Do you ever wonder why God hasn’t answered a specific prayer request? The prayer you’ve been praying, over and over (if you’re like me) perhaps for years.
Answers to prayer are sort of like a decadent chocolate cake (providing you’re a chocoholic, like me ). You pray for that very special need to be met, and you can’t wait to get the very specific thing you prayed for.
Chocolate cake. The answer to our prayer.
Often, it is an obvious and desirable good thing we ask for. Healing from an illness. A job to support ourselves or our families. Peace amidst strife. Wisdom to make a good choice. Why do God’s answers to our prayers not always give us the answer we asked for? Just give me the chocolate cake, God. Now!
I am hungry for my chocolate cake!
I think God sees a bigger picture. Even a bigger picture of my actual needs. Perhaps, using the cake analogy, God realizes my hunger would best be satisfied by first eating the healthy four course meal He’s prepared. Then I would be more satisfied, my body better able to function. The chocolate dessert would be the topper to a delicious full meal. I think I crave the Happy Meal in life and God wants me to have the full four course healthy meal prepared by a special chef.
God sees a bigger picture. Knows our greatest needs. Wants our ultimate best, even if it means some pain in the here and now. Greater purpose. Bigger plans. Ultimate good.
Can we trust Him?
His course for our lives is often surprising. And God doesn’t keep us away from painful circumstances. His answer isn’t just problem removal but rather, better function, complete restoration, full healing on every level. My greatest needs met, for His higher purpose for me. Truly, a different solution than just giving me my chocolate cake.
He’s prepared a whole party complete with four course meal, dinner, dancing, wine, candlelight, and deep fellowship. A real party and time with the bridegroom. It’s a wedding, you see. And guess who the bridegroom is? God of course! He gives us it all. I’m looking for a piece of chocolate cake to satisfy my sweet tooth. He’s arranging a huge shin dig to satisfy my deepest needs. The full meal deal.
Let’s not miss the bridegroom or miss the party, for our one piece of chocolate cake!
“Which of you if your son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will you give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:9-11