I remember over four years ago when I was asking God if I should take a job at my church (yes, the same one that I am quitting now -- there is a time and a season for everything) and I felt that He was being so silent about it. I would pray and not hear. I would pray and He would be silent. I would ask and He would not answer. Finally, one day when both the kids were napping, I laid down on my bedroom floor, Bible opened, and told God I was not getting up until He told me whether or not I was to take this job. And, through Scripture, He answered me. I wish I could tell you exactly which verse He used, but whichever one it was, I interpreted it to mean that I could go forward with accepting the position. One week after I started working, Craig's car broke and we had to get a new (to us) one, which we could only afford with my paycheck. How's a little confirmation for ya?
My point in all of this is that there is a reason why God asks us to ask and there is a reason why sometimes we have to ask multiple times. Much of it, I think, points to Him having a relationship with us. He wants us to ask because He wants the lines of communication to be open. We are not called to be puppets for His pleasure. Yes, He desires obedience, but He also wants to engage and participate in our lives with us. I think He wants earnest seeking, just as He has sought us out from the beginning.
Challenge: Do you find that there has been a difference for you when you have prayed for a long time about something and it is finally answered versus when you have prayed once and it is answered immediately? Has it impacted your relationship with God, for better or worse?
FYI, this is something that I still have a lot of questions about myself and I would love for anyone to share their personal experiences in the comments. My plan is to take several days to unpack this part of the series!
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