Posted by: rosanneromero | March 4, 2009


Isaiah 55:8 says “For My thoughts are not your thoughts.  Neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.  For as high as the heavens are from the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts”.    Munch on this verse.  Chew it, swallow it and digest it.  Notice God’s choice of words, “as high as the heavens are from the earth…”.  That’s how far our wisdom is from God’s.  And that is why our prayers are answered according to His wisdom, not ours.  According to His timetable, not ours.  

So we don’t get exactly what we pray for.  Not all the time.  Sometimes God gives us more than we pray for.  For instance, my friend moved to another country and asked God to help them buy a car.  God did more than she had asked.  She won a BMW at a small town raffle! 

            Sometimes, God will say no because we don’t pray with the right spirit.  For instance,  I had a gradeschool teacher who mercilessly  embarrassed  students and I prayed everyday that God make huge warts  grow and stay on her face till the end of her days.  I bumped into her after college,  and guess what —she’d  grown older, but no warts.  What a great disappointment.

            And sometimes, God will allow a long delay in His answer.  For instance,  Abram was seventy-five years old,  when God first told him that he would give him descendants as numerous as the stars.  Abram believed the promise wholeheartedly.  Yet,  God   delayed in making this come to pass.  Some years later, Abram prayed again and asked God to give him heirs. The Lord spoke the     same thing.  Count the stars, Abram, that’s how many offspring you    will have. 

But Abram got tired of waiting.  He took matters in his own    hands and at eighty-six,  he had a son by Hagar, Sarai’s  maidservant.  (By the way, did you know she was Egyptian?)  Anyway,  Ishmael was born.   And the son who was originally in God’s plan,  Isaac,  was given to Abram and Sarai only when he was a hundred years old.  Yep, God allowed a delay of twenty-five years.

There’s a conclusion God wants us to arrive at in this small part of the story of Abraham.   In a way, Ishmael was a man-made  problem, a complication Abraham had to deal with the rest of his life. 

The same thing happens to us when we  orchestrate people,  manipulate relationships, and engineer circumstances so that what we want comes to pass.  What’s scary is sometimes God will leave us to our own scheming.  And when the total mess is born,  the reality of our foolishness kicks in.

God answers our most fervent prayers.  But not always according to our specifications.  A delay or a “no” doesn’t mean you’ve been abandoned. He answers prayer in a way that is best for us.  Ponder Abraham’s story.  Ponder “For My thoughts  are not your thoughts…”.  Watch closely how God moves things around you.  Cooperate.  Yield.    Don’t give Him instructions.  After all, He’s the Sovereign King,  not your errand boy.  


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