EXPECTATIONS

There is an aspect of prayer that I have been pondering for a while:  Expectations.  This matter seems quite basic; yet it is so powerful, we do well to consider it with all diligence and care.

When you pray, what kind of answer do you expect to get?

Does knowing that God absolutely loves you with all that HE is change your expectancy?

I love scales!  That’s because almost all of life happens in degrees and we move one way or the other.  Here then, are my scaling questions for you:
0=Not at all – – – – – – – – – 10=absolutely; without reservation

Does God love you?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

Does He provide for you?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

Does He heal all wounds and diseases?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

Does He forgive all sins?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

Does HE protect you?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

Does He give you things that you would like to have, but don’t necessarily need?  0 – – – – – – – – 10

Do you trust Him, even when circumstances are hard?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

Do you expect to hear and understand when you ask God questions?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

Do you expect blessings in this life?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

Does God like you?  0 – – – – – – – – 10

Does He think you’re awesome and precious?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

Does God answer prayer in a timely manner?  0 – – – – – – – – – 10

 

I could probably come up with plenty of questions, but I’ll get to my point.

According to Scripture, the answer on every scale is “10:”  Absolutely; without reservation.  We have a hard time living at that level of expectancy, however.  Experience, inner struggles, lies we believe and the fact that God is so much greater than our own understanding get in our way.  The challenge is, we are called to grow into this level of absolute trust.  That is part of what being changed from glory to glory is all about.

 

Just to add emphasis and challenge your thinking a bit, consider this prayer from Ephesians 3:

“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend (some versions say “grasp”) with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

 

Such wonderful paradoxes!  He is able to do above and beyond; yet He wants us to grasp the height, depth and bredth of His love…Wow!!

 

In what ways are you most challenged when you consider trusting God and expecting answers that bless?  Confess your struggle to Him; ask for His help; be ready for His answer.

 

When do you find that you trust Him more readily?  Thank Him for His grace that makes this possible; ask for even more in this area.
What do you want most from God?  Ask Him for it.  When you get your answer, please come back and share:  Testimony is a strong faith builder for all of us.

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About lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord Jesus...now, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

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