16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Prayer is our connection to God. Sometimes the best prayer we can say is “HELP ME GOD!” What do you do when you have been praying for hours, days, weeks, months, years or decades about the same thing? My encouragement to you is to keep praying. Sometimes, we are seconds from a breakthrough and we give up because we do not see the result we desire. When we are praying, we need to be open to God’s answer, timing and wisdom. God knows us so much better than we know ourselves. What may appear to be a blessing maybe be a detriment or hindrance to us.
God’s answer may disagree with our desire. Suppose someone is praying for everyone around them to change: family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, church members and more. God maybe asking that person to open their eyes to their behavior, interactions with others and more. God maybe saying no because something is not good enough for us. God may also be saying yes to something we fear because we may think we are not worthy enough. Psalms 37:4 says, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
God’s timing is always perfect. He is never late and he is never to early. Sometimes, we cannot wait on God so we take things into our own hands. When we pray to God, we are surrendering fixing the problem. If there is something we need to do, we should do it. We cannot take the place of God. God should never be our backup plan. He should be the architect of our plans. Hebrews 11:1 says, “11 Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen.”
God’s wisdom is better than we can imagine. God can see beyond what is in front of us. God knows us better than we know ourselves. There is nothing wrong with us asking God questions. We are in a relationship with God and complete honesty is needed. God loves us and wants to give us an authentic and beautiful relationship. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Heavenly Father. Thank you for calling me your child. I repent of all things I have done, thought or said that are not of you. You know the deepest desires and petitions of my heart. Search me and God help me to wait on your timing, trust your wisdom and honor your answer. Help me not to lose faith and to remember you are a prayer answering and miracle-working God. Open my eyes, heart and mind to see things from your heavenly point of view. God help me to not walk in shame, pride or unbelief. Help me to walk in my inheritance of favor and redemption. I thank and praise your for all past, current and future answers to my prayers. In Jesus’ holy and matchless name I pray. Amen.