Are You Prepared for What You Prayed For?
Psalms 37:4 (KJV)
Delight yourself also in the Lord; and he shall give you the desires of thine heart.
Mark 11:24 (KJV)
Therefore, I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
There are times when we pray, and we see the results of our answered prayer, and it blows our minds. My question is, why are we shocked? Is it because we aren’t prepared? The bible clearly tells us that if we believe that we have already received what we have asked for in prayer, that we will have them. This doesn’t mean that we go in prayer with our minds and petitions set up like a child’s Christmas list. It means that after we have spent time with God (delight ourselves in the Lord) that he would give us the desires of our hearts. In my opinion, this scripture doesn’t mean we can ask for anything and we get it, but rather when we spend time with GOD, HE tells our hearts what to desire, and those are the desires that are communicated back to GOD.
If we find that we aren’t getting what we have asked for in our prayers, we should reexamine the time we have spent with GOD to determine if our petitions contain our desires for fleshly reasons, or if we are desiring what GOD has for us. Do the things we ask for help to launch us into our destiny? We should be preparing to receive what we pray for. If we have prayed for a job, we should be actively pursuing job interviews and submitting resumes with faith. That’s just one example of mustard seed faith. We should take introspection to find areas where our lives do not line up with what we have prayed for. GOD has already handled every request; we just need to make sure that we are in position to receive it.