Be Careful What You Pray For

395603_544513075600432_819642870_nBe careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6-7

I prayed for God’s guidance in knowing my purpose. I was experiencing so much pain in my life I thought I could not be in God’s will. For years, I looked for some great mission statement or special career path to reassure me I was on the right track, but discovered my purpose was simply to: Do all the good I can, in all the ways I can, while I can. That’s it — nothing more or anything less. Of course my prayer was heard immediately, but God only spoke when I was ready to listen. He then answered in His own time and way.

I have learned through personal trials, that struggle and tribulation aid us in learning, growing, and glorifying God’s Name. And the more we endure and overcome, the more God can use us to accomplish His work. These words of Apostle Paul, taught in 2nd Corinthians 12:9, comfort me, “And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

It is the testing of our faith that pleases God (James 1:3) and unshakable faith comes from having our faith shaken.  Our part is simply TO ASK in prayer. Whether God answers, or we feel that God answers, is irrelevant. We must pray about everything, placing all matters into God’s hands, and resting in the assurance that the Lord will handle them.

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God will not move our mountains, but He will give us the strength to climb them.  We may have to go through valleys, but He will walk with us every step of the way. No matter what we are going through, we can count on God. If God said He will feed you – set the table and get ready to eat. I can witness with David, “I have been young and now am old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor His seed begging for bread.” What I have seen in my lifetime has enabled me trust God for all I have not seen.  Our God never slumbers nor sleeps. Neither does God play games nor waste time. I may not know what’s ahead but I know that God has been better than good to me thus far, and I don’t believe He would bring me this far to leave me now.

Be careful what you pray for. You may never get what you ask for or think you want; and, what you get may not be what you expected, but one thing is certain — God will always give you what you need.

Consider this ageless (anonymous) poem: 

I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life
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I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

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Pray without ceasing. Make your requests known to God and receive God’s peace. If you are experiencing a Divine delay, it does not always mean a denial. It very likely means God is increasing your faith or patience and maybe there is even something greater for you than your requestPraise God for what you understand and praise God even more for what you don’t understand, because God understands everything. Walk in quiet confidence knowing no matter how things appear, “. . . in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

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  1. #1 by Cee on September 11, 2013 - 6:53 AM

    Thank You, God.

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  2. #2 by Michael Aulia on July 28, 2013 - 8:11 PM

    What a lovely post that I rarely find these days! Most treat God like a genie to fulfill their wants (not needs) and desires. Most of us want an unshakeable faith and yet we need our faith to be shaken at times to be able to have that faith

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    • #3 by ebonywomanofgrace on July 29, 2013 - 8:54 AM

      So true, Michael. I call that a divine “paradox.” Our most dire “needs” are the greatest tests of our faith. That is probably why I find so much comfort in Matthew 6:8 “your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, “before” you ask him.” Be Blessed.

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  3. #4 by thenonconformer on May 20, 2013 - 11:09 PM

    Amen Even if God may not give you all you want, desire, humbly pray about it first..

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  4. #5 by Pat on May 20, 2013 - 5:56 PM

    Hello Ebony I did enjoy this wonderful encouraging word,and I sure needed it. There are situations we don’t understand,and we try to figure God out and what he’s doing LOL!! Knowing his ways are higher than ours.This post has encouraged me to trust God,because he knows the whens and whys and it’s all in his capable hands.
    Love you 😀

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    • #6 by ebonywomanofgrace on May 20, 2013 - 7:04 PM

      Hi Pat, I was wondering how you were. Glad there was a Word of encouragement and inspiration for you. Be Blessed my sister.

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