A Prayer for God to Give Us What We Want
By: Maggie Meadows Cooper
“For my ideas aren’t your ideas, neither are your methods my methods,” declares the Lord. “Because the heavens are greater than the earth, so are my methods greater than your methods and my ideas than your ideas.”- Isaiah 55:8-9
Not way back, I used to be speaking with a fellow baseball mother at a sport. When my son made a great hit, I joked that I prayed for that one. And the reality is that I did… however not how one would possibly suppose. As he walked to the plate, I prayed for favor and for the Lord to assist my child use the talents he’s been given to assist his group. I prayed for him to look to the Lord for his energy in that second. However I additionally prayed for the Lord to provide him what he wants. And there’s nothing straightforward about that prayer, y’all.
As a result of what he wants at that second could also be to strike out. It might be dropping. And it might imply that I have to watch my child really feel damage and work by way of onerous issues, which isn’t enjoyable.
As mamas, any time we see our youngsters damage, we damage. And plenty of occasions, we need to save them and take that damage away. However in His nice mercy, the Lord has proven me that each “what they want” prayer is a chance for my youngsters to develop one step nearer to turning into who the Lord created them to be. And for that development, for that stretching, to occur… it means going by way of uncomfortable, onerous issues at occasions.
Issues which are essential for them to develop nearer to the center of the One who loves them most. Issues that should occur for them to study to really belief Him, regardless of dangerous circumstances. Issues that present a chance for the Lord to show He’s devoted and good, even throughout disappointment or heartache.
This prayer is likely one of the most essential ones we are able to pray for ourselves, our youngsters, and people we love. As a result of in saying, “Lord, give them what they want on this second,” we’re releasing our management. We’re laying down our agendas. We’re selecting to belief that the Lord is aware of higher than we do. We’re acknowledging that we’ll not solely belief Him with the simple issues, however the onerous issues too.
So usually, what we’d like isn’t even near what we would like. And one way or the other, our “desires” outweigh our “wants” time and again. In the way in which we select our meals. In the way in which we spend our cash. Within the relationships we commit time to. Even in prayer. However these “desires” aren’t what Jesus speaks of.
In Matthew 6, Jesus reminds us not as soon as, however twice, that He is aware of our wants. And all we should do is come to Him with easy prayers and hearts that search Him above all else:
“While you pray, don’t babble on and on because the Gentiles do. They suppose their prayers are answered merely by repeating their phrases time and again. Don’t be like them, to your Father is aware of precisely what you want even earlier than you ask him!” Matthew 6:7-8
My candy buddies, the Lord’s methods are greater than ours. His ideas are greater than ours too. And He could be trusted. Pray for the Lord to provide you, your infants, and people you like what they should see and listen to and really feel the Lord’s presence so clearly of their lives, that they’ll’t assist however be women and men after His personal coronary heart. Ultimately, that’s the biggest need of all.
Thank You for figuring out what we’d like, even earlier than we do. Assist us to launch management of our agendas, our desires, and the “wants” we predict we’d like, to You. I pray that You’ll give me, my youngsters, my household, and buddies what we’d like, no matter that could be, to see You and really feel Your presence extra clearly in our lives. Assist us to be women and men after Your individual coronary heart.
In Your Mighty Identify,
Maggie Meadows Cooper is a spouse, mother, educator, creator, and blogger with a eager for girls to develop a coronary heart for Jesus and others. She is the creator of the youngsters’s guide “Bumper” and blogs at The Little Moments about what the Lord is instructing her by way of her youngsters and on a regular basis life. She contributes to Blogs by Christian Girls, Devotional Diva, She Disciples, and Connecting Ministries. An educator with an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Schooling from Auburn College (Battle Eagle!), she has twenty years of expertise working with younger youngsters. She loves all issues chocolate, actual Coca-Cola, and lives together with her husband, three youngsters, and two rambunctious canine in Opelika, Alabama.
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