This week’s 5 minute Friday topic is expectation:
whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
(Matthew 21:22 ESV)
I should expect answers when I pray. It would be a lie to say I always do.
Perhaps this is why I pray non-specific prayers in front of my kids, prayers which could be answered by imperceptible progress so it is harder to say definitively whether the answer has been given or not?
Why such difficulty in believing that God will give me what I ask for in prayer? Logically I know it doesn’t depend upon how well I pray, whether I select the right words, or even if I get the theology exactly correct. God, the big powerful One, He gives the answers – it all depends on Him, not me.
Jesus told us what we need in order to receive what we ask for: faith.
Faith, the same stuff which got me saved. I have no problem trusting God for my salvation, my ever-present weakness helps me to be always trusting in Christ not myself. Surely this is what He was saying about praying, ask in faith based on who Jesus is and have an expectation that He who knows all I need and ask for will give it to me.
Check out this great blog post about this very topic: Why do healings and stuff happen there and not here?