It’s amazing the things we ask for sometimes isn’t it? I know we tend to look at the kids and say, “that’s ridiculous, you need to be more realistic!” But what if God gave each of us exactly what we ask for?
Jim and Carolyn Wheeler shared this little story: During a trip from California to Indiana, it didn’t help that my connecting flight from Denver was delayed twice because of mechanical problems. Then, after we were aloft, I noticed the lights began flickering. I mentioned this to a flight attendant. “I’ll take care of it,” she said. Moments later the lights went out. Clearly she had solved the problem by turning off all the lights. A passenger across the aisle who had been watching me leaned over and said, “Whatever you do, please don’t ask about the engines.”
So, what if God granted us everything we asked for, would we be happy with the results? I can pretty much guarantee that we would be surprised at the results, because often we really don’t think through what we are asking of God. I remember a fictitious story from my youth about a young man who was killed in accident in which he was caught in some kind of equipment. Someone gave his grieving mother something magic that would bring him back to life. She used it and he did come back to life, but he came back screaming to die because of the pain from the way his body had been mangled in the accident. The loving mother hadn’t thought of that happening, all she wanted was her boy back with her again.
Jesus was in a tough situation, (about to be killed) when He prayed to God the Father, “Not My will but Thy will be done” – Luke 22:42. Do you think perhaps He understood that God might have a better understanding of what we need than we do ourselves? Could it be that just perhaps we should adopt Jesus’ method of praying? Sure God wants us to ask Him for the things that are on our heart, the scripture clearly says, “you have not because you ask not” – James 4:2. But perhaps it’s time we start adding the words of Jesus to our prayer, (and really mean it) “Not My will but Thy will be done.”
May God bless you with all you need and with the ability to realize that it’s all you need!
God bless you all and have a great week,