Have you ever said a prayer pleading to God to just answer this one prayer, and you will be more faithful and pray more often? God answers so many of my prayers. There have been times that I have pleaded with God to answer my prayer. More than once. It is a tough place to be. You want God to answer your prayer, but you are not sure if God answer it. I have learned that my walk with God is not a desperate plea. It is a journey everyday. Instead of praying for what I want, I have to let go and trust that God is going to give me more than I need.
In the past, I have wanted to control every aspect of my life. If was as if I thought I knew better than God. It was stressful. Teeth grinding stressful. I was anxious. I was nervous. I was uncertain about everything. Any negative remark would through me off in a frenzy of doubts.
One day, I had to decide. I could let go, believe in God and trust that God was going to take care of everything. Or, I could keep trying to do everything myself, which was not working. I had no idea what the other side looked like. I didn’t know how trusting in God would change my life. Trusting in God is the secret to being happy. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have problems or worries. God just carries me through them.
When I let go of controlling my life, I trusted in God. I found that God answers all these prayers, before I knew what I wanted or needed. I see new mercies each day. Instead of focusing on everything that is wrong or what I do not have, I thank God for all he has done for me. It is a new world. It is peaceful, calm and happy. When I start to feel worries and doubts creeping into my head. I start praying, “Oh Lord, rebuke Satan from me.” I say this prayer, so God will stop Satan from attacking me with doubts and fears. Only God can stop Satan.
In the bible, people ask Jesus, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” It is much like how I used to pray and plead God to answer me prayers. We want proof. We want what we want. God doesn’t need to prove anything to us. God doesn’t need to show us anything. God loves us, so he does.
Jesus answered the people, “I did tell you, but you do not believe.” Has that ever happened to you? You pray. God answers your prayer, and you say maybe it was just a coincidence. It is not a coincidence. You chose not to believe.
The works that Jesus did showed that he was the son of God. Jesus tells the people questioning him that they are not his sheep. They do not follow Jesus. This is the whole trusting in God concept. When you seek God, read the bible, pray, you become a follower of God. You become one of his sheep. God’s sheep can hear him. The whispers of danger. The fulfillment of joy. The calmness of peace. The more you seek and follow God, the more God leads you. Life becomes so much smoother, when you follow God’s lead. Jesus said that his followers will never be snatched out of his hands. We will be protected and loved. Then, there is the big hope of eternal life in heaven. Jesus says, “The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Jesus says that he is the son of God. We are their sheep, and no one can snatch one of us from God’s hands. Jesus and God are one.
Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims
Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
–John 10:22-30 New International Version (NIV)
I have been someone who pleads to God for what I want. Even when I got it, it was not as fulfilling, as I thought it would be. The most fulfilling part of my life is seeking God. It fills this place inside of my soul. That place that can be empty and dark. God is the light that fills me up. The more I seek God, I realize there is no need to worry so much. God answers my prayers. God warns me of danger. I have to trust that God has my life all worked out. God makes my life rich. God gives me peace, joy and contentment. Trusting in God is the secret to being happy.