“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receive, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
“Be gracious to me, O God, for men trample upon me; all day long foemen oppress me; my enemies trample upon me all day long, for many fight against me proudly. When I am afraid, I put my trust in thee. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust without a fear.
What can flesh do to me? All day long they seek to injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil. They band themselves together, they lurk, they watch my steps. As they have waited for my life, so recompense them for their crime; in wrath cast down the peoples, O God! Thou hast kept count of my tossings; put thou my tears in thy bottle! Are they not in thy book? Then my enemies will be turned back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust without a fear. What can man do to me? My vows to thee I must perform, O God; I will render thank offerings to thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, yea, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”
How often do we pray to God but think that He is not listening or that our prayer will go unanswered? When this happens we can begin to question whether or not He has our best interests at heart, because who knows better what we need than ourselves? We are like children who ask their parents for something, believing that what we want is exactly what we need in our lives at that time. But, like a parent, God knows really what is best for His children and what we really need. Let us trust in that. Take a look over your life and think of the things that you asked for and did not receive. In hindsight we have to trust that what we did NOT receive was in God’s plan for us, and in our best interests.
Currently we may be in a situation where we are fervently praying for an outcome that we think is best. Our prayer should reflect our trust in God and we should take comfort in knowing that He is directing our lives. Let us trust that by giving it over to Him, our lives will unfold as they should. May we trust in God’s will this day and acknowledge Him in all our ways.