Matt 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and he who seeks, finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
These verses are a call to continuous prayer – to keep our hearts and minds on Him in all things and He will answer and guide us. They are also a reminder that God is our Father and as such He wants to provide for us, to give us the gifts we crave. God WANTS to give us what we want – IF it is what HE wants for us. See, that ole’ “your will, not mine” part is always there because we do not know better than God.
I struggle with adding that to my prayers sometimes – sometimes I have to catch myself because its more of a “Your will God, you know, if it is in line with MINE. If not, perhaps reconsider that I may know better???”
How childish does this sound? How lacking in faith. Surrendering to His will, even when asking for those things we want, is not always an easy task. But in the surrendering, we get the grace and love and answers for our lives. In surrendering, I am understanding that God, as my father, wants what is best for me. I acknowledge that He can see my whole world, my whole life, from beginning to end. I am believing that His wants are what is best for me and are for His glory and purpose. I have to admit to myself that I am shortsighted, I am not omniscient the way He is. I am only human.
If we are living with a running conversation with Him – you know, back and forth where we talk and He listens, then we listen for Him in return, our asks will be in line with Him. I am working on listening. I am working on surrendering.