I have been disappointed before. I know how it feels to pray and fast day after day for something and not get it. I know what it means to want something so bad, to hope for it so much and even start preparing for its arrival and nothing happens. I know what it feels when our “faith” fails (more like presumption because faith never fails when we  believe God for what He said he would do). I wondered why He didn’t answer until I stumbled across some passages that pointed out the reasons I didn’t get what I want.
First, James 4:2 says “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” Have you gotten on your knees to pray for what you’re so bothered about and if you have, James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” What are your motives? To show off? To please other people? Or just because others are asking and you don’t want to feel left out? What are your motives?
1 John 5:14 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Note: According to His will. When we ask God for something and He does not give us because it is not according to His will, we start to blame Him and make Him seem wicked. He wants the best for us. We should ask God to help us to pray according to His will. 1 John 5:15 says, “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. Remember Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please God…” We should rely on God totally without having any Plan B. Did I just say that? Well, yes, I did because a Plan B means God might fail. GOD DOES NOT FAIL. He should be the first one we run to when we have crisis and not an uncle we believe has money to give us or the drugs at the pharmacy or a friend for advice.
So, if we pray about our issues with the right motives, according to God’s will, believing He has heard us and that He will answer in His time, there will be no room for disappointments.


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