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.
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 it’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)…the list goes on and on.
So when I decided to sell some of my belonging in order to fund more traveling, I didn’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 aren’t. One day in particular, I began to pray. And just so you know, at this point I’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:
Wow God, that’s one heck of a promise.
I know that I am a daughter of the one true King (2 Corinthians 6:18). 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 don’t understand. Do you like to seee me beg, God?
Note: 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.
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 don’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? So I began to pray and asked why. I knew God was teaching me something, but I just didn’t know what. I didn’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 didn’t know the definition off the top of my head.
Fervent: having or displaying a passionate intensity.
And then I was reminded of a bible verse from James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”.
Huh…interesting. Maybe God doesn’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.
I don’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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