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Does God Want Us to Beg?

February 20, 2017
White Sands, New Mexico - Does God Want Us to Beg

Have you ever felt that in order for God to move in your life, you have to beg? Could that possibly be how he wants us to pray to him? Surely not. During an exhausting series of prayer requests, God revealed something interesting around this area.ย 

 

White Sands - Does God Want Us to Beg

 

Does God Want Us to Beg?

 

I have come to the point in my walk with God, that I pray about anything and everything. Sometimes itโ€™s less of a prayer, and more of a conversation (albeit typically one-sided). But I pray for God to help me stay motivated to work out, to be patient with my boss, to keep my cat from waking me up in the mornings (yes, really)โ€ฆthe list goes on and on.

 

So when I decided to sell some of my belonging in order to fund more traveling, I didnโ€™t even hesitate to pray for God to bless it. And naturally, for it to sell at the price point I am wanting.

 

About 2 months go by, and although I am praying daily for my items to sell, they just arenโ€™t. One day in particular, I began to pray. And just so you know, at this point Iโ€™m exhausted from praying circles around this area. I begin to feel like a broken record. And am honestly feeling a bit annoyed my prayers are not being answered. Know the feeling?

 

I mean, the Bible does say a thing or two about answering our prayers:ย 

 

โ€œDo not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to Godโ€ ย 

(Philippians 4:6)

 

โ€œIf you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.โ€

(John 15:7)

 

Wow God, thatโ€™s one heck of a promise.

 

I know that I am a daughter of the one true King (2 Corinthians 6:18).ย But as I pray, I begin to feel less like royalty, and more like a beggar. Coming to the feet of the Lord, begging for my wishes to be granted.

 

And as I think about this, I begin to feel a bit angry. Why do I have to beg God for my prayers to be answered? Why do I have to get to the point of desperation, for Heaven to move in my favor?

 

And this is exactly what I prayed to God. WHY!? I just donโ€™t understand. Do you like to seee me beg, God?

 

Note:ย It is okay to be frustrated with God. And it’s also okay to express that frustration to him. These are called Lamentations. But when you cry out to the Lord, it’s important to end with a resounding faith and trust in him, regardless of the outcome.ย 

 

So I ended my prayer saying, regardless of if my prayer was answered or not, I loved Him. And I always would. But I just donโ€™t understand.

 

Well a few hours later, I arrive at work and check my email. My eyes pop open when I see an email in my inbox, inquiring about the most expensive item I was trying to sell. And to make things even more bizzaire, the email was sent at the same time I was praying. After a few back and forth emails, I ended up selling the item that day. BOOM. Just like that. After months of trying to sell it, it just, sold.

 

It was clear to me that God had answered my prayer. And more than just that, he was trying to tell me something. I was beyond grateful my item sold, but something still lingered in the back of my mind. Why this prayer? Why did he answer this prayer, versus the countless others? Did I have to complain? Did I have to beg?ย So I began to pray and asked why. I knew God was teaching me something, but I just didnโ€™t know what. I didnโ€™t get it.

 

Fast forward to a week later. It was still on my mind, and at last, I finally received an answer. God placed the word fervent in my head. I immediately googled it because I honestly didnโ€™t know the definition off the top of my head.

 

Fervent: having or displaying a passionate intensity.

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Fervent - James 5:16 - Does God Want Us to Beg

 

And then I was reminded of a bible verse from James 5:16, โ€œThe effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth muchโ€.

 

Huhโ€ฆinteresting. Maybe God doesnโ€™t want us to beg, but maybe he does want us to show passion in our prayers. Was that what was lacking? Do I need to display a more passionate prayer life?

 

Prayer is an interesting thing. Prayer moves mountains, and it moves God.

 

Prayer moves mountains - Matthew 17:20 - Does God Want Us to Beg

 

I donโ€™t profess to know everything about prayer, but I sure know one thing: the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man (or woman!) does availeth much!

 

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Have you ever felt like God wanted you to beg? Love to know in the comments below!

 

TIFFANY NICOLE

Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

  • Noelle
    March 7, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Great reflective post. I’ve always believed in prayer – things tend to have always worked out much better when I reflected and prayed on them.
    Also – I’m glad you were able to sell your item to fund more travel ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Tiffany Nicole
      Tiffany Nicole
      March 16, 2017 at 11:12 am

      They do! And thank you…can’t wait to travel more! <3

  • Jennifer Underwood
    November 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you! I needed this post. I pray fervently a lot, and do notice the passionate ones get answered more. Sometimes though, no. I pray hard for a close friend of mine who gets worse every day.

    • TIFFANY NICOLE
      TIFFANY NICOLE
      November 22, 2017 at 5:30 am

      I am so happy this post helped you! That’s amazing you have noticed the same thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not all of my prayers are answered either, even though I feel I am being passionate. But keep praying for your friend, she is lucky to have a friend like you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AK
    December 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Such great words Big! It’s something we all definitely need to remember from time to time when praying, especially on the tough days.

    Love!

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