As a single woman I have struggled from time to time to trust that God is bringing me into the next season of life, married with children. However, I have come to a place in life now where I am confident not only in the season I am in but also in knowing and trusting that God is preparing for me a husband and children in the future. It is my heart’s desire and I know God is faithful to bring those desires to pass (Psalm 37:4).
Are you praying to get married, or to have a baby? Maybe you are praying for the next season professionally or academically. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). So, when we are in prayer we are having faith in what actually exists that is invisible to the natural eye. When a woman first becomes pregnant, and she does not tell us, how do we know? Just because we cannot see that she is pregnant with our natural eyes, this does not make her any less pregnant. This is the same when we have faith to believe what God has promised, even when we do not see the results with our natural eye yet.
This faith I am talking about is not a formula for getting what you want from God. I am talking about having such a close relationship with Jesus that it produces in you a full and dependent trust. In John 15:7, Jesus described this organic intimate relationship as so connected that it resembles a branch joined to the vine. When we abide in Christ, we become transformed by His Spirit;
His desires and priorities become ours.
Then when we pray, we are praying the will of God. Jesus said to us that as we abide in Him, whatever we wish will be done for us.
That is such a powerful statement and it can seem counter to what we experience when our prayers go unanswered. James said, “You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:2b-3
Sometimes we think that God will give us what we want, even though we do not spend time with Him in prayer. Prayer is a conversation with God and when you have a relationship with someone you talk with him or her. If we do not spend time talking with God – and listening – how will we know His will? God is our Creator, Designer, Master, and loving heavenly Father. He loves us more than we can understand, and actually knows much more than we ever will know what we need, and what paths we should take.
Sarah made the Hall of Faith in the Book of Hebrews chapter 11. She chose to ultimately believe God that He could cause her to conceive “the promised child” even though she was barren and long past child-bearing age.
Sarah was not perfect; she doubted at times and tried to control things by having Hagar birth a child for Abraham. However at some point of her walk with God, Sarah heard God say that she would have the promised child, Isaac. Her faith was no longer dependent on what Abraham heard. A shift happened in her believing. Sarah came to a place where she released control and chose to relax and trust God for herself. She enjoyed her husband and during this time she conceived Isaac, whose descendants became as numerous as the sands on the seashore.
Isaiah 54 also makes mention of Sarah. He tells the “barren woman” to sing and to enlarge the place of her dwelling, to lengthen and strengthen her tent pegs in preparation for her growing family. This is how we operate in faith. Once we believe the promise, we can in faith begin to enlarge our capacity to receive it.
So as we seek Jesus daily, our relationship with him will grow in intimacy. As our relationship grows so will our faith. As we spend time in prayer daily, we will see the faithfulness of God time after time in our lives. Know that His plans for you are to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11-13). So begin to make the room necessary in your life to receive the increase; and rest in and rely on our infallible infinite God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can hope, think, or ask (Ephesians 3:20).
The key here – in my view – is to always keep Christ as the most important treasure in our hearts – and not allow the promises or things we desire to become more important to us than He is. I believe we need to hold all things but Jesus very loosely in our hands. We can seek His will above our own and pray for Him to change our desires to match His own. As we sacrifice our will to His, we live in true submission to His Lordship. This is what it means to die to self. We can trust His sovereignty to work out all things for our ultimate good and His glory. Those things must be our goals, not our own desires.
Thanks for this reminder to wait and trust and seek God above all else. 🙂