I don’t like when I give my children a command to do something and they are constantly asking why? Let me clarify, I am not speaking of the times in which they are asking “why” for the sake of learning or to get clarity. There is a difference between asking why because you want to sincerely gain knowledge and asking why because you really don’t want to do what is being asked of you or you are filled with doubt. As a parent, I can tell the difference and so can God.
God may tell us to do one of the following: change the course of our life, cut off relationships, change our diet, change jobs, or move to a different location. His request disrupts our way of life and makes us uncomfortable. Instead of responding in obedience, we stop and ask, “BUT WHY GOD?” Sometimes what we are really saying is, “WHY DO I HAVE TO OBEY YOU WHEN I AM HAVING FUN DOING THINGS MY WAY?”
Our questions may also reveal a heart filled with doubt. A heart that lacks trust in a creator who has never failed His creation. It takes a great level of trust to not ask questions and just respond with a yes. Today take a leap of faith and say yes to what God is asking of you. In the long run, it will be well worth it!
I pray and then what? Do I doubt or do I wait in expectation for God to answer me, for Him to speak to my heart? (Psalm 5:3). Prayer is the easy part, but waiting with expectation, well that can prove to be a challenge.
I expect from those I trust. If I am worrying instead of expecting after I pray then there is a trust issue going on and I have some backtracking to do in prayer. The first petition should then be to have a heart to fully trust God. How do I get to this place of trust and expectancy? It begins with a knowledge, appreciation and acceptance of the love God has for me. Romans 5:8 says, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” That’s extreme love and anyone willing to die for a wretch like me is worthy of my love and my trust. I am afraid that the term “Jesus loves me” has been reduced to just a simple song and not an extravagant life changing truth. When I really get this, I can pray with boldness and wait with expectation for my loving trustworthy God to speak to my heart and show up. Reflect on the following questions and use the answers to direct your prayers.
Do I pray and wait with expectancy that the Lord will speak to my heart and answer? Or do I often find myself doubting that He will answer what I have asked of Him?
Why do I doubt God; past disappointments, a lack of revelation of how much He loves me?
Meditate on the following scriptures
Psalm 5:3 Listen to my voice in the morning,Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
Romans 5:8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.