Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Expectancy

Ever since I became a follower of Christ, I started to learn new things in my journey that I haven't even thought about when I was still in the "knowing God" stage. Knowing Him is just being consciously aware that He is true and He is alive but being aware of those things is not enough. We have to follow Him, open our hearts and listen to His teachings because His words are not only the food of our soul but also our guide on how to enjoy the life that He had given us.

When my faith was still young, I used to pray like my prayers are scripted and I don't really feel like My Father is my closest friend. My thank yous and adoration are short cut versions but my begging for the things that I want and need takes me maybe a quarter of my praying time. I felt like I have to repeat everything because I had this feeling that maybe He doesn't get it and then after praying I would be so worried that maybe He still doesn't get it and so I start to "solve" it myself. Isn't it that most of us felt the same when we were still starting on this journey? Isn't it that most of us thought that once we say a prayer, then that was it? Praying used to be like just for the sake of saying a prayer but then after it we would still trust our own thoughts and desires.


Prayer without expectancy is unbelief in disguise.


Often times we say that we believe in Him but then our actions speak otherwise. I am guilty of that and this quote had strucked me. It is really hard to let go and let God and to trust Him to make the decisions in our lives but in Matthew 7:11 it says that "If you . . . know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"

My Father in Heaven loves me (us) so much and because of that I believe that He'll give me great things. When I pray for something and He doesnt't give, I should not feel bad about it. I should remember that He wouldn't give me something that won't do any good for me. He can see my future and so, would He give me the things that I am asking that can make my future bad? He wouldn't!



Missionary William Carey stated: “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” God desires to equip us perfectly for what He wants us to do, and He invites us to “come boldly” to find mercy and grace in time of need (Heb. 4:16).

When we as God’s children are living in faith, we can have an exciting expectancy and a quiet confidence that God will give us exactly what we need, when we need it (Matt. 7:8-11).



When with expectancy we pray
According to God’s will,
We’ll see Him working in our lives
His purpose to fulfill.
-Sper


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