“There is the God we want and the God that is. Rarely are they the same.” – Patrick Morley
I have come to learn that God doesn’t bless things, he blesses his people. I look back now at a prayer life that usually was full of requests for things, not for people. I prayed for the tangible while God works in the intangible. I wonder why I don’t get the answers I want and have found it is usually because I am looking in the wrong place.
I don’t know how to answer the people who say they prayed for a close parking spot at Walmart and got one. I don’t know how to answer the people who say they prayed for a successful business and got it. I don’t know how to answer people who pray for tangible results and believe they get them. I certainly am careful when I respond to people who pray for tangible things and don’t get them.
I have been guilty of praying to the God I want. The God who will give me the “things” I want. I have avoided praying God to show me who I am. I have failed to pray for a clean and pure heart. I have seldom prayed to see the world as God sees the world.
Who knows what I would get if I prayed more diligently for God to reshape me in His image. What if I prayed to enjoy the wilderness experience? What if I prayed for God to do in me what he did in Moses. In Joseph. In Jesus. Do I really want to spend my life out of place, wandering in the desert? Do I really want to be sold into slavery or imprisoned? Do I really want to be ridiculed and sacrificed? Not hardly.
Oh Lord, gently break me and with favor, rebuild me.
Grace and peace.