I asked God to take away my pain.
God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No. Her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations, it isn’t granted, it is earned.
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No. I give you blessings, Happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me.
God said… Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.
I’m not sure who wrote those words, but they are packed with meaning.
I’ve discovered that my focus is usually on God changing circumstances; but God’s focus is on changing me. “Sometimes He calms the storm; sometimes He calms His child.” I’ve learned that God is more concerned with what happens in me than what is happening around me. And while I can’t control what goes on around me, I can control what goes on in me.
Sometimes the problem with our prayer life is not that we don’t ask…it’s that we are asking for the wrong things. And God loves us too much to answer those prayers.
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss…” – James 4:3
Have you prayed a prayer, only to later discover you were asking for the wrong thing?