Praying with faith isn’t always easy. As humans, we tend to “overthink” (at least I do) the pending answer. Even while I am asking God for something I have the “5 Ws & H” of doubt rolling around in my head.
- Who* will answer this prayer?
- What if He doesn’t?
- Where is the answer? (especially for those prayers I’ve been praying for along time)
- Why is this situation/illness/problem like this in the first place?
- When will He answer this prayer?
“‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.’” –Matthew 7:7-12
*The WHO is where all our faith lies: A GOOD God & a LOVING God
What we need to know is that God IS good! Because He is good at His very core, then we can have a complete assurance (faith) that He will do what is good for us. And He is a loving God. Because He loves us, He wants what’s best for us (even if it’s not what we want or think is best).
When it may not seem “good” in the human, earthly sense of the word we need to be mindful that He is working on a larger scale, one that we are not called to always understand. He loves us (all of us) and wants what is best for us.
If we truly believe that God is GOOD and that He is LOVE then the rest of questions don’t really matter. We can have complete faith in God that in his love for us and in all His goodness He will answer according to His ways.
“’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” –Isaiah 55:8-9
Maybe that’s why children have it so easy: they’re not bogged down by “overthinking” like us adults!
“And calling to Him a childe, He put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never entr the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” –Matthew 18:2-4