Trusting God with the Outcome

Believe
in God’s miraculous power and trust in His will.

   
The power of prayer and
the sovereignty of God are indisputable. God is God, and declaring so helps us
to recognize that He governs all things. Who is to say what God can do? When we
believe—with all our heart, soul and strength—and trust God with the outcome,
His will is done and miracles occur. 
 Though
God can, has and does perform miracles without our help, He tells us to ask and
we shall receive. So we have a tendency to pray selfishly, seeking only what we
want, and base God’s goodness on His answers. God promises to provide what we
need, the desires of our hearts, but our prayers often seek what we want.
Imagine if God always said “Yes!” to everything.

In
the movie, Bruce Almighty, starring Jim Carrey, God
bestows His power onto Bruce. However, with this power comes numerous prayer
requests. Instead of considering each one, Bruce hits Reply All and answers “Yes.” It doesn’t work out very well. What if God had said
“Yes” to Jesus when he asked not to endure the suffering of the cross? Our
reconciliation with God would no longer exist and we would have to pay the
wages of our sin. It can be very difficult to accept God’s answer to our
prayers, but, when you pray, trust that God’s answer — whether yes or no — is
in line with His will.

Should
you pray for miracles then? Yes, absolutely! Pray for healing from    terminal illness. Pray for God to open each
person’s eyes to His glory. Pray for the Red Sea to part again, or for the deaf
to hear and the blind to see. Regardless of His answer, God’s love for you
never fails. 
God knows
the desires of our hearts and, when we pray, He wants nothing more than to
grant us those desires. However, God’s plan is much bigger than any one person.
Even Jesus prayed earnestly to avoid suffering, but he trusted God with the
outcome.
Matthew 26:39 (New Living Translation)
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face
to the ground, praying, 
“My  Father! If it is possible,
let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be
done, not mine.”
God’s
plan for you is so much more than you can fathom. Though at times it may seem
that He only intends for you to suffer, God’s love for you is great. What
happens when we trust in God and demonstrate our love for Him?
Romans 8:28 (New Living Translation)
And we know that God causes everything to work
together for the good of those who love God and are called according to
his purpose for them.

 
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Sandra D. Bricker is a best-selling and award-winning author of laugh-out-loud romantic comedy for the Christian market. Her most popular series (that started with Always the Baker Never the Bride) will conclude this spring with Always the Baker FINALLY the Bride, which is now available for pre-order at Amazon.

Sandie leads a team of writers in creating the Living It Out daily Bible study for CedarCreek Church.
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