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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Do we always pray with the expectation that Christ will come through?

I don’t.

My prayers are often in a peek-a-boo fashion.  I stick my prayer out for a split-second, hope I feel something…an answer maybe, then in my heart, somewhat doubt and retract that request.

The post before this talks about how God is not a magic genie to simply ask favors of.  Prayer is for us to know the heart of God better.  But how can we do that if we don’t pray with expectation?

“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” -Psalm 5:3

I love the song lyrics, “I’m here to meet with You, Come and meet with me.”  We show up and ask God to join us in communion through His Holy Spirit.  Through His Spirit, he speaks truth to us, answers our requests, and guides us.  But I notice that if I show up half-hearted, ask half-heartedly, and don’t expect God to show up or come through…nothing really happens…does it?

We all do this.  But Christ promises us so much more and all we have to do is simply ask Him to show up.  I think it was Brennan Manning (correct me if I’m wrong), that said a Rabbi once said he started praying for God to simply allow him to experience  His wonder.  He didn’t pray for money, health, a hot wife…just to experience Him.

May we experience God and all his splendid wonders and pray with expectation.

November 23-29

Psalm 2:8a “Ask of me, and I will make nations your inheritance”

Psalm 3:8a “From the LORD come deliverance”

Psalm 4:1b “be merciful and hear my prayer”

Psalm 5:3b “in the morning I lay requests before you and wait in expectation”

Psalm 6:9b “the LORD accepts my prayer”

Psalm 7:6b “Awake my God; decree justice”

Psalm 7:8b “Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity”

The message here is seek God and pray. He will hear those prayers and respond with justice. The judgment will be appropriate for our character and actions. The response of the Lord will not always be in the affirmative. His answer might be yes, no, maybe, in time or something else. Praying to God is not about having a wish granted. It is about aligning our heart with God’s will. In time, our walk with be that of God’s. I can’t wait for that day. Be God’s.