It is no secret that we are earnestly praying for Phil a job. For 19 months we have prayed, and prayed and prayed. I was raised by a praying mom. My girls were raised with prayer is the answer to all of life’s problems. You would think I would have learned all there is to know about praying by now. But, something occurred to me today. Something I want to teach my girls (even though they are grown). I was checking in with my sister in KY via a phone call and during the conversation she reminded me of the following story.
The little boy asked his mother to buy the used bike from the guy down the street. He wanted a bike really bad. He kept nagging and nagging his mom for that bike, until one day she gave in and bought him the used bike. The next day she went to the sporting goods store and canceled the new bike she had on lay-a-way for his birthday. He could not wait and had forfeited a new bike for a used one just so he could have it when he wanted it. Sometimes, like the little boy, we pray for things and we want them NOW. We do not know what wonderful thing God has in store for us if we will wait on His timing; so we beg and nag until we get something less than His best. It does not matter that what we receive is also good, it is that it is not His best.
So, we are thanking God for His daily provisions. We have no clue what the future will bring or where our provisions will come from. Although we are still praying while looking for jobs (God expects us to put action to our faith), we are praying differently. Now we are thanking Him for His daily provisions, asking Him for the faith and patience to wait on His timing, and thanking Him for the perfect plan and perfect job that is going to unfold in His perfect time. We are not going to whine and demand until we have settled for something less.
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD,
consider my sighing.
2 Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.