For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” — Isaiah 55:8

Do you ever get carried away prayingyour plans for a friend or loved one? Have you included detailed suggestions as to the perfect answer for an urgent prayer need?

Recently when this happened to me I was reminded of the passage in the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:10). I am to pray God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. I had it backwards! I was trying to pray my will from earth into heaven.

We are not on God’s timetable. He is working in ways we cannot discern but, once we pray to the best of our understanding and leading, we must trust Him to work the situation out in His time and His way.

We can search for scriptures that pertain to the issue and prayer those back to Him. The Father loves to hear His words poken back to Him. It shows we have been diligent to read His word and to believe it.

I am also learning to pray that the person’s will would line up with God’s will. This bypasses all my well intended suggestions. Lord, help me to wait on you and remember that I do not have the answers for a friend unless you reveal it to me.

© Peggy Park

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