We’re told several times in the Bible to ask God for our needs and desires. But sometimes it seems selfish to ask for ourselves. After all, isn’t it better to give than to receive? To each other, yes. But what can we give to God that He doesn’t already have? Only ourselves. Our love. Our loyalty.
And what if we ask for the wrong thing? We pray for what we think we need, but He knows our heart, and what’s right for us. God asked me what I really wanted one day when I prayed it wouldn’t snow. If He withheld the snow, but my kids got in an accident, would that be my answer? No. I wanted safe travel for my family, and I saw the snow as a threat. Sometimes I ask for circumstances to change in order to achieve a desired result, when if I asked for the result itself and let God handle the doing of it, the end would be far superior.
It’s human nature to want all obstacles to our success removed, and have smooth sailing. If we did though, it wouldn’t make us happy for long, and we would become spoiled brats. We need obstacles to stretch our faith, and to keep us from thinking we have all the answers. We think if we could just understand, we would be happy. But wouldn’t it only make us more judgmental of each other?
God never said He would give us every earthly desire. He said desire heavenly things, and He would take care of our earthly ones. It’s okay to ask. And if you don’t get it right away, don’t think you were wrong to go there. Just trust Him to take care of His business.
And we are His business.