Prayers, preparation and positioning.

What prayers are you praying? Better yet, are you prepared to receive and manage the things in which you’re praying for. The majority of people will anxiously throw up their hands and shout, “Yes, I’m ready,” but in all truth and honesty, you’re not truly ready until you’re prepared. You wouldn’t trust a random person to give you a root canal, unless, that random person has been trained, experienced and certified a dentist… You see, this person has the right criteria. You wouldn’t trust a random person on the street with the word Bank on their t-shirt, to manage your money. Why? Because they’re just a random person on the street. You want a bank with a name you can trust, in a building, and FDIC insured. Again… they have the right criteria. So, let me ask you a question… If it makes sense for you to do business with people with the right criteria (certifications, experience, quality products, etc.), would it make sense for the God who knows your beginning to your end, to give you something that you are not prepared for? No! It doesn’t mean, you’ll never receive what you’re praying for, it just means, in God’s perfect timing and it also depends on what you’re doing while you’re waiting. Luke 11:28, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Saints, receiving the desires of your heart will require your obedience which basically boils down to your faith, which is your trust and belief in God and who He is. Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please God; for he that comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.” I might step on some toes but, why pray for something that you don’t have the faith for? Better yet, why would God give you something that you don’t have the faith for. If obedience falls under faith, and you’re not obedient… then I hate to break it to you, but you don’t have the faith. You’re trusting in your own strength, power and understanding, not God’s. The crazy thing is, we know when some things are out of our control, and we do the right thing and ask for God’s assistance, but instead of having faith in what He has said, we take matters into our own hands. We figure, maybe we heard God wrong, maybe He forgot or maybe He’s mad at us. Well my good people, Numbers 23:19-20 says, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.” God will do just what He said, people. You’re not praying the wrong prayers, but make sure that you’re prepared for what you’re praying for. Make sure that you’re obedient to whatever He has called you to do, because your obedience prepares you for the position. You can’t be positioned to be a doctor, without the college education, experience and degrees that states you’re qualified to practice medicine. Many of the prayers we pray, works the same way. They haven’t gone unanswered. God has answered them, but we must put our faith into action and show Him that we trust Him and that we believe Him for the things in which we are praying for. We are going to wait, but we must work towards what we want while we wait? How? By being obedient to the task at hand. (Education) Figuratively speaking. Going through this “educational season” if you would, is not always a joyful experience, but you go through it because you know the pay off is worth it. There’s a lot of mistakes and lessons to be learned, but you obtain wisdom. You pass the test and you apply what you’ve learned to the next season of your life. The key is hanging in there. You’re going to get tired, but keep going. The next season is your experience season, where you’re walking in the wisdom that God has given you, during your educational season. You’re passing tests left and right. You’re walking in your calling. The next thing you know, God has positioned you. That prayer has been answered, but boy, oh boy, was it a process! But in the end, it was all worth it. You see that it was all purposed, and it all worked for your good. So, be encouraged my good people. Keep the faith. There’s a purpose in the wait. God doesn’t want you to be only a receiver of the blessing, but He wants you to be a keeper of the blessing, and that requires preparation.

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