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Why is it that when I need something really badly, and itís something good, and God knows I need itóHe waits so long to give it to me?

Steve Answers:

Why does God wait so long? Several possible scenarios come to mind:

1. God doesn’t really care about speed or timing.

2. God thinks it’s better for you to wait.

3. God would like to give you what you asked for faster, but for some reason He isn’t able to pull it off.

4. God operates on a different time-table than you do.

5. Other:_____________________

A few Bible texts come to mind, also. Check these out:

"I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!" (Isaiah 65:24, NLT).*

"Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock. Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? Or would you give him a snake when he asks for a fish? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:7-11, TEV).†

"This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!" (John 16:23, 24, Message).‡

"You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can’t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it. And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure" (James 4:2, 3, NLT).

When I consider your question and then read these passages of Scripture, I’m left wondering why praying doesn’t seem to work for you. Then I realize that it doesn’t always seem to work for me, either. I don’t always get what

I want from God when I want it–money, friends, power, prestige–all kinds of good things.

My prayer life reveals how shallow and selfish I am. But after God listens to my requests, He’s eager to change my heart and desires so that I start praying for the things He desires for me.

If you don’t have a clue what those things might be for you, try praying the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Try praying these portions of each of these three chapters:

Matthew 5:3-12–ask God to make you poor, sad, humble, eager to do what’s right, full of mercy for others, pure on the inside, a peacemaker, and then to be treated unfairly to the point of being persecuted. If that isn’t enough, jump to verses 44-48.

Matthew 6:9-13–ask God just to answer these items.

Matthew 7:12–start doing it as much and as fast as you can.

Praying this way won’t be easy. Few worthwhile things are. But I’m discovering that prayer includes asking God for what we want; but it’s more about asking God to change us for good than merely to satisfy us for the short term. 

*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

†Bible texts credited to TEV are from the Good News Bible–New Testament: Copyright © American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.

‡Texts credited to Message are from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

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