Does God give us what we want, like a job, car, house, a mate?
Or, does He only give us spiritual “wants” such as righteousness, peace and joy?
And is it better to ask God for spiritual things versus material things? Is it OK to ask for both?
Let’s look at our ultimate example, Jesus.
- Did Jesus pray for material things? Answer: Yes.
- Did Jesus pray for spiritual things? Answer: Yes.
- Does God answer both types of prayers?
- Answer: Yes, and sometimes when you pray you will get what you want. Here’s my testimony.
My sister, mother and I were at breakfast diving into our favorite pancakes, breakfast hash and bacon when I said, “I have lost something.”
My sister said, “what?”
I said, “my antioxidant serum.”
This is not an advertisement for skincare, but this product is so effective that it clears up my dry skin problems within a few days. But, it’s not cheap. So, when I was able to buy the product using my VISA points, the modern day version of S&H stamps, I was really excited.
And, really disappointed when I misplaced this jar of liquid gold and couldn’t find it – anywhere.
But right then, I had a flashback about an experience years before losing something.
It was a gold-plated stereo thing-a-ma-bob, an adapter I used to mix cassette tapes of music and sermons for my mother.
I was disappointed when I lost it because my mother enjoyed my mixtapes so much. So, I prayed to God to help me find it. Within a few moments the stereo adapter and its location appeared across the screen of my mind, like it appears above. I went right to it and was my mother’s DJ again.
God answered my prayer.
Fast forward to the present problem. Hadn’t I lost something? Hadn’t I wanted it? Is God still the same? Hadn’t I prayed . . . . .
Wait a minute, nope, negative, nein, nyet I hadn’t prayed. So, right then, I did. Prayed I mean. Seems frivolous, right, to pray about a missing skin care product, but it worked years ago, maybe it would work now.
So, I asked God to help me find it, thanked Him. Forgot about it.
A few days after praying, I was driving into my garage, and felt “a nudge” to look in our recycle trash bin. I opened the bin and sitting right on top was this…
There it was…perfectly intact, the full jar not even dirtied-up with the other recycled trash nor a drop of it spilled. I thanked God for hearing me.
So, you may be saying I’ve prayed for things and didn’t get them.
Yes, that happens, but many times I have prayed and many times I have gotten exactly what I wanted.
So, am I lucky? No. Is this situation unusual? I don’t believe so.
If you are a praying person, who walks and stumbles trying to walk with God and you look back over your life, you’ll see that you too have gotten what you wanted.
Let me tell you what I’m not saying – I’m not saying that God is your magician or that praying is like playing the”Ask the 8 Ball” game, where you ask a question and the 8 ball answers with a “yes,” “no,” or “maybe.” God wants a relationship with you, experiences with you. Those experiences include answered prayer. But those experiences also include uncertainty, struggle, waiting and wondering if He will answer. Those experiences include times of laughter and tears, sorrow and joy. He wants you to know Him, like any other relationship. What makes Him sad, angry, happy, laugh, what’s important to Him. And He wants to talk to you, give you answers to what you want that are richer, more beautiful than just “yes,” “no,” or “maybe.” He’s nuanced, splendid, dynamic and complicated. He’s all together lovely and all together loving.
And, He answers prayer
- But rather seek ye first the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
- Fear not little flock, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Luke 12:31-32
- Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11
- Whatever you ask the Father in my name, I will do it. John 14:14
Message from Momma on Prayer
My Momma left a message on my voice mail that I’ve played many times for encouragement. You can hear it below. May it speak to your heart. She calls me “Pookie Tail” as a term of endearment.