We have been talking about how there are things that we desire. Things that we might believe to be impossible when it comes to our human capability of achieving. However, we have also talked about how there is a God bigger than all of our desires that can make anything possible. Not just “a God”, but “The One True God, Jesus Christ”. We have learned these past few weeks that we can take the initiative in surrendering our desires and impossibilities to God and believe that He can make our dreams a reality in a way we never thought possible.
Maybe some of you started this process long before we started this series. You have been praying for weeks, months, or even years for these desires to come to pass. You have been desperately waiting for God to pull through. It has almost come to the point where you are tired and just want to give up the fight. Or maybe you are ready to just give in and go back to your old habits. After all, isn’t that just easier? Maybe you are praying for healing and the healing hasn’t come. Maybe you are praying for the salvation of a loved family member or friend and they still haven’t seen the glory of God for what it is. Or maybe you have a dream that you have been waiting to come to pass, but it feels like you are just taking steps backward instead of forward.
We have all been there. We cry out to God and give Him our everything. We trust Him with the situation, but when we see that nothing is happening we begin to worry and doubt God. We fear that what we are praying for might not ever come to pass. We begin to lose hope. We begin to lose the joy that we found in Christ when He carried our burdens in the past, because now, we ourselves are burdened. We begin to slide into a depressed state because we are now broken and hurt over the things that still haven’t come to fruition. We may even begin to resent or have a bitter taste towards God.
We look around and see all of our friends getting their prayers answered (or so it appears). We see the blessings just flowing right from the heart of God and into their lives, but our blessing pool is barren. We become jealous of our close friends and family and may even covet what they have… we wish we had the blessings they are so freely receiving. This attitude leads to the wrong mindset of: “God favors certain people, but not others (me)”. Or maybe it just makes you think that these friends and family members are better Christians than you. What is it that I’m doing wrong? Do I not have enough faith to believe? Have I sinned and don’t know it? Or maybe we think they are just better prayer warriors when it comes to asking God for things they desire to have. You see, their blessings as rewards for their great works they do for Christ. This type of thinking will leave you broken.
But let me tell you friends, this is not something that we need to let become a problem in our lives. We do not need to let ourselves be troubled by unanswered prayer. First, if God doesn’t answer one of our desires in a certain allotted time frame we need to realize that He has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11) and that He works in HIS time, not ours (Ephesians 1:10). Secondly, if God does not answer our prayers we can rest in confidence that He desires His perfect will in our lives, not our finite will that changes like the seasons. God has stored up for us dreams and desires that are so much better; dreams that will cause us to flourish and prosper.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” – Jeremiah 29.11-12
God hears our prayers. Make no mistake about it. God also knows what He has planned for our lives and knew those plans before we were even formed in our Mother’s womb (Psalm 139). We need to also remember that there isn’t one Christian that is better than us because they worship God more or pray better. We have all fallen short of the benchmark God sets for us (His Holy standard)… in other words, we all sin (Romans 3.23). Also, Galatians 2 tells us that we are not saved by our works. So don’t fall into that trap or the trap of comparison.
You see friends, we have all found ourselves, at one point or another, barren of blessings, broken inside, and burdened by unfulfilled desires. Are you going to let that stop you from thinking that God can still make your dreams a reality? Are we going to turn away in bitterness towards the Lord? No. That is the complete opposite of what we need to do.
We need to continue to cry out to the Lord. He knows our hearts and He knows our desires. Hope is not lost. Through the death of our Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, we are given hope. We are given promises and blessing. We are given a rich inheritance! Do not lose hope my friends. Do not let the enemy drag you down because of an unanswered prayer. Be still and know that He is God and know that God can work all things to the good of those that love Him (Romans 8:28).
Press in. The blessing will come out of the struggle. Fall on your knees and cry out to God. Let Him take away the feelings of brokenness and the burdens you have pulled upon yourself. He will meet you there, my friend. Listen to Pastor Aaron’s “Believe For Greater Things: Barrenness to Blessing” and learn about a woman named Hannah from the Old Testament that went through the same thing. Be inspired by how she used the barrenness, brokenness, and burdens of her life and cried out to God to receive the greater thing… God’s Rich Blessing!