Sometimes, as a parent I feel like all I ever say is “no.”
Sometimes, it seems like my kids have lost their common sense to ask me some of the things that they ask me.
Sometimes, they realize this before they ever ask. Anyone of them will preface their question with the phrase, “I know what you’re gonna say, but ________.”
My response to this last tactic is to ask them back, “Then why are you asking me?!”
The thing is, I think they know something. Not that it is likely that I will change precedent, but that they know that I WANT to say “yes.”
I want to make them happy, to give them what they want, and to enthusiastically grant their wishes. (Even if their greatest wish at that moment is to eat a large bowl of ice-cream 5 minutes before dinner – I mean, who doesn’t want to eat dessert first?!)
As our perfect, heavenly Father I believe God wants the same thing we do as parents. He wants to say “yes!”
We can trust that He will always say the right thing to us at the right time. He is always faithful to keep His word to provide for us what, when and how -whatever we need – most often without our “pleases” and “thank yous.”
Too often I come to Him with my long grocery list of requests, some more sincere and heartfelt than others. Too often I come to Him assuming I know how He is going to answer my prayers before I ask them – if I decide to ask them at all. My lack of faith paralyzes me from even uttering many prayers . . .
Yet, He still wants me to pray, to ask, to seek Him.
If I want God to answer a prayer with a “yes” how then should I pray?
What are the prayers that God always answers “yes” to?
Anytime I have asked for more of Him – His presence, His wisdom, His glory, His Being – He has always shown up, revealing Himself to me, growing my faith and opening my eyes to Him.
Anytime I have confessed my sin – my pride, my prejudices, my desire for lesser things – He has always been faithful to forgive me, to restore me and to change me.
Anytime I have been hurt or lonely or afraid and I have simply whispered His name – He has always been there, proving His presence to me and giving me hope to press on.
How does He do it? How does He communicate all of that to me?
At times through worship or an encouraging friend’s kind words – but always, always, always through His Word.
If I want to pray prayers that God will answer with a “yes” I need to know how to pray – not to get my desired results, but His. How do I know what God desires? By being in His Word, by reading how Jesus prayed, by learning His character . . .
Although, my tendency is not to approach Bible study and Bible reading this way. I want to check it off my to do list or add to my list of religious accomplishments – not really glean an applicable truth for my life.
I came across this quote recently on Instagram:
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