Trusting God and being patient for His best
Do you trust God to deliver in the areas you have need? He most certainly is to be trusted! Sometimes circumstances make it seem like He didn’t come through on His promises (in your timing) or you were surprised by the way He answered. In this article, we will take a deep dive into trusting God without fear and believing for God’s best when we pray.
As a loving Father, He always has the son or daughter’s best interests at heart. The trouble is when we apply Mark 11:24 in our lives, sometimes we have ideas of how the answer to our prayer should come about. False expectations can result in wounding from the disappointment of not seeing your specific prayer come to pass fast enough or the way in which you expected. In this context, we must always approach God with a contrite heart in the practice of petition, expecting God’s best for us in any given situation and trusting He has our best interests covered.
“But I really want that house!”
A recent, classic example of this was when my wife and I believed the Lord for a house. We had saved enough for a down payment, our application was made and I had set my heart on a specific house I saw. I really believed God was going to let me have it. Well, the bottom line is this; the house I really wanted didn’t end up happening. I was set on the idea of the Lord giving us this house and I knew He was able to; I didn’t doubt it for one minute. I found myself most disappointed when the news broke about the house going to another couple. After getting quiet before the Lord, I remonstrated and made it clear I wasn’t a happy camper about this disappointing news. After some time, He spoke to me and asked, “What was wrong with that house?” I answered there was nothing wrong with it. (I wanted to move our stuff in it right away!) Again, he asked, “What’s wrong with that house?” After some time, He made it clear to me that there was plenty wrong with the house as it was not my heart’s desire (based on what I’d prayed for in the past.)
I was selling myself short when I compared this house to the list of my heart’s desire, and there were several items missing off the list! To cut a long story short, I came to my senses and let it go knowing that God had a better plan. The point is that we can compromise God’s perfect choice for us by settling for what is ‘good.’ Someone once said that “Good is the enemy of best,” and that is very valuable insight. We have to be patient AND trust God in order for his perfect choice to manifest. That, my friends, is the difficult part as we can get antsy in the waiting period prior to the manifestation of what we’ve prayed for. The scripture clearly states that it was through “faith and patience” that Abraham inherited the promise, not through faith alone (Hebrews 6:12-13).
Only three weeks later, the Lord opened up an opportunity to purchase an incredible home that fulfilled literally every desire of our hearts (and then some). We had distinct favor in the purchasing process with the seller, lender and so on. God made it clear that this was His perfect choice for us and His choice far surpassed the house I was originally hung up on. I have total peace today as I write this article in the home that God prepared for us! He is such an awesome, majestic, kind and wonderful God! He knows what’s best for us even when we don’t. Remember, the Father always has our best interests at heart and knows His children intimately.
The Choice between the Good, Acceptable and Perfect Will
The Bible talks of the good, acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2). We should always want God’s perfect will for our lives in every area as He knows what’s best for us! The right kind of prayer is to allow Him to do His perfect will in every area of our life where a decision is needed. Sometimes we proceed presumptively and settle for His acceptable will but we should not be hasty and always seek Him (and wait) for His best. The key is not being frustrated as God’s perfect will involves what’s best for all involved from His perspective, not just from yours.
Seven Steps to Petitioning God
- Trust in the Father’s goodness knowing He will provide for you (Romans 12:3, Philippians 4:19, James 1:17).
- Meditate on the scriptures that pertain specifically to what you’re believing for and have scriptures to back it up (Romans 10:17, Jeremiah 29:11, Joshua 1:8).
- Build up your faith in your area of need (Hebrews 11:6, Jude 1:20).
- Check your heart for sin issues or condemnation (1st John 1:9), and make sure you are confident when you pray (1st John 5:14-16).
- Come boldly to the throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16).
- Expect to receive your answer when you pray (Mark 11:24) not in the sweet by and by.
- Continually thank the Father for what He has already granted you until you see the manifestation (Hebrews 11:1, Philippians 4:6).
Let’s say you have a need for a motor vehicle, and you want a specific vehicle, color, speed, and engine. That is what you’ve set your heart on; can God provide for this? Certainly He can. The best way to pray however is like this:
“Lord, you know I have a need for a motor vehicle, and you know my heart better than anyone. This is the kind of vehicle I would like (description)….but I want your perfect choice for me. Your word says that you will meet my needs in Philippians 4:19, so right now I believe I receive your perfect will for a vehicle, in Jesus name and I will continue to thank you until the day it manifests, amen.”
Confidence is Key
When you pray this way, you can be confident that God’s perfect choice for you will be manifest in His timing and His way. The how and the when is up to Him, not you. He knows deep down what you really like and your personal taste. You might be praying for one specific thing, but God has something better lined up and when you pray His perfect will, you keep the door open for Him to move in a way that surpasses even your highest expectations. In conjunction with this, I would ask you to read my article entitled, “Praying Outside of God’s Promises“ which covers the many facets of prayer and why we sometimes fail to receive.
It’s time to be real; we are not practicing some esoteric faith understood by a select few but an exoteric one. We are in the real world, with real problems and real issues which is why it’s paramount that we know how to pray for God’s best, being confident that we receive and having the patience to see it manifest. I am excited to hear of your testimonies in the coming months concerning God’s perfect choice in prayer for you!
|Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.|