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prayingI was reading a devotional online this morning and this poem struck a string in my heart.

Probably because, consciously or not, sometimes I’m guilty of asking God to grant me this and that without first seeking His will for me. Now I know His answers and His ways are always better than mine.

I hope you, the readers of this post, would also find the answers to your unspoken questions as to why God is not giving you what you’re asking Him or perhaps why He’s giving you what you’re not asking for. ^^* Remember, He knows BETTER than us.

I Asked God

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life…
God said, “Rather, I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.”
I asked God to give me wisdom…
God said, “Rather, I will give you problems to solve so you may become wise.”
I asked God to give me strength…
God said, “Rather, I will give you difficulties to make you strong.”
I asked God to give me courage…
God said, “Rather, I will give you danger to overcome.”
I asked God to give me prosperity…
God said, “Rather, I will reward you with the fruits of your labor.”
I asked God to take away my pain…
God said, “Rather, It is not for me to take it away, but for you to give it up.”
I asked God to spare me pain…
God said, “Rather, Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and draws you closer to me.”
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole…
God said, “Rather, the child’s spirit is whole, and it’s body is only temporary.”
I asked God to grant me patience…
God said, “Rather, patience isn’t granted, it’s learned through tribulation.”
I asked God to give me happiness…
God said, “Rather, I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.”
I asked God to give me favors…
God said, “Rather, I will give you choices.”
I asked God to make my spirit grow…
God said, “Rather, your faith will give you growth, and I will prune you to make you fruitful.”
I asked God to give me love…
God said, “Rather, I will send to you those in need for you to give your love to.”
I asked God to help me love others, as much as He loves me…
God said, “Now you understand! Your love will shine through as you fulfill My Law.”

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9

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