Monday, July 30, 2012

Answered Prayer

In the Bible, we are told to bring our concerns and heartache to the Lord.

Philippians 4:6 -7 says,
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God,
which surpasses all comprehension,
shall guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I love those verses, it seems comforting.
I go to them often for myself and for others.
What is striking to me is that there are no promises
that your requests will be answered,
at least not in the way you may think.
Read it again....

Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God,
which surpasses all comprehension,
shall guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When we thankfully bring our requests to God...
we will receive the peace of God
And when we receive the peace of God...
it will in turn guard our heart and keep our minds on Jesus.  

If I was going to be truly honest, I want my prayer request answered.
And not just answered, but in the way I want it answered. 
I think I have a pretty good idea what the best answer should be,
I just want God to grant it for me.
I trust that He is powerful enough to do it.....
I just want to help Him on the details.
Sounds harmless.
In fact it sounds perfect!

I pray for an answer, my answer.
I wonder why He can't hear me.
I complain when it doesn't happen.
Then I am anxious.

Okay I will try again.
I say to myself, "I am not anxious, I'm just in a hurry for an answer."
I say, "Of coarse I am thankful, but I need something else."
I say, "Here is my request God, I am right here waiting for you to grant my request."

Woo! Talk about reinterpreting scripture!!

The fact is, we are to pray when we are anxious with thanksgiving.
That means needing to get your heart and mind in the right place!

How can I do that when I can't even breathe?

One of the things that I do is start by making a list of all that I am thankful for.
It reminds me, gives me perspective and sets me up for my time with God.

I go to Him with a thankful heart and lay my requests at His feet.
What I get in return is peace that makes no sense, considering the circumstances.
That type of peace is like a bullet proof vest surrounding my heart
protecting me from absorbing any emotional blows that come.
That type of peace is like a helmet on my head
protecting my thoughts from absorbing any outside noise
that might distract me from thinking on Jesus.

What else could I really want or need?

Prayer request are often answered in ways we could not imagine.
But, there is one thing I know for sure,
that I love ...
He wants to grant me peace
He wants to guard my heart
He wants to fill my mind with Christ. 

it is the perfect answer 

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