Ask and You Shall Receive

So, patience isn’t really my virtue. I mean, I can be patient around children, old people, and four legged furry friends, but I’m not always patient with God. I don’t know about you but I’m one of those people that hears, “Ask and you shall receive” as “I’ll drop it from the sky right now.” Unfortunately, that’s not how this whole faith thing works. Apparently you have to ask with a sincere heart, pure intentions, and there’s a caveat, it has to be the will of God. Which is a bit of a bummer because I can’t leave my work right now and I would love a donut.

In prayer, our Lord has never promised me donuts, though I have also never asked. What has he promised? He has promised me that I will never go hungry. He has been faithful to that promise. Awhile back I quit my job and focus on blogging full time. Well, this whole blogging thing hasn’t taken off yet and it has me very concerned. I’ve had to make some adjustments to my lifestyle, but I haven’t gone hungry. I truly believe this is what God wants me to be working on, but I haven’t seen the success I thought I would have. Which is probably the point.

Jacob had no idea he was going to have 12 sons, two wives, and two baby mamas when he left his father’s house. But Jacob was faithful to God and consistent in his work. That is how we can make space for God’s blessings. Jacob remembered the promises of God and when he reached the opportunity to go home, he had to take a moment and reflect on our Lord’s tremendous faithfulness to his promises.

I’m working to be like Jacob. I want to remain faithful to God, remember his promises, and to be consistent in the mission our Lord has assigned to me. I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes right now, it’s from St. Augustine. “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” So here I am, praying and working.

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