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"I pray, expecting an answer."
- Andrew Murray

Pray with Expectation

The quote from Andrew Murray says it all in a nutshell.

We need to pray to God with expectation.

When we pray to God, we should expect an answer from God. In fact, we should anticipate an answer by God answering us according to His will. We should ask, believe and expect to receive God’s answer in accordance with both His purpose and His plan.

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Expecting is Not Directing

What we tell God is about our needs and our desires. We give God our petitions and requests. We submit our supplications to God.

We don’t direct God on what to do or where to go, not even how to perform what we ask.

That’s not our calling.

That’s not how that works.

Tell God and Trust God

Once you’ve prayed, remain open to receiving God’s answer.

Once you have prayed, ready yourself with expectation of God’s answer.

In anticipation of God’s answer, be ready to accept God’s will.

Acceptance is key when we look at our expectation of God answering us. Like I said, God has a purpose and and a plan. Your prayer might not fit with His plan or His purpose.

Yes, God has the power to do whatever he chooses to do. See Psalm 115:3. But even three Hebrew youths were cemented in their faith that they would hold fast to their devotion to God even if He did not rescue them from a fiery furnace in Babylon.

Come to the point in your faith where you can accept that. That’s God’s expectation of us.

Keep praying and keep expecting God’s answers with acceptance.

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“God is more eager to answer than we are to ask.”- Smith Wigglesworth

We answers.  Our hearts cry out for answers.  We wish to make sense of all that we experience in this world, so we cry out to God, seeking an answer from the Most High God to all that we experience here on earth.  Yet, we fail to realize that God has already answered most of questions in the Book.  He has carefully crafted and sketched a blueprint for our living, preparing us through earthly life for eternal life.

46If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.

47But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

John 5:46-47 (NIV)

The Book speaks about a relationship with God.  In Genesis, God introduces and establishes the relationship and by chapter 3 things occur and sin comes into play causes an issue within the relationship.  The remainder of the Book continues on how the relationship plays out with this barrier of sin.  Yet, it never really seems fully taken care of by the offerings of bulls and lambs.  A prophecy keeps coming up with Joel, Isaiah, and others demonstrating how One must come to take away the sins of the world, the Lamb of God who will serve as the ultimate sacrifice.  Then, after Malachi, things switch gears.  Jesus arrives and sets change in motion, bringing the Good News of God and offering life more abundantly through His personal sacrifice.

The answer that many of us are awaiting has already arrived and arisen.  The answer is Jesus.  Jesus is the adequate answer.  Jesus is the appropriate answer.  All of those questions that we have should not be placed in  Jesus’ hands.  If you recall the story, His hands have holes in them from when He suffered for our sinsPut your burdens in His trust.  Most importantly, Jesus is the available answer.  He was made available through the love of God for the whole world.  He is available because He sticks closer than a brother.  He is available today through belief and faith.  He is the answer.

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.- 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)

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