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Day 4 – Are We Trying to Short-Circuit God's Perfect Plan?

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“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Matthew 13:58 kjv

[caption id="attachment_4032" align="alignright" width="199"]I CAN'T accept "No" for an answer! I CAN’T accept “No” for an answer![/caption] Today I prayed very early in the morning hours…my hubby had to get up around 3:30 a.m. to prepare for work.  I found it a little difficult to get back to sleep.  This was another opportunity to PRAY. Do you have moments when you feel frustrated and can’t sleep?  Start praying….it’s better than counting sheep to calm your nerves, and eventually you’ll fall back into a nice little slumber…and then hopefully back into a nice peaceful sleep.

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The verse above in Mathew 13:58 is a verse that always makes me so sad when I read it.  Then, I wonder in my own life what mighty works could have been done if only I would have had more faith like I should. When we pray, we have to pray in faith…believing God will answer prayer.

God always answers prayer.

God sometimes answers, “yes“.   (We LOVE it when we get that answer, don’t we?) God sometimes answers, “no“.   (We often feel disappointed and let down, don’t we?) God sometimes answers, “wait awhile“.   (We often feel discouraged and impatient with God when we’re waiting, don’t we?) Why is it we always feel like, “If God would just answer my prayer right now, I’d be better off and I’d be a lot happier“? If we were to be totally honest, this isn’t true faith.  The kind of faith we need is the faith that believes that God WILL answer our prayer — and that He’ll answer it according to what is BEST for us. The many things that we have to suffer here on earth will never be totally understood until we get to Heaven. When the answer is “no” we have to pray and ask for God’s grace to walk through the difficulty. Peace and joy will then come when we can accept the answer that God’s given to us.  “No” is sometimes God’s perfect plan.

Day 4

“Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” John 9:3

When Jesus came in contact with a man who was blind from birth, he was questioned who was guilty of sin — the man or his parents?  Jesus answered that it was neither one, but that is was for the glory of God. Such is our trials of life.  They’re for God’s glory. Today pray for grace and strength to accept the trials and difficulties you are facing. (As well as those of the past.) Pray for the willpower to keep walking on. Accept His will.  Accept His answers.  Accept that He knows more than you.  Accept that He knows what’s best. Pray that God will help you to discern when to pray to “get out” of circumstances and when you need to just pray “through” your circumstances. Remember, we’re just flesh.  Sometimes we’re going to feel angry or frustrated.  This is the time to pray MORE.  You need help from God in accepting His will.  Don’t ask God to help you understand, but to help you accept the situation and trust Him to carry you through. Here’s some more quotes from Mark Batterson’s book
“Instead of getting discouraged, or getting angry, I choose to look for what God can do.” “We’re often so anxious to get out of difficult, painful, or challenging situations that we fail to grow through them.” “We’re so focused on God changing our circumstances that we never allow God to change us!” “The best answer is always what brings God the most glory!” “When our circumstances don’t change, it’s often an indication that God is trying to change us.” “Sometimes God delivers us from our problems; sometimes God delivers us through our problems.”

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