One of the biggest excuses a Christian makes is: “But I prayed about it!” What we are really doing at times is telling God what He needs to do instead of seeking His will for our lives. When we don’t get the answer we want, we get mad or frustrated. When in reality, we have no right to demand of God our way.
I have been there and done that with those selfish kinds of prayers. Who hasn’t? My flesh wants things easy. Let’s face it, the authentic Christian life is not always easy. Living life in a way that we bring glory to God means radical living.
Radical living and unselfish praying means that we have to be willing and ready to accept the not so popular path and the hard way at times. We then realize and accept that God is polishing us (His gems) with the hard times and the good times.
God never promised us a life without suffering. In fact, He uses those hard times to mold us into His image. When we are going through a tough time we have the choice to trust God and bring glory to Him or we can whine and pout and say, “why me?”
Why not me? Why not you?
What makes us think we deserve better than Jesus. Jesus suffered, why shouldn’t we?
So, instead of being impatient with God when we have “prayed about something“, maybe we need to rethink our motives for praying. At the same time, maybe we need to stop and ask God what it is He is wanting us to learn from our present suffering.
Proverbs 16:2 ~ All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
God isn’t a genie in a bottle or a vending machine.
We are not above Him. We have no right to expect anything from Him. His grace should be sufficient. His gift of salvation should be enough.
2 Corinthians 12:9a~ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
This life is not about us. As authentic believers, it is about bringing glory to God in everything and with everything.
Romans 11:36 (NIV) ~ For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever!
Blessings my friends!
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