God is a Supreme Being, One with infinite intelligence, wisdom, power and might. He is so awesome that He sees the end from the beginning, and He calls those things that are not as though they were. Try as we might, we can’t hide from His presence because He is everywhere at the same time. He is also all knowing, even in regards to our thoughts; yet, He is liberal enough to provide us with free will. Even though He is the Creator, He yearns for relationships with us, His very creation.
Many of these concepts are mind boggling, leaving us powerless to comprehend the entire spectrum of such a Holy God. However, in spite of this awesome truth, at times, we attempt to use prayer to manipulate God into fulfilling our desires. Sometimes we set our sights on particular things, acting like bulldogs, holding on to freshly cut meat. We won’t let go, demanding that God complies with our wishes. Instead of approaching God with opened hearts and listening ears, we come with set agendas, demanding that He fulfills our wants and desires.
Those approaching God in this manner may be setting themselves up for major disappointments. God is not a genie, waiting to perform our every whim. He is a God of order and purpose. We must understand that we were designed to fulfill His purposes, not the other way around. Once we wrap our minds around this wonderful concept, we will find it easier to accept God’s plans for our lives. This doesn’t mean these journeys will be without bumps and bruises, but they will be fulfilling journeys, journeys producing character and strength that otherwise would be forfeited.
So when you enter God’s presence, go before Him with an opened heart and listening ears. His plan for your life may not be what you wanted, but it will always be for the greater good.