Why We May Not Be Ready For What We Pray For

000_6910Retouch“Waiting or ‘Way-yay-ting’ is the hardest part,” as Tom Petty so eloquently sings.

We want what we want right now. And if we’re waiting on God, it’s even more difficult.

With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness.” (2 Peter 3:8 & 9)

Here we clearly see why ‘abiding in the Lord’ can be frustrating given the difference in our understanding of slowness versus His.

What I do know is this: for years I prayed for things I never could have managed if God had answered when I wanted him to.

I’m thankful for some of those unanswered appeals because they’re things I don’t want today.
And still there are requests that would’ve been curses had they been granted and I see now how God was shielding me.

Protecting our children often means saying: “no,” or “not now.” And like a good dad, our heavenly father knows when we’re ready to take certain steps, as Melody Beattie writes in ‘Learning to Wait’ from the Recovery Devotional Bible:

“We cannot always have what we want when we want it. For different reasons, what we want to do, have, be, or accomplished is not available to us now. But there are things we could not do or have today, no matter what, that we can have in the future. Today, we would make ourselves crazy trying to accomplish what will come naturally and with ease later.”

What’s frustrating is accepting that we might not be ready for what we desire. Perhaps we are too insecure to handle success; too selfish to manage a relationship; too prideful to deserve the spotlight: or any number of character flaws that need to be dealt with before we are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ready for what we wish for.

Humbling ourselves before God and asking Him to expose our character flaws and praying for His assistance to overcome them can put us on the fast track to getting what we want.

The devotional continues:

“Deal with your frustration and impatience, but learn how to wait. The old saying, ‘You can’t always get what you want’ isn’t entirely true. Often, in life, we can get what we want –especially the desires of our hearts –if we can learn to wait.”

Jodie Stevens

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