I don’t know about you, but I often fail to distinguish rightly between what I need and what I want. Thankfully, God always gives me what I need, but not always what I want. He’s more interested in me than in seeing my requests granted. This is the essence of a loving, heavenly Father who only does what’s best for his children.
Imagine, for instance, a parent giving everything their child asks for? Imagine God giving us everything we pray for? How might your life be different if God answered “Yes” to all your requests? When God says “No” or answers in unexpected ways, it demonstrates that prayer is not some magical, mechanical incantation that views God as one who can be manipulated by our pleading. Prayer is not superstition, but an expression of a dynamic relationship with a God who is all-wise, all-good, and all-powerful.
“If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.” – C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock, (page 52)
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” – God via Paul the Apostle
“God, give us only what we need and grant that the training we now receive prepares us for eternal glory.”