“The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and you give them their food in dues season. 16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
1 John 5:14
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us.”
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
How do we approach God? If we are students of scripture, we are told over, and over that God is Sovereign and in control of all things at all times. We are reassured that he hears our prayers and he answers them. Yet, still, we go with an almost worried, anxious, will he mentality.
In Psalm 145:15, we see where God has said that “he will them their food at the proper time.” God knows your every need, and He alone knows when the “right time” to answer is. We as his children have access to the Father through Jesus every second of every day. He who is faithful, knows what we need before we even ask, but like spoiled children when we ask, we want it yesterday, am I right? We do not want to wait for that proper time, the time that God sees we will need whatever it is the most. I have said it before, we want a microwave life and microwave prayers. The faster the better. But see God loves us enough to let us wait, to trust, to remember who he is and that he is in control. God’s word tells us He never comes/acts too soon or too late, God is always right on time!
Jeremiah 29:11 says this: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Some translations end it with this: “to give you a future and a hope.” God has you on His mind, Jesus is interceding for us, and with every prayer, we utter whether with just deep sighs or with words or through tears, Jesus, speaks to the Father on our behalf.
So, knowing that God’s timing for all things is perfect, why are we worried, why be anxious? The next verse we read is Psalm 145:16, which tells us: “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” Do you remember how God knows even when a sparrow falls to the ground, well, not only is he aware of that sparrow, but every living thing on this earth. Whatever the desire or need, God has it! And at the proper time will bring whatever it is to pass. He is on it, He has got it!
We read in Philippians 4:19 how he supplies (all) our needs, not just some of them. In 1 John 5:14 we are told that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. But, how do we know his will? If you are fully surrendered to the Lord, walking with him in a relationship, seeking him daily in prayer, reading his word, full of the Holy Spirit, you will know his will, the Spirit will speak it into your mind and soul, and help you to discern it. As we pray through things our minds, hearts, and souls are molded into the place God wants us. Often it takes time, as we seek, He reveals, as we wait, our faith becomes stronger, more laser focused.
Lastly, we read in James 1:17, that, “all good and perfect gift from above, from the Father of lights.” I want what God considers good and perfect in my life, not what my deceptive heart thinks is good and perfect. And sometimes when we receive these perfect gifts, they do not feel that way. Often the greatest gift we receive from God is a hard path, a season of pain and hurt because God is growing something deeper and eternal in us that could come no other way. His love acts in ways that are always for our good and glory.
I don’t know what it is you are praying about/for. But I do know God has a time that is perfect to bring whatever it is to pass, in a way that He alone receives the glory, and at the “proper time.” So, in closing, I say this to my friends: “keep praying and seeking, keep telling Him all about it, wait patiently knowing God has heard, and He will answer. Read his word, so that you will be reminded of his faithfulness, and rejoice knowing that Jesus is interceding for you at all times, and submit your will to his.”