Get Ready!

And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.  Matthew 21:22

The other day my daughter played hooky from summer camp so she could “rest” for a sleepover she had scheduled with a friend.  Apparently, swimming is a form of rest to her because it wasn’t long in the day before she was asking if we could go to the pool.  I told her my classic response of, “We’ll see.”

So from there, I headed to the garden to finish planting the final rows of flowers for the season.  Rain was forecasted in the afternoon so getting these seeds in the ground was a top priority for the day.  As I began working, it wasn’t long before I was thinking the pool was a really good idea.  It was the first day of July, it was early and already very hot.  As I was thinking of how to fit the pool into our day, Little Miss I Need My Rest came running to the garden asking, “Are you done?  Are we going to the pool?”  Years of mothering have taught me to not prematurely commit to such activities because it never fails that something happens and we can’t go and then in a moment’s time I go from hero to zero.  So I responded to her, “I’m still working.  We’ll see.”  It was definitely not the response she wanted to hear but she took it in stride and returned to the house.  I continued to work and it wasn’t long before she appeared again asking the same questions and then again.  The final time she came to the garden and asked I said to her, “What are you believing for today?”  And she replied, “That we are going to the pool.”  So I said, “Good, then go and get ready for the pool believing that you are going.  Go get dressed and wait until I am done working.”  She was not particularly thrilled with my response.  She stood there for a while whining and pouting but finally returned to the house.  I had no idea what she would decide to do in her time waiting.  So I finished my work and headed inside to find my daughter dressed in her bathing suit ready for the pool.  I was so proud of her for listening, for having faith and for believing that she would receive what she had asked for and for taking measures to get ready.  I had to say yes.  There was no way I could tell her no as she sat there dressed and ready to go!  We were going to the pool! 

So as this scenario was unfolding with my daughter, I thought this is it.  This is all God wants us to do.  He wants us to ask Him for the desires of our heart, believe in Him and His willingness and ability to do it and then prepare ourselves and be ready to receive the things we have asked for when He is ready to give it.  Our part is having the courage to ask and faith to believe.  His part is creating the way.  We don’t have to return to God over and over again asking for the same thing like He can’t hear.  And we don’t have to spend our time trying to figure out the whens, wheres and hows like He can’t move.  And we don’t have to wonder if He wants to give us what we’ve asked for.  He is not a deaf, crippled, cold-hearted old man.  God’s hearing is great, He can move without our help and His heart loves to bless His children.  But as His children, we need to be patient after we ask and use our time waiting wisely to get ready.  We need to allow God room to prepare our hearts for what we have asked for and what He has planned to give.  If we spend the time worrying, doubting, or begging then we’re not going to be ready.  And I don’t know about you but when God is ready to move and says go, I want to be like my daughter dressed and ready to go! 

And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.  Matthew 21:22

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning. Luke 12:35

So if you, despite being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11

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