So, you send up your prayer to God - what do you do next? Do you continue to worry and stress? Or do you believe and look around for the blessings that God brings you everyday?
"In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly." Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
David knew what to do. He sent his prayers up and then went about the day expecting great things to happen. Maybe it wouldn't be exactly what he was praying for but he went around expecting God's best - which is usually better than our request anyway!
So what are you expecting? Are you expecting awesome, big things in your life? Or are you expecting the same thing as always? God wants to give you His best, but He also wants you to expect the best from Him. When you pray for something, but don't really believe it will happen, you are saying that you don't believe God will do it. If your son/daughter asked you to do something and then went around speaking it as though it was, you would want to do it for them. But if your son/daughter asked you to do something and then went around being negative and complaining, you might be less inclined to do it. Well, that is how God is with His children.
"But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord." James 1:6-7 (NIV)
One of my many mantras is "Believe and you shall receive." I started this when my daughter first started not believing in Santa. I told her that if she didn't believe, she wouldn't receive. Now, of course, this was all about the stuff we get at Christmas time, but I found this to be true in my walk with God. If I pray for things, but somewhere in the back of my mind I'm thinking "I'll never have/get that.", there is a good chance I won't, simply because I doubted.
So, I'll ask again - what are you expecting? When you pray, expect the best - expect God's best. Sometimes, God's best is not what we want, but it is what is best for us. Believe God's promise when He says, "For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Walk around everyday like David, knowing God's love and living in it. Expect the unexpected!
Have a blessed week! Love to you all!! ~Debbi