Learning to Pray Expectantly

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Prayer is an important part of having a strong relationship with God.

I remember last fall, my school took a trip to Windy Gap. We spent the week worshiping God and getting to know one another before heading back to school. One of the last nights we were there, the leaders sent everyone off to have quiet time with God. I found a spot beside the sand volleyball courts. Looking up at the starry night sky, I thought of how cool it would be to see shooting stars.

Immediately after that thought, I frowned. Why should I ask God for shooting stars? Aren’t I supposed to ask for important and meaningful things? How can I ask for shooting stars when there are so many other things to be praying for? I bent my head and looked at my hands, convinced that something as little as shooting stars should be something I should have prayed for.

You could probably guess what happened. When the bell rang and everyone was called back to the chapel, my friends ran up to me speaking quickly about how beautiful the shooting stars had been. I stopped in the path, shocked. God had answered my prayers but I was so busy convincing myself it wasn’t worth the time that I had missed His answer all together!

While we should pray with full faith that He is able to answer our prayers and do everything we ask, we have to remember that it’s God’s Will that is to be done. God wants us to accept His Will completely and give our lives to Him. Once we do that, He openly answers our prayers because we are praying for His Will to be done! Sometimes, though, there are things that He gives us anyway, like shooting stars. But we have to remember that it is God that we are serving, not ourselves. James 1:6-8 explains this idea:

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. ~ James 1:6-8

My challenge this week is that you would pray expectantly, knowing that God can answer your prayers, giving us everything we need, but also remembering that His Will comes first.

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6 thoughts on “Learning to Pray Expectantly

  1. ʞɐ March 18, 2018 / 11:08 am

    This is quite interesting.

    I have a question though. How does one who has lost faith in God reclaim their position in God’s kingdom?

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    • Abi Leah March 18, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      Wonderful question! I am so glad that you are interested in having a personal relationship with God! I’d like to start my answer with this truth: once you are saved, you are forever saved because God gives you a new life with a new Spirit (John 5:24, Romans 8:38-39). So the question, then, is this: do you have faith in God? John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This verse is well known but it also speaks to the truth that anyone who believes that Jesus died for your sins, rose from the dead, and is now alive speaking to God on your behalf will be saved (2 Corinthians 5:21). Sin is the reason for our need of salvation (Romans 3:10, 3:23, 5:12). Since sin is committed against God, the first thing we need to do is search ourselves and acknowledge that the sin is there. Once we acknowledge the sin, we have to come to God in humble repentance, confessing our sins (1 John 1:9). Romans 10:9-10 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Salvation is simply found in confessing and accepting Jesus. There will be times when we don’t feel like we are changed or saved, but that’s when we need to go back to the Word and remember His Truth. I hope this helped answer your question! I encourage you to find a Pastor or spiritual leader that you trust to speak more about this topic. I’ll be praying for you. :)

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  2. Claire Rachel March 19, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    What a great post, Abi! Wonderful reminder!

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  3. Maggie March 20, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    This is such a beautiful post! Thank you so much for inspiring me. <3

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