Are You Expecting

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Are You Expecting?

How many times do we pray about something, intending to leave it at the altar, only to pick it up again? Many times our controlling nature kicks in, and we try to ‘help’ God in answering our prayer. Sometimes we simply need to lay it down at the altar and say, “Lord, help my unbelief!” (Mk. 9:24) Instead, we try to cover up our lack of faith, our struggles with doubt. The root of why we try to cover our doubts may be fear. It could be fear of what others would think of us if they knew we struggled with doubts and unbelief. We may even fear that if we admitted our doubts to God, that He may punish us by refusing to answer our prayer.
Yet, I John 4:18 tells us that there isn’t any fear in love because fear brings with it the thought of punishment. Mature, perfect love doesn’t fear. We are loved by a God who is perfect, and so we don’t need to fear punishment because of any doubts or unbelief that we may have.

Instead of trying to hide our doubts, we need to tell God every detail of our needs, including our fears, doubts, and lack of faith. Then His peace will keep constant guard over our hearts and minds. (Phil. 4:7 Phillips) It’s at that point that we can begin to do as Psalm 5:3 says: In the morning, I lay my requests before my Lord and wait in expectation. I love that verse! It spurs me to wait and see what wonderful, creative answers I will receive from the Lord regarding the many prayer requests I have.

The Message version of this same verse says, “Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.” We probably all have at least one area in our life that constantly tries to trip us. It may be our temper, our tongue, our thoughts, compulsive shopping, compulsive eating, or even excessive time on the computer. Too often, we muddle through the day, hoping that somehow we will overcome, yet we don’t really have the faith to believe that we will ever truly get the breakthrough we desire. We live our lives, failing again and again, day after day.

We need to press in! Don’t give up! We need to keep going, grasping ever more firmly that purpose for which Christ has grasped us. (Phil. 3:12 Phillips) Ask God to help you learn to sense what is vital, and to prize what is excellent and of real value — recognizing the highest and best, and distinguishing the moral differences. (Phil. 1:10 AMP) Then, watch in expectation as you lay those pieces of your life on the altar. Watch for the fire of God to descend on you, transforming you into His likeness with every-increasing glory. (II Cor. 3:18 NIV)

Sister, are you expecting?
© 2004, Stacy R Miller

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