Money? Time? Opportunities? Guidance? Healing? Provision?
How about God?
After all, he takes care of all of those areas. But we often go to him telling him what we want or need most, based on what we’re assessing our needs and wants are. We’re actually asking him to give us what we’re certain we want or need when, in reality, he knows what we need more than we do. Our asks are distorted.
When we ask for more of God, when we yield to him, when we let his wants determine our wants, we get what we need. We get God.
When we let our own analysis of a situation or a relationship determine our asks, we’re assuming our insight trumps God’s. But when we ask for more of God, when we ask him to reveal himself to us, we get to know his character. We’re content in his presence. We find his peace in our chaos.
What about praying what’s on our hearts and adding “if it be your will” at the end of each prayer to make sure God knows we want him to filter everything through his will. We don’t want what he doesn’t want. We’re giving it all to him. However, when we’re passionately praying for specifics and simply tacking on an escape clause on the end, we need to realize God knows our hearts. He knows what (and who) we’re seeking. He knows our motivation.
If you want God to filter everything through his will, seek to know God more than you’re seeking anything or anyone else. Filter everything through his will as you get to know him through his Word. Ask him questions and watch for the answers. Look for the creative ways he teaches you. Notice him pouring into you when you’re looking…and when you’re not.
That box you have God in? Open it up and collapse it. Put it in the recycling bin. You’re not going to need it anymore.