That is exactly what Luke 11:9 says to do…Seek Him. It kind of sounds a little too simple after all when we are praying aren’t we seeking God?
We must first seek God and then we will find the answer to our prayer. I think the most important question we must ask ourselves is are we prepared to hear the answer? Can we handle the answer if God tells us no?
We live in a time when not getting your way is not okay so we tend to find somewhere to get around that “no” we didn’t want to hear in the first place. As we seek God during this time of prayer and as we ask him these deep desires within our hearts…do we still trust him no matter what the answer is?
As we get deeper into studying Luke 11:9, I find it isn’t just words we recite during one prayer sitting. This scripture is a process that isn’t to be taken lightly. Sometimes we may find ourselves wrestling with God over the answer. Maybe you are praying for something you can’t imagine your life without, such as: a future husband, a baby, or to see your husband accept your Savior as his Savior. We are praying because we are at the end of our rope and there is nothing else left to try. We are also praying because we know God hears us. We, Saints, are reduced to falling to our knees in the most heart wrenching prayer we have ever asked of God.
Even then we must ask ourselves do we trust God to make the right decision?
God’s decisions aren’t always based on what we think is right and that can be the most difficult realization. Do we trust God even if he were to tell us no. Can we continue to trust him that he will bring something better, something far beyond what we were asking for?
This middle part of the scripture to seek the Lord is especially difficult because it takes the “I” right out of the equation. God wants you to ask him things that you want or need. But mostly he wants to spend time with you. He wants you to keep asking him not because he is holding back but because he loves your compassionate heart.
These past few weeks I have been asking God for a particular thing to happen in my life. I find that the more I seek God the more my heart wants this thing to happen but the most important change has been me looking forward to spending time with God.
So if your focus is on the timing think about how far you have come in asking, asking, and asking God for it.
We aren’t the only ones to think like this. Did you know that John the Baptist had doubts (Matthew 11:2)? This is Jesus’ cousin! He didn’t have doubts about himself or what he was doing but doubts if Jesus really was the Messiah because things weren’t going as John had envisioned it would. John was preaching to people in the desert and eating locusts and honey and baptizing as the Old Testament prophets foretold. He had a moment though where he had doubts that Jesus was the one to save because he thought all of God’s glory and judgment would happen right away. To be honest I have thought like John too.
If you find yourself like John who knows what God has promised you but don’t see it happening quite yet…don’t give up praying and seeking God for it.
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