After all these years of working outside the home, sometimes I feel like I never want to leave my house again. I started working as a waitress when I was 15 years old. In 2003, I retired from the phone company after 32 years and, after a year off, I started my own computer consulting business, now my 46th year of work.
Last week when the weatherman forecast a few inches of snow, I was so thrilled. Yes! Please God! Let it snow, and I’ll hibernate, cook stew, sit in my recliner, and knit. Then it occurred to me that while I was praying to be snowed in so I would have an excuse not to leave the house, others were praying God would hold off the snow so the roads would be clear for driving.
One prays the rain doesn’t come so they can go sunbathing at the lake, while the farmer prays for rain.
We pray for healing for one who’s in the hospital while she is praying for God to take her on home.
Who does God hear? Which prayer does He answer?
God hears and answers all our prayers and his answers are always the right answer for us. God is bigger than our prayers because He sees the big picture. He knows what is ahead.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV
His plan is not to make you happy, but to bring you joy. He doesn’t want to bring you romance, but love. He wants to bring you destiny, not just a job. He has a plan for your life, not just a work schedule. God has a place for you, not just a house. He has a family for you, not just people to hang out with.
God’s plan is perfect. Just keep praying and He will keep answering. Keep seeking Him with all your heart and you will find Him.