“Mom, can I please take a bath?” She calls to me so sweetly as I am in the shower, clock already ticking closer to the time we need to leave. “Ok, just wait until I am out of the shower and you can use my bathtub while I am getting ready.” “Yes momma,” she replies. I could just feel the sticky, gooey honey dripping from her “yes momma” as she delights in getting the answer that she wants.
Are we compliant and grateful to our Heavenly Father only when the tides have turned in our favor? What if the answer is no? Do we wait patiently in obedience, or stew in anger that God is not answering our prayer in the way we desire? 1 John 5:14-15 says “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” The key here is asking according to His will…what is that? How do we know that what we are asking for is in His will for our lives? Well, that requires a little backtracking. James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” So before bringing our requests to God, we should first pray for wisdom, wisdom to know what is in His will and what is not. Then we can walk away knowing that God has every good intention to answer that prayer in accordance with His will, His will…not ours. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 gives us instruction on what to do next, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” You see, He doesn’t wish for us to just make our best guess at what His will is, He tells us…its right there, in black and white, “Rejoice always…pray without ceasing…give thanks in all circumstances…”
If we do this, we can wait patiently and then respond “Yes Daddy” even if the answer is not what we may have wanted. We can rest in the simple truth that He cares for us and for our lives more than we have the ability to care for ourselves.
John 15:7 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” So go, abide in Him today…