Thursday, July 20, 2017

Don't Miss It

Many a ship passes in the night,
touching at our wharf with the precious freight
which we have been praying for,
but we are not there to receive it.
Many a dove comes to our window from the
weltering waste of waters;
but we are too immersed in other things to notice its light tap.
We pray, but we do not wait;
we ask, but we do not expect to receive;
we knock, but we are gone before the door is opened.”

James 1:6,7

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea
driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he
shall receive any thing of the Lord.

How many times are we guilty of praying a specific prayer, then walking away and forgetting all about it. We don't stay at the foot of the cross, holding out our hands expectantly, waiting for God to grant the request with his abundance. Instead, we get discouraged, we doubt God's goodness, his provision, his protection. We go our way and while we're gone, the answer comes, but as the poem says, “we are not there to receive it.”

Often times we pray, but don't wait. We ask, but don't expect anything to come of it. We knock, then turn away, not expecting an answer.

Matthew 6:30

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,
which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven,
shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

The passage in James tells us what we are likened to when we waver in our faith. When we doubt God's ability. We're like a wave of the sea. Now, waves of the sea are beautiful, and we love to stand in the shallows and have the water lapping at our feet. In, out. In, out. In, out. But when we pray without faith, we're likened to a wave. The wind drives it. What is the wind in your life that drives you? Is it a wind of doubt? Is it a wind of fear? Is it a wind of anxiety? A wind that drives your prayers and causes your faith to waver.

God says, “let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord”
If we're wavering in our faith and our prayers are half-hearted, and we pray without really expecting anything,
God tells us plainly that we won't receive anything.

Hudson Taylor once said,

Ask great things of God
Attempt great things for God
Expect great things from God”

God is waiting and longing to give us the desires of our hearts. He is able to go above and beyond our tiny requests and overflow our lives with blessing.

Ephesians 3:20

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us

Then, why are we not waiting at the wharf, at the window, at the door?

Matthew 7:7,8

Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth;
and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened

There is going to be some well-meaning people, wondering where 'leaving it at the foot of the cross' comes in. Well, I definitely don't pretend to have all the answers and I'm still on a steep learning curve when it comes to praying effectively. But I do know that God wants us to bring our problems to Him and not fret or worry over the outcome, and He also expects us to pray with a heart of faith, expectantly, hopefully and without doubt. He tells us in scripture to pray without ceasing. He wants us to bring our requests to Him continually and pray for the same thing over and over and show Him how important our particular request is to us.

It is not wrong to pray for something consistently until God opens the floodgates of Heaven and grants our desires and we see the mighty hand of God work and give Him all the glory. How many souls have been saved because a faithful Christian wouldn't give up on praying for that one to come to Christ? They weren't content to pray once, and walk away, not waiting for the answer. No, they were ready and waiting at the wharf, continually begging God and interceding on someone else's behalf until God answered.

I don't want to be so busy in life, that I don't notice those little answers to prayer. We often ask a small request of God, then don't even see the answer arrive because we're so busy doing other things,
that the blessing comes and goes by unnoticed.

I want to be at the door waiting.
Not missing a single answer!