Have you ever told God how you think that He should do things? Or how He should answer your prayer?
Have you ever bombarded heaven with a list of things that you needed? Or given God a deadline?
I know I have. In recent months, I have been upset with God.
A few years ago, a close loved one met a man. I knew something was off with him, but I was helpless to stop her from marrying him.
I prayed, prayed, and prayed some more. I even shared my doubts with this woman. All to no avail.
Now she is going through the process of getting the marriage annulled. During this time, I caught myself saying, “God, if You would have just listened to me…”
I don’t know why God chose to do things this particular way. I don’t understand it. But who am I to tell God what to do?
As believers, we spent a lot more time thinking of ourselves than about God or other people. We think that God is a vending machine or that He is a piano player at the local jazz club that takes requests.
God is God. We cannot change His mind. We cannot influence His decisions through manipulation or tears. God isn’t moved by our tears. He is moved by our faith.
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality–faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to our senses. (Hebrews 11:1 AMP).
To make this even plainer, faith equals God’s Word. If we believe what God’s Word says about a situation over that of our senses–what we see and what we hear–we have faith.
And faith moves God. Not our lists. Not our needs. Not our works. No, when we have faith, God moves on our behalf.
Remember the lady with the issue of blood? Jesus told her, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole” (Mark 5:34).
Her faith in Jesus’ words made her whole.
Just like the lady with the issue of blood, if we will agree with God’s Word and believe it, our faith will make us whole too.
It is when we believe that we will receive.