I’m not sure where it comes from, but I am often reminded of a parable of two farmers praying for rain. The point of the story was that one farmer just prayed for rain, but the other farmer prepared his fields for rain. He prayed with an expectation that God would give what he was asking for.
Lately our prayer lives have been transforming. We are hearing from many promises, urging us to be diligent in our prayers, pray specifically, down to the details of what we are asking for, and to pray with expectation in our hearts that we will receive. That last part is the hardest. Deep down I want to protect myself, to not get my hopes up so I won’t be let down. My heart is convicted though. . . pray specifically, and pray with expectation.
I some ways I AM preparing my fields, but I also feel the hesitation in the depths of my faith. I hold back from telling most people what we are hoping, because I fear having to come back and tell them we were wrong. Sounds silly when I hear some of the stories of prayers answered, but I am seeking, striving, to be able to give myself wholeheartedly to the expectation of our requests.
Tomorrow is the day we may see into a window of how our prayers will be answered. The anticipation is light and excited, but not without fear.
Pray with us please, that every day we would increasingly trust He will give us the desires of our hearts, and that this story will develop into one of incredible goodness and faithfulness as we see our expectations come to fulfillment.
We have read again and again of His desire to give us good things, and His prodding to ask and we will receive. We believe our desires were His desires first, and look forward with anticipation.
Pray on with us my friends, and watch for good things!