The more I prayed the more the burden increased. Do you find this happening to you as well? If not, keep reading.
God desires to make the unknown known to us. He desires to unveil the hidden. Yet many times we are satisfied not knowing. Either we aren’t taking the time to wait or we aren’t sure God even wants us to know.
Most of the time when we pray we ask or scream “Get me out of here!” We want to avoid suffering and difficulty. When we do run into a trial or difficulty, we ask God to change our circumstances and situations in order to teach us how to talk with Him.
But we can’t fool God or bible him with our promises. Lord if you bless me, I will do this for you. However, most of us are impatient. We just want OUT and we want it now. (Preaching to myself here!) Is that more important to us than finding out what great things God has in store for us?
God never allows difficulty just for the sake of it- there’s a higher purpose involved.
The problem is we cannot always identify God’s higher purpose in the midst of our trials .
Waiting is not easy. We often turn away from seeking God’s counsel and seek guidance from friends, books, and pastors trying to find out what God has to say. After we’ve exhausted all possibilities, we turn back to the Lord. In essence we’re saying that everything else have failed, now I need God!
Our response to God’s answers reveal one of two things about us. It’ll reveal either a rebellious spirit or a submissive spirit. By accepting God’s answer/timing, despite the fact that we may not understand, we express a submissive spirit. By refusing His first answer trying to get our way by manipulation (If I do A, B and C), we express a rebellious spirit. If we refuse God’s answers when they don’t fit in with our plans, then we are trying to use God for our purpose. But if we gracious accept His answers for what they are, He will use it for His glory.
(Excerpt from Dr. Charles Stanley; Handle With Prayer) – Used with permission