These past couple of days, I’ve been learning about a new kind of prayer. Maybe it’s not that it’s a “new kind,” but rather, this type of prayer has motives other than beseeching God’s goodness and mercy. What’s this type of prayer?
Prayer of Expectation.
This prayer is portrayed in Mark 11:22-24. Here’s what that passage of scripture says:
“And Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God.
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’
and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass,
it will be done for him.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it,
and it will be yours.’ “
When I was a little girl and read this passage, I thought that if I squeezed my eyes and clasped my hands hard enough, the horse I had always prayed for would be standing in the living room next to our shiny tree at Christmas time. Seeing as how I still dream of owning a horse, that Christmas wish and heartfelt prayer of my childhood did not come true. What did ensue from this though, was learning what it is that we can expect from the Lord.
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.” Can you believe that?! How incredible of a promise is that! The Lord will not only GIVE AN EAR to hear you ramble about your business plan, but He himself will mix up the Quick-crete concrete, lay the foundation, and get you to make a handprint in the concrete establishment of your plans next to His hand. When we commit our plans to God, He promises us that He will establish those plans for His greater purpose.
What does that mean for us?
We can EXPECT God to fulfill His promises for us.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,
for the those who are called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28
“God is not man that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” -Numbers 23:19
“And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken,
I will do,
for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” -Exodus 33:17
“O Lord, how manifold (many/various) are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.” -Psalm 105:24
Reader, you are one of His creatures. Claim that blessing; trust His goodness and believe. Today, pray with expectation…