When We Ask In Jesus’ Name…

John 15:16, says “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you

I noticed throughout my lifetime,  that numerous things I’ve asked God for have come to pass.  Sometimes its small things, other times its big things.

A long time ago, I asked God for a husband, and not too long after that prayer I was married.  But, what I did not ask for was to be equally yoked with my husband.  Needless to say, we were like oil and water because we were steadily going in different directions.  So, that marriage with the husband I prayed so hard for, ended in divorce.

You see, we can ask our Father, God for anything, but I believe that we must be specific.  If there are things you would rather not have, you must not omit them when you pray.  I say this because along with the things I did ask for came a host of things I did not ask for.

My prayers were definitely answered because I married a man with a big soft heart and he was handsome too!  Pretty much all the things I asked for from a worldly point of view.  I don’t recall anything in my prayer that included God’s will for my life and the husband he is preparing for me.  So, needless to say, we were not equally yoked because I did not know to ask for that.

I knew all along in my gut, my intuition, that the relationship/marriage wouldn’t work, but I fooled myself into believing I could force it if I just did all the right things. Looking back, I believe that “gut feeling” I speak of was really God saying “No, this is not what/who I’ve prepared for you”.

It was what I wanted because I did not ask my father in heaven to fulfill his will for my life, but rather I wanted him to fulfill my desire to find a husband because I thought that would fill the voids in my life at the time.  Needless to say, I did not.

Even if something is from God, that does not mean that it will be perfect, but looking back, I would rather wait on God and receive the blessings that he has for me in his time over rushing and doing things my way.

I believe that God allowed me to do things my way to remind me that he is in control, not me.  I certainly reaped the consequences of ignoring the obvious at the time.  I looked the other way as most people do when they want something so badly.  An honest “worldly” mistake.

Moving forward in your life,  when you pray for something, trust God to give you what he has prepared for you and in his time, not yours, and when it comes your way, make sure you confirm it is from him before you move forward.

Like me, while you’re dealing with the struggles of something you rushed into because you couldn’t wait on God, you’ve just missed your blessing because you’re not in position to receive it.  I call that being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In saying that, I believe that what is for you is still for you, but missed blessings that stem from being anxious and disobedient may still come eventually, but you might have to go ‘around the world and back’ before you are able to receive them, when you could’ve already enjoyed the benefits from God’s blessings much earlier.

Just something to think about…


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