Jul 20, 2012
That's OK though.. We are supposed to ask God for things. We are supposed to depend on Him for everything.. He wants us to ask. The Bible even says "You do not have because you do not ask".
We are supposed to ask.
What we are not supposed to do is tell Him how to give us what we want..
I'll give you an example:
Things are pretty tight for our family financially right now.. We have some rather large expenses coming up in a couple of weeks and if something doesn't happen soon we are going to be in serious trouble.. My husband is up for a promotion.. The promotion comes with a significant pay raise.. We are not sure when he will receive the promotion, but we are sure that he will..
A couple weeks ago I was talking to a friend who knows of our financial problem, and he said something like "You two (my husband and I) have given a lot of money to a lot of people in need over the past 2 years, maybe God will inspire someone to give to you in your time of need".
So I have been praying that my husband receives this promotion right away..
Then my friend asked me "Who are you to put limitations on how God blesses you?"
He was absolutely right.. I had already decided what would be best and just expected God to agree with it.. I was asking Him to bless my plan.. I was telling God what I wanted and how I wanted Him to get it to me.
I was not trusting that He knew what was best for me..
I have been been limiting God's ability to give me what I need by only allowing Him to bless me through my husband.. And guess what? My husband has not been promoted and we are still in financial trouble..
The Bible tells us to bring our requests to God, to rely on Him completely. When we tell Him how to answer our prayers, we are not being obedient to Him..
In all actuality, we are expecting Him to obey us.
I think we can do better..