How many times have you come to the Lord in prayer knowing exactly what miracle you think you want performed in your life? Sometimes, instead of praying for the Lord to do His will in our lives, we pray thinking we know precisely what we want Him to do. I am guilty of it, and perhaps you are too. I pray and ask God to provide me with what I want; I sometimes pray to ask Him to perform the miracles that my human mind presumes would be most beneficial. But what I have learned is that I need to allow God to do His will, because it is astronomically better than anything I could ever desire for myself!
The last couple of months have been difficult ones for my family. We have endured many trials and tribulations, both big and small. Although it wouldn’t seem like it on the outside, we have slowly seen our lives fall apart. The difficulties were not only in our home, but also in our personal lives. Health, emotional, and spiritual afflictions tormented our home. During the problems we encountered, we often asked God why our lives seemed to continually worsen. We would pray to ask for miracles to improve the situations arising in our home. In our family prayers, in my personal prayers, I constantly asked for the miracles I wanted to see…with very little thought to what God might want to do.
God was using every heart-wrenching situation to create an spirit in my heart, and the hearts of those in my family. I was asking God to provide us with many miracles, but He knew the miracle I needed. He knew the miracle my family needed. He knew that our hearts needed a miracle that would transform our perspective and focus.
One night, as a family, we knelt to pray. We placed special emphasis on asking the Lord to do His will in our lives. We finally surrendered full control of our situation and allowed the Prince of Peace the space He needed to work in our lives. The next morning, our problems were still the same, but our spirits were full of joy and peace. God had completely transformed our hearts! From that day on, my family has not been the same. Our love has grown, we have found peace in the middle of adversity. We have found unfailing joy in Christ. The Lord performed a miracle in our lives that was far more valuable than any of the things we had ever asked for: He changed our hearts. The miracle He performed in my life was one I never thought to be possible. In my wildest dreams I would have never dreamed of the peace and joy that I find in my home today.
Call to Action
Miracles don’t always look how we expect them to. God doesn’t always provide us with the miracles we believe we need or deserve. In His all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful nature He gives us what He knows will best benefit our lives. My prayer can never be the same. I believe in His power, I believe in His judgment, I believe that everything that He does in my life will be for my betterment, so I will let Him work. I will let His will be done. I will no longer place parameters or caveats. I will not tell the Lord what to do. I will just let His will be done. And today, I would like to invite you to do the same. Place your complete faith in the Lord, and allow Him to work the wondrous miracles that He knows you need.
All scripture taken from the King James Version.