Praying for an answer
Here are some additional thoughts pertaining to prayer..
“For Your kingdom come, Your will be done…” It’s not: “For my kingdom come, my will be done…” Our will is easily recognized – It’s self-centered and usually focused on selfish desires/selfish gain..
Here’s some personal experiences with prayer -
I have placed God’s answer to prayer in a box. i.e. Pre-conceived ideas and selfish desires that direct an answer.. The prayer appears to go unanswered because I’m being selfish.. and the motive of my heart is not pure..
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Answers to prayers are always missed when I’m looking for an answer that is molded by selfish gain and/or molded by the ideals from friends, family, society, etc. What I have found is that He is more interested in my character than my circumstances. The circumstances help mold my character.. As in, the circumstances are not the end-all, be-all.. they are what we see in the physical.. the answer to prayer is spiritual.
When I’m watchful for an answer (with expectancy) and my eyes are on the molding of my character into the image of Christ.. that’s when I see His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The results of being molded into the image of Christ will also be used for the benefit of others too.. but we have to remember, the benefit for others is not so that I may spend it on selfish gain or to feel selfish emotions. It’s always for the glory of God… always. For instance, it’s God’s will that all men are saved.. that’s a good place to be watchful for answers to prayer.
In order to know God’s will further, I must know who He is.. His will is revealed in His Word. I.e. without knowledge of what it’s like to be molded into the image of Christ, I’ll never see answered prayer because I’m focused on the circumstances and the physical surroundings. Then, I may think He doesn’t hear or act on the behalf of His children.. but in reality, He hears and acts 100% of the time on the behalf of His children.. If we’re not a child of God, the only prayer He hears is the sinner’s prayer of repentance – the acceptance of Christ into our lives as our Lord and Savior.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth ‘as it is’ in heaven…” – ‘As it is in heaven’: How is it in heaven? It’s found in the bible.. If I don’t know who God is.. I’ll miss answered prayers that may be right in front of me because all that remains is my own understandings..
Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.