When we ask God to provide for us, our asking is based on what we know his will according to the Bible.
“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”Matthew 6:10.
As we understand how God’s Word relates to our lives, we can have a clear basis for effectively praying about our relationships, circumstances, finances, possessions, priorities, and attitudes. For example, we know that it is God’s will that we walk in holiness (I Thess 4:7.).
So if the things that I seek would hinder godly living, then I’m not praying according to God’s will. Right?
I wonder how many times you’ve found it tempting to manipulate a situation so that what we want comes to pass. However, taking a situation into our own hands usually leads to conflict, frustration, and, ultimately, discouragement.
So in order to really embrace God’s will rather than our own, how about thinking through the benefits of receiving our request and the benefits of not receiving our request!
In this way, our expectations balance out and we can pray with a heart surrendered to God, trusting that he will do what is best for us and most glorifying to him.
When we have just as many reasons to thank God for not granting something to us as we have for receiving something, then we can take true delight in seeing God perform his perfect will, whatever it may be.
I remember a couple of lines from Dostoyevsky:
“The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”