I’ve had several personal requests before the Lord lately. There are three specifically that God dealt with me about this week. 1) I want to be financially comfortable to the point that I am able to sow into other people and also help others in need 2) I want a challenge in my professional life 3) I want the Lord to continue to keep me content in my season of singleness but PLEASE LORD PLEASE, only let it be a SEASON!! My greatest desire is to be a wife and mother.
“…Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)
God has really been dealing with me this week on these requests in particular. First, I got a call from an acquaintance. He was telling me about his latest financial shortcoming and I found myself rolling my eyes on the phone and thinking, Lord please don’t let him ask me for no money! RIGHT THERE, it hit me “Is this what I REALLY want?”
Second, I facilitated a professional development workshop and the saying is true that teachers are the WORST students! Again in my mind I said, “Oh they can have this foolishness!” RIGHT THERE again…“Is this what I REALLY want?”
Third, my married Godsister and I were talking and somehow we got on the subject of marriage. She gave me a PROFOUND analogy of the reality of marriage. That thing FLOORED me and when I got off the phone AGAIN…”Is this what I REALLY want?”
We have a habit of making requests to God and then having in our minds exactly how we want the answered prayer to look. I want to personally like everyone God uses me to bless. I don’t want to have to deal with the challenge of trying to motivate my colleagues; I want a challenge that I can achieve without having to deal with them. Oh and yes, I want a husband and children but I don’t want to have to sacrifice anything or change my ways and habits. We must understand God does NOT operate this way!
“…from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked…” (Luke 12:48b)
Much what? More of what you ask? More PRAYER, More FASTING, More GRACE, More MERCY, More GIVING, More WARFARE!!!! So for those of you who have requests before God I ask, “Is this what you REALLY want?”
Thank You for granting me the privilege of making my requests known to You. Help me submit to Your will even as I present the desires of my heart to You. Give me wisdom, peace, and strength knowing that, “…You know the way that I take and when You have tested me, I will come forth as gold…” (Job 23:10 NIV) In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to TALK TO YOUR HEAVENLY DADDY!! Thank Him for all that He’s done, who He is, and who He has been in your life, but also BE HONEST with Him and make your requests known to Him. But remember, “…To whom much is given, much is required..” (Philippians 4:6 KJV) and really ask yourself, “Is this what I REALLY want. Am I ready for what I’m asking for? “ I pray that your answer will be YES!!
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Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.