Enjoy Life when God Answers the “Wrong” Prayer {21/31 Days to Enjoy Life}

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There’s a thing I do. I don’t know why I started it other than a basic understanding of what God’s will meant. When I want something, like really want it, I will pray for that.

“Please God, let this ___ work out,” … and then I add a bonus prayer, “but, if it’s not your will, please let me find out sooner rather than later.”
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And you know what? He usually answers those prayers. But sometimes, he answers the wrong one. You see, when I lift those prayers to God I also add a little caveat, “And don’t forget, I really, really want this to work.” When I get the “sooner rather than later” answer, it’s hard to move on from that.

Sometimes, God’s soon is, like, super quick. So quick, in fact, that I hadn’t even considered what life would be like if he stepped in and told me what I was dreaming for wasn’t going to happen. Usually the sign that whatever I want isn’t going to work comes gently. Through more prayer and counsel with friends I can heal from that disappointment and move on to appreciate the reasons (either known or unknown) that I did not get what I wanted.

Sometimes I still mourn this life. I never imagined a different future, which made it incredibly difficult to listen to God when he was nudging me to let go. That was not the man, nor the life, for me.

Sometimes I still mourn this life. I never imagined a different future, which made it incredibly difficult to listen to God when he was nudging me to let go. That was not the man, nor the life, for me.

Of course, there are times when I ignore those signs for as long as I possibly can until eventually… eventually my world comes crashing down with such force that I find myself sleeping in the spare bedroom of my friend from bible study who is already a single mom trying to raise a family. In those moments…. oh in those moments I wish I had accepted God’s gracious let down when I asked for it.

And so I just want to say, if you are praying for something, perhaps there’s a reason why God isn’t answering. Perhaps he has something bigger, better, more appropriate down the road. Have you asked him to give you a sign? Have you been brave and courageous and put down your desires to say, “not my will, but yours be done?”

It’s terrifying. It’s scary. And sometimes there’s still heartbreak in the answer. But there’s also an abundance of grace. So much grace.

Once I lamented being unable to pray to live on the water... but when I finally listened to God's "wrong answer" I discovered he was waiting to answer that prayer as soon as I was done avoiding him.

Once I lamented being unable to pray to live on the water… but when I finally listened to God’s “wrong answer” I discovered he was waiting to answer that prayer as soon as I was done avoiding the “no.” {Alki Beach, Seattle}

  • * Maybe the job at which your gifts will shine the most simply isn’t ready for you.
  • * We’ll never know why, but perhaps your baby you’ve been praying for still needs to wait a little while to say hello to us. (If this is your struggle, I hope you know my dear friend Amanda)
  • * Maybe the man you are with is NOT the man God wants you to marry… and that’s OK. I promise you that being alone is better than being in a relationship that is unhappy, unhealthy or on the road to no where. This was a devastating concept to me and I tried to force a relationship for such a long time… It only made things worse. I see now that when I saw signs, God was truly trying to save me from the heart wrenching heart-break I put myself through anyway.
  • * Maybe God wants you to walk away from the blog you’re trying to grow (and have maybe even had success doing so), and start a new voice and a new story somewhere else.
  • * That person you’re praying so desperately for to find Jesus might take years to get there – don’t give up on them.
  • * Perhaps your prayers for financial security aren’t being answered today because God is still teaching you to lean on him. Learning to lean on him now will carry you through hard times later. This is an important lesson that is worth way more than dollars in your bank account.
  • * …

What is your maybe? What is your unanswered prayer that you’ve wrestled about with God? Is it possible that his request for patience, or his “no” is, in reality, grace upon grace upon grace? Have you seen grace when God answered the “wrong” prayer before?

Is it possible that a key to enjoying life is resting in his peace that surpasses understanding and trusting that he has a {Good and Perfect} plan that HE knows, even when we don’t?

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Law_Fal
    October 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Definitely needed this reminder today!

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      Brittany
      October 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      I am glad to be an encouragement. It can be so hard to move on from what you really wanted. But I know God has something good in store for you!

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    Stacy
    October 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Amen girl. I’m going through counseling with a friend right now, and just yesterday the pastor we’re meeting with said this which blew my mind (relating to something she’s been praying about for years and still hasn’t received): “I’m not going to be the person to say that God won’t do a miracle in your life… but, what if he already has?” He went on to explain how God having reached into the pitch darkness to rescue her, purely because of how much she means to him, is a miracle already. And how the truth that he IS perfecting her and will one day give her a new body and a glorified spirit where there will no longer be any pain, ever, is a miracle already.

    I had never thought about it that way before. Sometimes we spend so much time asking for God to move, when really, he already has. And still is. :)

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