If you would have asked me 10 years ago where I would be now, I 100% would have assured you it would somewhere different then I am now. As a 22 year old (getting up there in years, I know) I often question decisions I’ve made. I’ve made some good ones, but I’ve also made equally bad ones. I’m grateful for where I am. But most of us can’t help but wonder, “What if?”.
When it comes to decision making, I’m not the best. I mean, I CHOSE TO WORK WITH KIDS…of course I’m kidding about that (that’s my calling and I love it). One of my co-writers (Alex: I’m calling you out my dude), has become one of my greatest friends. I had the opportunity to watch him grow through discipleship and leadership from middle school until now. I often go to him about life decisions and situations and one of his first responses is always “Have you prayed about it?”. If you’re like me your first thought if OF COURSE and your first response is WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TO QUESTION MY PRAYER LIFE. But in reality, did you really pray about? Did you really seek Godly counsel and advice, and truly seek after God’s will?
Check this out:
“Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.”
1 John 5:14-15
From my little experience (if I’m wrong ignore me) there are a few reasons we don’t like to pray for guidance. For one, we fear God saying NO. The referenced verse assures us something very important: anything we ask according to God’s will is heard.
God hears you.
To ask according to His will doesn’t mean we have an understanding of the secrets of God’s will. Understanding God’s will comes from understanding what God wants from His people. If we are praying in line with what is pleasing to God in scripture, we are praying “according to God’s will.” The ultimate goal of prayer is communion (togetherness) with God. How sweet it is to know God hears our cries. As I said we all know the reality that God may say no. God may even say no to the things that align with His will.
What we have to understand is that when we pray, we pray in faith, with patience, in obedience, and in submission to God’s greater wisdom.
Sure, we always pray for the major decisions in our lives: relationships, careers, education, and so on and so on and so on. But often times, we end up praying for our will to be done, instead of His will to be done. If we chase our own agenda in prayer we are more likely to hear no. And when we hear no continuously, we lose faith and trust in the authority of God. Is it in God’s will to be in a specific career? Of course. Is it in His will for us to one day find our ‘better half?’ Sure. Is it easy to chase our own desires in these situations? **Can I get an amen?** It is. If we aren’t chasing to understand God’s will, our chase for a fulfilled life will become the exact opposite.
So, have you prayed about it? Have you prayed for God to send someone who will love you based on his/her love for Christ? Have you prayed for an education to place you in a career where you can glorify God in your actions and words?
Pray faithfully and submissively for God to do a work in the situations and decisions you fight with daily.
Love God. Love your neighbor. Hike a trail. Buy a record, because why not?