Keep praying for what you want

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - Dayna Spence Ask the Chap­lain is writ­ten by Rev. Dayna Spence, an or­dained min­is­ter, li­censed evan­ge­list, and chap­lain who’s served as a hos­pi­tal chap­lain and is cur­rently serv­ing as a hospice chap­lain Ch­ester County area. Please email “Ask the Chap­lain”

DEAR CHAP­LAIN>> I’m praying to get a spe­cific job, that’s lo­cated close enough that I can rea­son­ably drive to it, and that falls within the salary range I want. I am get­ting job of­fers that meet some of the things I’m praying for but not all of them. Do I wait on the one that meets all of my needs or do I take one of the jobs I was of­fered? I just want to make sure I’m mak­ing the right de­ci­sion. I’m cur­rently work­ing so I’m not in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion. Just praying for the ideal job to meet my long term goals. Signed, Praying for Se­lec­tion

DEAR PRAYING FOR SE­LEC­TION>> Thank you for your ques­tion. First let me say it’s a good thing to pray and ask God to help us with di­rec­tion and se­lec­tion. So many peo­ple don’t pray for them­selves be­cause they think it’s self­ish or they don’t want to bother God. This couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth. God wants us to de­pend on him like we’re lit­tle chil­dren (Matt 18:3). He wants us to come to him with our ev­ery need and de­sire. In fact, the more we come to him, the more we de­pend on him, the deeper our re­la­tion­ship grows with him. God wants us to talk with him like a friend, be­ing as spe­cific as pos­si­ble be­cause he wants to give us the de­sires of our hearts (Ps 37:4; Ps 20:4). He wants to an­swer our prayers in de­tail be­cause that’s one of the ways he re­veals him­self to us. God doesn’t give us part of a bless­ing. He doesn’t give us half of a car, the top of a house, or a por­tion of a spouse. When God blesses us with a gift, he gives us the whole en­chi­lada...and then some. Proverbs 10:22 says, “The bless­ing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he ad­deth no sor­row with it.” Han­nah in the Bi­ble couldn’t have chil­dren for years. She prayed her heart out in the tem­ple. She prayed she and her hus­band would have a child, born of her womb, and that her child would be male. Not only did God an­swer ex­actly what she wanted, but her son be­came the well known prophet Sa­muel, and the Lord blessed her with other chil­dren as well. In Egypt, the chil­dren of Is­rael prayed for de­liv­er­ance. Years later, not only did God make a path for them straight through the Red Sea, but their op­pres­sors gave them gold and riches when they set them free. When God blesses, he blesses us com­pletely, noth­ing miss­ing noth­ing bro­ken. I en­cour­age you to keep praying for what you want, and wait on the Lord, he wants to give you all of the de­sires of your heart. And know that ev­ery quick de­ci­sion may not be the best de­ci­sion, and ev­ery good se­lec­tion may not be a Godly se­lec­tion. A Godly se­lec­tion will not only meet your ex­pec­ta­tions, needs and de­sires, but it will also ex­ceed them. Wait on the Lord. Be anx­ious for noth­ing. Pray for ev­ery­thing with thanks­giv­ing and keep the faith, be­cause as I tell my chil­dren’s Bi­ble study stu­dents, he’s work­ing it all out be­hind the scenes.

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