out on a prayer or two if you are vague or grey.  For example, you asked God for a job because you are tired of being unemployed? Don’t balk when He offers you a position as a maid or security guard because it’s honest work. You say you really need to spend quality time with your family and friends? Don’t complain when you are unexpectedly made to work ‘week on, week off’ because now you have that time. So you want more money? Don’t protest when God expands your career or position to include more responsibility because your salary is more than before. You think it would be great to own a house? Forget the griping when God finds you a small but affordable starter home (complete with insurance premiums and maintenance to be paid) because you are now a homeowner. A new car would make life much easier for you right? Then don’t make it difficult when God encourages your manager to offer you the opportunity to ‘work on the road’ because no matter how much you hate driving this new position includes the vehicle you asked for.

I will never forget a personal experience, where just before one particular weekend of event on top of event I commented to my best friend (I think it was on the Thursday): “I have so many things to do this weekend girl I wish I could get out of them all; I am sooooo tired and pressured then!” That very Friday night aka the next day, I had my first intense muscle spasm attack in my back. I couldn’t walk, couldn’t get up, couldn’t move … couldn’t go to any of the events I should have attended due to the intense unbearable pain.

But wasn’t that what I wanted i.e. to not go out? Wasn’t I pushing myself (and pushing myself some more) for fear of offending the various hosts? And didn’t I say I was tired too from being over-committed? Well, God fixed that too! He gave me seven whole weeks to rest (flat on my back) and included a new appreciation for pain which resulted in knowing without a doubt when to say: “no, I really can’t do that; I have to rest.”

So again, I ask:

  • Do you want a job or a different career?
  • Do you want a new or more meaningful relationship with someone you love?
  • Do you want a baby or a new addition to your existing family?
  • Maybe it’s something as simple as the opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and yourself?

Whatever your answers remember this: you need to pray in specifics … in case you get exactly what you pray for.  Something to think about 🙂

 

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galeweithers

Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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