Careful What You Pray For

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Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.  The Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger.” Genesis 25:21-23 NASB

The prayers I have prayed for my wife have been answered by God is such wonderful ways. I cannot imagine anyone more wonderful, well-fit, different than me (thank goodness), honest, beautiful, smart, thoughtful, … I could go on an one. God answered my prayers far beyond what I could think. That’s the way it is… sometimes our prayers bring an answer from God that is beyond what we expected. That can be surprisingly good and also difficult too. But, God knows best! Isaac (the child of promise) asked God for his wife to conceive. She would bear twins that would be at enmity with each other even into future generations. This was difficult and God’s plan at the same time. We should be careful what we pray for… or at least understanding when God says “yes”!

How rich is my prayer life, really? How have I engaged in constant communication with God, so the ‘surprises’ aren’t really surprises at all?

God, as this day begins- what an opportunity for ministry awaits. Please help me be Your instrument of comfort and peace. Help me always be grateful for the blessings You’ve brought into my life. I thank you for my lovely bride, our four children, the spouses, and oooooh, the grandchildren. You really have done more than I could ask or think. I got more than I prayed for!

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