Be Careful What You Ask For - Humor and Advice
Many people pray and ask God to do certain things for them or answer their prayers, but they don't realize what they're asking for. In other words, most people don't realize that getting what they want means they will have to go through some stuff. So when God is answering their prayer, it doesn't mean that the answer is going to magically appear, or that it's going to be easy.
In Madea's video, Madea's Big Happy Family, she talks about this. She talks about the woman who prays for a "good" man. She said that prayer will get you hurt. What she said made sense, because when you think about it; we pray based on our perception of things. However, our thoughts are not God's thoughts. Not only are our thoughts not God's thoughts, but our time is not God's time. Therefore, we have to remember to give got time to fill the request.
Some requests can take as long as 20 years to answer in our time. It's not because God can't move things along. It's because most of the time we are not ready for it; despite the fact that we always think we are ready. The hold up is not God. It's us. This is why we must not waiver in our faith. Additionally, what we perceive as good for ourselves is not the same thing that God perceives as good for us.
Its amazing how lately math keeps coming into things, especially for someone who considers themselves to be mathematically challenged. However, this is where is the math comes into it. It's the difference between our perception and God's perception that dictates how much heartache, pain, discomfort, or challenge we will have to go through to get our request or prayer answered.
This is because we have to grow from our perceptions or viewpoint, into God's perception or viewpoint. The result is growing pains, and growing pains hurt. And while I admit that God does have a sense of humor; some things don't seem as humorous at the moment as in afterthought. However when you get it, it is usually quite funny.
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Without Much Thought
I spoke recently to a client who's having some major problems with her neck and shoulder. She has a herniated disc in her neck, that may, if our treatment doesn't release the problem; require surgery. Her condition is so severe, she cannot work; and it appears that this may be for several months. Plus, she's in excruciating pain and has some difficulty in moving and being comfortable. Guess what she told me her prayer request had been? She said that she asked God for time off to rest. Well, she's certainly got that now. Seems as if she wasn't very clear or specific in that request.
Another example of this, would be the time a few years ago, when I asked the Lord to give me a chauffer to drive me around. Yeah, I actually asked for this. Basically, I just said to Him that it would be nice to be driven around; because at the time I was in school and I needed more time to do my reading and studying. I figured that I could study while the other person (or chauffer) drove me to my destinations. So I just made the comment on the fly, without too much thought (obviously). So what happened? My car was stolen, and I ended up riding the bus. But, I got what I asked for; I was being driven around.
You've Got To Be Specific
I've heard people say why do we have to be specific when we pray? He knows! So let me give you another example. When I prayed for the house that we live in right now, God answered and gave me exactly everything I asked for in the house plus more.
I asked for 3 bedrooms. I asked for tile floors, and said that if it could not be completed tiled; that I would prefer Berber carpet. I asked for a dishwasher, plus a storage room with a washer and dryer. I also specified central ac and heat, and a large yard so I could do some planting.
And God Said, "NO".
-Claudia Minden Weisz
I asked God to take away my pride. And God said "No".
He said it was not for Him to take away, but for me to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. And God said "No".
He said her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience. And God said "No".
He said patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn't granted, it is earned.
I asked God to give me happiness. And God said "No".
He said He gives me blessings, happiness is up to me.
I asked God to spare me pain. And God said "No".
He said suffering draws me apart from worldly cares and brings me closer to Him.
I asked God to make my spirit grow. And God said "No".
He said I must grow on my own. But He will prune me to make me fruitful.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. And God said "No".
He said he will give me life, that I may enjoy all things/
I asked God to help me love others, as much as he loves me.
And God said "Oh, finally you have the idea!"
God gave me everything I asked for. God loves to show up and show out. It's 3 bedrooms with tiles throughout the house except in the bedrooms. The bedrooms have Berber carpet. I have the dishwasher, and the washer, dryer, which are both in the storage room. The house is a perfect little sanctuary. The one thing that I didn't specify in my request were the size of the bedrooms; so they were a little bit smaller than I would've preferred.
In addition to that, I had randomly stated in some previous request; that I wanted to have some Gardenia or Jasmine plants right near my bedroom window and around my house, so that I could always smell those beautiful flowers.
I discovered an scraggly little tree growing on the side of my house; in fact more than one of these. I had commented to my son that these plants so scraggly and sort of ugly; and I was thinking about getting rid of them. Right after I said that, the following evening those scraggly little trees bloomed a weird looking flower. We then discovered that the beautiful flower scent that I thought had been coming from my neighbor's yard for over a year; have been coming from my yard all along. God had given me a scented, flowering tree that smelled a lot like Jasmine, in fact several.
Despite the fact that that particular request was made a few years prior to the prayer for the house, and without much thought either; still, God remembered and He gave me that as well at my house. Additionally he gave me an outdoor water pump and I use that to save money on my water bill.
However, what was the one crucial thing I forgot to ask God about? What did I forget to specify in my request for the house?
So again, I reiterate. Be careful what you ask for.