When I pray in faith, asking for something, James 1:6 tells me to pray with no doubt, because God does not answer the prayers of the double-minded. Oftentimes, when I pray I ask for an outcome that I want, but I tell God, “but your will be done.”

Is this doubt?

The answer I’ve come to is no. It is not doubt because I have no doubt that God’s will is the best solution to any problem. 

If as a kiddo I asked my mom for ice cream before dinner, she’d probably say no. (Mom did say yes a few times. She was one of the cool moms.)

If she denied my request, I could get angry because I didn’t get what I wanted. Or, with more maturity, I could trust that she said no for my own good. 

When I tell God what I want, he hears me.

He is Jehovah Roi, the God who sees. He knows my heart and why I want what I request. However, I also  know his heart and I trust it. His will is for my good, for a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11), right? 

I cannot see the future. God can.

I cannot see all the factors that influence the situation. God can. So, it just makes sense that I should trust God will do what’s best. However, the bible says, “Make your requests known (Phil. 4:6),” so God wants me to tell him my heart’s desire for a situation. He doesn’t want me just to think it, but he wants me to purposefully make what I want known to him. 

I pray: “This is what I want, how I see it, Lord, but you know best. Your will be done.”

This attitude creates opportunities for me to grow closer to Christ, to get into a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with him. It’s like through the things that play out in life, God’s saying, “See, this is how I did it and now you understand why. Next time, you’ll know…{insert lesson here}.”

Romans 8:28 says: “God works all things together for the good of those who love him {Shauna and you}  and are called according to his purpose.”

Questions for meditation: 

  1. When has God brought not-so-pleasant or unexpected circumstances together for your good?
  2. When has he NOT?
  3. Why do you think there are times in life when it appears that God is not for you, not working things for your good?

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